Halle Berry confirms engagement to Olivier Martinez

Washington: Halle Berry has admitted that she was shocked by her own decision to marry Olivier Martinez, after having sworn off the institution in 2007. Dating since 2010, it was revealed in January that the French actor, 46, had proposed to Berry--who has been married twice before, to baseball player David Justice and R ‘n’ B singer Eric Benet--over the holidays.

Still, Berry, 45, had refused to confirm her and Martinez’s happy news until now. Opening up to US show Extra at an event Saturday, the Dark Tide star laughed when asked about her engagement to Martinez. “Who knew? I swore [marriage] off, right?” a website has reported.

“Never say never, people!” she added.

Back in 2007 marriage was the last thing on her mind when she insisted: “I will never, never get married again.

“Actually it’s just that now I’ve come to a place where I think two people can share their lives without the ring, without the piece of paper.”

Martinez, for his part, finally confirmed the couple’s engagement in March, telling Miami.com, “Yes, of course we’re engaged!”

Prior to meeting the actor-turned-restauranteur, a source told UsMagazine that Berry really had “given up” on marriage--but changed her tune as soon as she got to know Martinez, and saw how wonderful a father he would make to Nahla, her 4-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.

“She trusts Olivier,” the source shared. “He makes her feel safe. He’s a keeper!”