Halle Berry’s failed marriages made her feel "so guilty".
The ‘Extant’ star – who has been divorced three times – admits she has "suffered a lot of pain and anguish" as a result of her splits from Olivier Martinez, Eric Benét and David Justice.
She said: "I have learned to deal with three failed marriages, which has not been easy, especially when there’s children involved. [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. I’ve often felt guilty and responsible. I’ve suffered a lot of pain and anguish."
And whilst each split has been tough on the 50-year-old actress – who has Nahla, eight, with her ex-partner Gabriel Aubry and Maceo, three, with her former spouse Olivier – she feels it has taught her a lot about herself.
Speaking in a Q & A at the City Summit event in Los Angeles on Saturday (02.11.17), she added: "In every one of those situations, as hard – and sometimes embarrassing – as it was, I learned so much about myself.
"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."
Meanwhile, Halle previously admitted she is feeling happier than ever following her split from Olivier.
She explained: "I just feel happy, you know? I’ve arrived at a really good place once again, that’s always good news. Down time, dark times, don’t last forever – the sun is out again and it feels great."