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Halle Berry admits she feels 'guilty and responsible' over 3 failed marriages

Marriage is not an easy fit for everybody, something Halle Berry knows all too well.

The Oscar-winning actress told a crowd during a speech Saturday that she's "kind of anti-fairy tales today" when it comes to long-term, serious relationships. Berry added that having split from three men to whom she'd said "I do" makes her feel "guilty and responsible."

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Halle Berry, who was the keynote speaker at the City Summit 2017 in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Speaking at the 2017 City Summit and Gala in Los Angeles, Berry — who served as the keynote speaker — shared her heart. "I have learned to deal with three failed marriages, which has not been easy, especially when there’s children involved," the 50-year-old said, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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"[As] women, we go into marriage thinking it's going to last forever and that this is our prince on a shiny horse. That's what fairy tales taught me as a kid … and I'm kind of anti — fairy tales today," she added.

Berry was married to David Justice from 1993-97; Eric Benét from 2001-05; and Olivier Martinez from 2013-16. She has two children, 8-year-old Nahla with Gabriel Aubry and 3-year-old Maceo, with Martinez.

She noted that when marriage falls apart, "it feels like a huge failure and a huge disappointment."

"I've often felt guilty and responsible," Berry added. "I've suffered a lot of pain and anguish."

That said, she has found a silver lining: she's learned from each failure.

"In every one of those situations, as hard — and sometimes embarrassing — as it was, I learned so much about myself," she said. "All of those relationships were necessary for me. ... For that, I'm grateful. But it has been hard. It's been a difficult part of my life."

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Halle Berry.

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And one of the biggest lessons she's learned is to focus on her children. "Right now, being mom is my most important job, and I now know that everything I do, everything I say and everything I offer them is really important," she said, while referencing to her work with the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence prevention program.

"I say lots of things, but I think what's more important is that my children watch what I do," she said. "I'm more mindful of how I live my life and what they see me do."

A valuable lesson for everyone.

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