Halle Berry spoke to Extra in the wake of news that she and Olivier Martinez are divorcing after two years of marriage

By People Staff
November 05, 2015 05:20 PM
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Halle Berry is speaking out for the first time since the headline-making news of her divorce from third husband Olivier Martinez was announced.

“I’m doing okay, I really am,” Berry told Extra when asked how she’s holding up. “I, I keep pushing and I’m really happy to be here,” she said, referencing her attendance at a Wednesday, Nov. 5, charity event benefiting domestic violence prevention and intervention organization Jenesse Center, Inc.

“Whenever you’re going through anything in life, when you step outside yourself and focus on others, that’s always the best remedy for any situation that you’d rather not be dealing with.”

When asked whether her daughter Nahla, 7, knows how strong her mother is, handling the split and now being a single parent, Berry laughed.

“Oh yeah, you should be in my house!” she said, adding that her son Maceo, 1, has chicken pox. “Maceo didn’t go trick-or-treating cause he has the chicken pox, Nahla was a zombie cheerleader and we had a great [time] … I was a pirate and she [Nahla], she’s like, ‘You’re a sexy pirate mommy.’ I’m like, ‘What do you know about a sexy pirate?’ ”

The interview is the first Berry has given since the news of her divorce broke nearly two weeks ago, save for a moving speech she made at the benefit for Jenesee Center, where she addressed her own experience with domestic violence and how she feels one of her life’s purposes is “to help others, especially women.”

“I saw my mother battered and beaten many years of my life and I felt helpless,” she said. “”And that’s what connects me to this organization. I have an understanding, a knowing. I feel like I have something that I can impart to these women. It seems like I’ve overcome it, but I really haven’t. In the quiet of my mind, I still struggle. So while I’m helping these women, I’m helping myself through it, too. And that’s largely why I’m here.”