Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, who’ve long been embroiled in a bitter custody battle over their three-year-old daughter Nahla, have been ordered to take parenting classes together to see how their fighting is affecting their daughter and to figure out how to co-parent.
Sources told RadarOnline that the classes recommended by the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services, “will give them the tools to work through their issues, and hopefully become better parents for it.” TMZ also reported that Gabriel agreed to take anger management classes and that the couple has been asked to get counseling for Nahla.
The alleged orders for counseling and anger management were meted out after Halle, 45, went to Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to strip her ex-boyfriend, 36, of visitation rights. Halle’s request comes after Nahla’s nanny filed a police report claiming Gabriel pushed her while she was holding the little girl. The nanny also claims, according to TMZ, that Gabriel screams at the child and violently yanked Nahla from her arms when she questioned why he’d kept the child out of school for two days. “You’re the (expletive) nanny. Who do you think you are? You are a nobody,” he is said to have yelled at the nanny before pushing her, according to the report, as noted in USA Today. Gabriel is now being investigated for criminal child endangerment and battery charges.
The report recommends the ex-couple’s custody arrangement remain the same, but social workers, according to reports, concluded Aubry needs to work on his “anger issues” and he agreed to enroll, but adamantly denies he used force against the nanny. A judge is expected to make a final decision on the custody arrangement.
This much is true: Halle and Gabriel are not the first couple to fight over their child and they certainly won’t be the last. The hope, though, is that somewhere in the middle of the anger, vitriol and accusations, everyone involved can remember that the person most affected by the bitter fighting is the baby—a human being who had neither power nor control over the relationship or the break-up. Of course, adult complications—the human heart—make this so much harder to keep at the forefront of relationships gone bad. Our prayer is that Halle and Gabriel figure out how to work it out for little Nahla’s sake. For sure, counseling is an excellent start for the two and millions of other ex-couples facing the complicated task of disliking each other but raising children together. We wish them the best of luck.
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