As far as Hollywood’s most iconic go, Halle Berry stands as an undisputed elite. The first (and to date, only) black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress, she established herself as one of the highest-paid actresses with many notable roles in her catalog. From Storm in the X-Men series to Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball, she’s proven herself capable of taking on diverse roles and even launched her own production company, 606 Films.

Berry is a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, and recently, she confirmed her new relationship with a grand red carpet debut, but who exactly is Halle Berry’s boyfriend?

Who Is Halle Berry’s Boyfriend?

Musician, Van Hunt is the latest man to steal her heart. We first got a glimpse of the couple via a cheeky Instagram post during the summer of 2020, showcasing Berry giving Hunt a kiss on the cheek. While she’s barely visible in the photo, fans were quick to spot her out. Having weathered a few public breakups, Berry has taken her time with the hard launch, making sure of Hunt’s intentions.

From celebrating birthdays in Vegas to romantic Valentine’s Day getaways, once the cat was out of the bag, the couple has not been shy about showcasing their newfound love to the world via Instagram. She even captioned a birthday post “Happy birthday VanO. I wish I’d known you sooner so I could have loved you longer!”

The couple made an exquisite red carpet debut at the 2021 Oscars, leaving the world stunned and excited. It’s evident that the couple’s romance is serious, even taking the time to meet each other’s children.

While it has yet to be revealed how the couple connected, we do know it happened in early 2020. Because they connected over quarantine, the blossoming couple was forced to take it slow, resulting in an established mental connection. “We were forced to let only our brains connect and discover if we had a connection before our bodies decided to get involved,” she revealed in an interview with AARP: The Magazine. “I’d never done it this way. I fell in love with his mind, his conversation.”

Who Is Van Hunt?

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hunt was immediately enamored by the world of music. He took up the drums at age 7 and saxophone by the age of 8, later adding in bass, keyboards and guitar. He released his debut album via Capitol Records in 2004, with a sound described as funky neo-soul.

While Berry is undoubtedly a master of her craft, Hunt holds his own as a creative as well. In 2007, Hunt won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with John Legend and Joss Stone, for their cover of the Sly & the Family Stone’s “Family Affair.”

The acclaimed musician and producer opened up about the influence of his relationship on his music with Entertainment Tonight, claiming she’s had a major creative impact. “The inspiration for our relationship goes across everything, even in my parenting,” he shared. “I’m a completely different person, I can say it like that, and I think that it’s improved every aspect of my life.” 

Who Are Halle Berry’s Exes?

When it comes to public romance, Berry has had her fair share of love affairs, resulting in three marriages and two children. She was formerly married to baseball player David Justice, singer-songwriter Eric Benét and actor Olivier Martinez

Berry shares her 15-year-old daughter Nahla Ariela with model ex Gabriel Aubry, whom she dated from 2005 to 2010. The two became involved in a highly publicized custody battle, ending in restraining orders and domestic disputes. She later married Martinez from 2013 to 2016, sharing with him 10-year-old son Maceo-Robert.

She jokingly blamed Ellen Degeneres for her three divorces, saying that had she introduced her to Hunt in 2004 when he was on her show the same season Berry was, she would have never married anyone else.

Halle Berry Is Head Over Heels

Referring to him as her “soulmate” and “love of her life,” it’s undeniable that Berry is head over heels in love. The actress shared with Extra in November 2021, “When you’re loved and supported as a woman, everything changes. The day looks brighter, everything looks better. Your opportunity seems limitless.”