Halle Berry has admitted that she considers her daughter to be black. Berry says in the latest issue of Ebony magazine, “I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory.”
But Halle adds that Nahla, who has white heritage on both of her parents’ side, will have to choose how she identifies herself when she gets a little older.
“What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide – how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s black.”
Halle also speaks of interracial relationships in the issue and says, “Well,first thing I want to say is that I’m very connected to my community and I want black people to know that I haven’t abandoned them because I’ve had a child with a man outside of my race and I’m dating someone now outside of my race who is Spanish and French. I have never been more clear about who I am as a black woman. The people I have dated sort of hold up a mirror to me and help me realize more of who I really am.”
Halle is currently embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex, Gabriel Aubry.