Halle Berry Just Posted a Father's Day Instagram About Her Estranged Father

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If you've been on Instagram at all day, your feed is likely filled with pictures new and throwback from people who want to wish their Dad a Happy Father's Day. Each post is meant to be heartwarming, but all together, it can sting for people whose father or father figure has passed—or for people who simply have a complicated relationship with Dad. If you're relating to this at all, Halle Berry's Instagram tribute is for you.

The actress posted a throwback photo artfully held in her hand, with the first part of the caption saying: "On this Father's Day my heart is full...full of love for my DADDY! This is one of only 2 pictures I have of him, and it has become family gold!"

But then, she gets super real.

"While I didn't have much of a relationship with him while he was here, as he was alcohol addicted and that addiction robbed us of the relationship we were meant to have, I now understand how much he loved me and how vital he was and is to my life!" she wrote. "I miss you today daddy and wherever you are, I know you're smiling down on me because I feel your love!"

There is very little on the internet about Berry's father, Jerome Jesse Berry. But we do know that her parents divorced when she was young, and he walked out on his family. "I haven't heard from him since," Berry told a local newspaper in 1992. "Maybe he's not alive." He passed away years later, in 2003, in Euclid, Ohio.

She and her older sister Heidi were raised by their mother, Judith Ann Hawkins, a psychiatric nurse. Born in 1968, Berry grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the '70s and attended middle school and high school in Bedford. She left Ohio once she started doing pageants, famously becoming Miss Ohio USA in 1986.

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Berry in 1986.

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Now, the Oscar-winner seems to have worked past any anger or resentment toward her father. While that may not be possible for everyone, it's great to see Berry's message of love on what can be a difficult day for many.


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