Who Is Halle Berry's Boyfriend? All About Van Hunt

Halle Berry and Van Hunt revealed their relationship on Instagram in September 2020

Halle Berry and Van Hunt attend the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
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Meet Van Hunt, the musician wooing Halle Berry.

In September 2020, the Oscar-winning actress shared a cheeky photograph of herself on Instagram, where she donned a black T-shirt bearing the logo of her singer beau along with an olive-colored pageboy cap.

"now ya know... ♥️🦶🏽," Berry wrote in the caption, which included a foot emoji, referencing an earlier Instagram post she shared in July of her feet playing footsie with an unknown man.

Like Berry, Hunt also has a career in the entertainment industry. He is a Grammy award-winning recording artist who has released five albums beginning with his self-titled debut album in 2004.

"Halle has found a soulmate in Van," a film source told PEOPLE about the couple. "She feels greatly loved by him. She is very happy and secure in the relationship."

So, who is Halle Berry's boyfriend? Here's everything to know about Van Hunt and his relationship with the X-Men actress.

He has been a lifelong musician

Van Hunt performs during the 15th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference on September 20, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Hunt began playing musical instruments when he was just a kid, first picking up the drums at age 7. According to Page Six, his father was friends with Ohio Players drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams.

He then learned to play the saxophone and keyboard, and much later, the guitar, which the outlet reported was the last instrument he learned to play.

He has won a Grammy

In 2007, Hunt took home the Grammy Award for R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals in 2007 for "Family Affair," a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone that appeared on the album Different Strokes by Different Folks.

He was also nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for urban/alternative performance for his song "Dust," however, Hunt did not win.

He was managed by Randy Jackson of American Idol

Randy Jackson (R) and Singer Van Hunt pose with his Grammy for best R&B Performance by a duo or group with Vocals, "Family Affair" in the press room at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California
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Early in his career, Hunt found a strong supporter in musician and producer Randy Jackson, who rose to nationwide fame as a judge on the reality competition show American Idol from 2002 to 2013. Jackson managed Hunt early in his career.

In a 2012 interview with Windy City Times, Hunt admitted that he never watched his manager on American Idol. "I don't watch American Idol," he said. "I don't even need to. I can just have dinner with him and have a good conversation that way."

He is a dad

The singer-songwriter has one teenage son. He mainly keeps his personal life private and away from social media. However, he does post a bit about his son from time to time, including one post from last December, where he showed off a Christmas gift his son gave to him.

"From the yung hitta, w love," Hunt captioned a now-deleted Instagram post of a "Best Dad Ever" mug.

In a 2011 interview, Hunt said he loves being a father to his son, sharing, "It is a lot of fun! I can't imagine anybody not wanting to explore the opportunity to be a father, if you should decide to have a child."

He attended Morehouse College

Hunt attended Morehouse College and majored in English, but he left the school before finishing his degree.

He told Essence that if he didn't make it in music, he would be doing something in "applied mathematics or astrophysics" and admitted that he was a "terrible student."

He has the approval of Berry's fans and one of her close friends

In September 2020, when Berry first shared her Instagram post about her new beau, her trainer and close friend Peter Lee Thomas posted in the comments. He wrote, "The greatest guy I know," with a red heart and applause emojis. Halle responded with a simple red heart emoji.

Elsewhere, a slew of fans commented on the post as well, where one user wrote, "So happy for you Halle, you are so deserving of unconditional love❤️" and another added, "Love your love."

Berry blamed Ellen DeGeneres for not introducing her to him sooner

When Berry appeared on the Feb. 3, 2022, episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres revealed that Hunt performed on the first season of her show in 2004 before Berry appeared on an episode later that season.

"We've talked about this, he and I, and actually a few days ago, when I knew I was coming here," Berry told DeGeneres. "I said, 'You know, I was on her first season,' and he goes, 'So was I,' and I said, 'You mean you could've found me 20 years and saved me all this misery I've been through?'"

Berry joked that DeGeneres "would've saved [her] three marriages" if she had them on the same episode.

He and Berry pulled off a marriage prank

On Jan. 1, 2022, Berry and Hunt, seemingly, revealed to the world that they had gotten married by posting a photo of them kissing in front of an altar on Instagram with the caption "well… IT'S OFFICIAL!" The couple received many comments congratulating them on their nuptials.

However, the next day Berry posted another photo of the two on Instagram with a caption explaining that they "were just having some New Year's Day fun" and had not gotten married. She also wrote, "thank you for the well wishes, tho', it really touched our hearts! Now it's OFFICIAL, the internet is no longer undefeated."

"We were just teasing, trying our very own January Fool's Day," Hunt later said on The Domenick Nati Show.

Berry called him the love of her life

Halle Berry and Van Hunt attend the 27th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration at Dolby Terrace at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
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Berry was honored with the Career Achievement Award at the 4th Annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television in 2021, and during her acceptance speech, she praised Hunt.

"You know I finally found love this year, everybody," Berry said. "Even though you all have been on this painful journey with me. You watched me fail and fail and fail. And besides directing my first movie, I also found the love of my life, and I know it's true, and this is how I know it's true."

She continued, "Because you fail so many, you know what wrong looks like. Because I failed so many times, I now know what [love] really looks like. And so my partner is here tonight, Van, and you have supported me."

He says that Berry has inspired his new music

Van Hunt and Halle Berry attend the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
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Hunt released his last single in 2015, several years before he started dating Berry. However, the musician told Entertainment Tonight on March 29, 2021, that she inspired him to create new music.

Regarding their relationship, Hunt said, "I could show you rather than I could tell you, and I will show you really soon, I promise," he said, teasing new music.

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