Halle Berry Got Real About the 'Constant Struggles' of Motherhood

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No parent has everything perfectly together and lives a flawless life -- not even one of the world's most beautiful people. Halle Berry recently opened up about motherhood and the "constant struggle" to balance it all -- and it's pretty relatable.


The 50-year-old Academy Award winner didn't hold back during the the Venture Final Pitch event when asked about raising daughter Nahla, 9, and son Maceo-Robert, 3, while keeping up with her career.

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"You don't ever balance it completely," Berry mentions to People. "It's a constant struggle of a little more time there, a little more time here, and feeling a little bit guilty all the time."

Halle Berry with children

No matter the guilt -- which often overwhelms even the best of mothers -- Halle says she's taking things in stride.

"Having careers and being fulfilled that way makes us better mothers," the mom of two admits. "It makes us better able to operate in our careers with a sense of compassion and empathy that make us better businesswoman. We have to have them both and we have to keep trying to figure it out. And we get it wrong sometimes. And guess what, that is okay too."

And when free time actually arises, you know where you can find this proud mama: with her kids.

Halle Berry with children

"When I happen to have free time I am always thinking about what can I do with [Nahla and Maceo]," Berry reveals. "What can I do to have those moments really matter? I want that quality time because I know quantity is sometimes limited."

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Halle also believes mommies who work outside the home need to stop beating themselves up in the guilt department. (And that's a sermon in and of itself that should be put on a mix tape and played again and again -- because it's so true.)

"I just keep telling all my mom friends who work that it's okay to give ourselves a little slack sometimes and not let the guilt sit on us so heavily and know that we are doing the best we can," Berry tells People.

As easy as it is to write off celebrities' feelings -- because they have access to nannies, private planes, and millions of dollars and "can never understand" us common folk -- much of Halle's words hit home, simply because she's a mother who, like the rest of us, is trying to figure it out.

"I like where I have arrived," Berry notes in her People interview. "I assume my successes and my failures have been a part of my wonderful journey, and I wouldn't change a thing."

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