What's Behind Halle Berry's Divorce

Supposed temper issues on both sides, plus work-life balance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 10:44 AM CDT
What's Behind Halle Berry's Divorce
In this June 13, 2013 file photo, Olivier Martinez poses with Halle Berry prior to the screening of the film "Things We Lost in the Fire" during the Champs-Elysees Film Festival in Paris.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

What led Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez to file for divorce? According to People's sources, Martinez's temper is largely to blame. "He had an explosive temper in a way that was profoundly frightening," one source says. "You never knew when he would explode." But, though "he was very possessive in a very kind of caveman way, he was never physically abusive." Still, the source says, Martinez's "anger management issues" and the "unnerving" nature of his "unpredictable temper" were the last straw for Berry. (Though her temper doesn't sound much better—another source previously told People, "They both have fiery personalities and don't like to compromise. Halle has threatened to file for divorce several times after arguments." And a TMZ source says she's "very difficult" and "goes nuts when she doesn't get her way.")

"It was non-stop fighting towards the end. Two very hot-headed people. It’s going to be a very bitter divorce," another source tells Us. Sources also say Martinez wasn't happy living in LA and didn't feel he and Halle got to spend enough time together due to her work schedule. As for the aforementioned "bitter divorce," that's already looking to be true: Berry first filed for divorce under an alias to avoid publicity, then Martinez filed his own paperwork, then Berry filed again using her real name, People reports. A legal expert says she probably wanted to be the first to file in order to be considered the petitioner and thus gain a "tactical ... advantage" in court. TMZ says it's clear she wants to be the petitioner and that a "fight" seems to be inevitable. People also notes that the two seem to disagree on the issue of spousal support, though they do have a prenup. Both are seeking joint custody of their son. (Berry and Martinez looked happy together less than two weeks ago.)

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