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When speaking on her childhood, Halle Berry has been open in the past about her father’s struggles with alcoholism, and alleged that she witnessed him being abusive to her mother. She recounted her mother being hit in the head with a bottle and even kicked down stairs.

“I saw my mother battered, and could not do anything to stop it,”  she said back in 2009. “My father was tyrannical, lashing out at her for no reason. I felt the effects that had on our family.”

Because of these struggles, and the fact that Jerome Jesse Berry left the family when she was young, Halle didn’t have a good relationship with her dad.

“I haven’t heard from him since [he left],” she said in 1992. “Maybe he’s not alive.”

Jesse was very much alive at the time, just estranged. He did eventually pass away in 2003 of a heart attack after suffering with Parkinson’s Disease. He was only 68 at the time. Even though he’s been gone for about 16 years, it’s still never too late to forgive and move forward. The 52-year-old Oscar-winning actress proved that with the heartwarming message she shared on Instagram for her dad on Sunday.

“On this Father’s Day my heart is full…full of love for my DADDY!” she wrote alongside a photo of his younger self. “This is one of only 2 pictures I have of him, and it has become family gold! While I didn’t have much of a relationship with him while he was here, as he was alcohol addicted and that addiction robbed us of the relationship we were meant to have, I now understand how much he loved me and how vital he was and is to my life! I miss you today daddy and wherever you are, I know you’re smiling down on me because I feel your love!”

Talk about growth.

After her father left their family, Halle was raised alongside her older sister, Heidi, by her mother, Judith. Her father also had a daughter from another relationship, Halle’s sister, Renee.

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