Halle Berry Marriages
2016 Key To The Cure Ambassador, Halle Berry attends Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates Key To The Cure at Mr Chow on October 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue)

On Saturday, Halle Berry opened up during a Q&A at the 2017 City Summit and Gala in Los Angeles, California, about the “pain and anguish” of her three failed marriages.

“I have learned to deal with three failed marriages, which has not been easy, especially when there’s children involved,” she said, later adding, “[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 fairytales taught me as a kid … and I’m kind of anti-fairytales today.”

“But we go in there with that hope, so when it falls apart it feels like a huge failure and a huge disappointment,” she added. “I’ve often felt guilty and responsible. I’ve suffered a lot of pain and anguish.”

However, she added, with every heartbreak came life lessons.

“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. We all come here with lessons that we have to learn and those relationships provided me with lessons that got me to where I am right now. For that, I’m grateful. But it has been hard. It’s been a difficult part of my life.”