In the same interview, Berry called her relationship with singer Benet "really horrific." "We were in sex rehab after one year," she said. "I wish I had left then, but I was putting everyone's needs before mine." Berry also revealed that a boyfriend once hit her so hard she still suffers from hearing loss in her left ear.
Psychoanalyst Wendy Lee Walsh speculated that because Berry was raised by her mom and was estranged from her dad (her parents divorced when she was 4 years old), she might be searching in vain for a father figure, not just for Nala but also for herself.
"She's going to pick the men who provide the most challenge -- the men who can't love, the men who are emotionally absent," Walsh said. "These are the quote-unquote perfect mates for her kind of attachment style."
Martinez may serve as a source of comfort to Berry as her fight for Nahla heats up. But if she wants to win full custody, priority No. 1 can't be a boyfriend or a movie -- it's got to be all about the girl.
"I feel for Halle, but she hooked up with the guy, they produced the child, and he has rights," said Debri Opri, a California family law attorney. "Unless she proves that he's a danger to the health, safety and welfare of Nahla, nothing will take his rights away. She's got to show up and be the mom and put her actions where her words are."