Monday, March 12, 2012

'Of course it's true'! Olivier Martinez confirms his engagement to Halle Berry

By Dianne King

Happy couple: Olivier Martinez smiled broadly as he confirms he has gotten engaged to Halle Berry who has been sporting an emerald ring on her finger for several weeks

There had been rumours over the past few weeks that Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez had gotten engaged after she was seen wearing an emerald ring.

But now the French actor has confirmed that they are indeed planning to tie the knot.

Martinez was at the opening of his new restaurant Villa Azur in South Beach last night when he spoke of the happy news.

It's official: The couple's relationship has steadily grown over the past few months

'Yes, of course it's true,' the 46-year-old told The Miami Herald proudly.

But Martinez also wanted to dispel a report from a jeweller who had been bragging he had designed the ring for the bride-to-be.

'There is a jeweller taking credit for doing the ring and it's a lie,' he said. 'They have nothing to do with this.'

Going strong: The couple met while filming their movie Dark Tide in South Africa in 2010

The sparkler was actually designed by Robert Mazlo who is a Parisian jeweller based in Saint-Germain-de-Pres.

Martinez said he was a 'real artist' who made jeweller for 'kings and queens for many centuries.'

This will be Halle's third marriage after failed relationships with former baseball star David Justice and soul singer Eric Benét.

She has a three-year-old daughter, Nahla, with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry although the pair are currently embroiled in a bitter custody dispute. Olivier has grown very close to the little girl and they have often been seen playing together and being affectionate towards each other.

Happy family: Olivier has grown close to three-year-old Nahla

Meanwhile, Olivier has dated a long list of actresses and models including Mira Sorvino, Kylie Minogue and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The pair met while filming their new movie Dark Tide in South Africa in 2010.

Halle's ex Gabriel Aubry has allegedly filed legal documents that might require her to pay through the nose for his lifestyle.

He is said to have asked for $15,000 - $20,000 a month so that he can provide a proper home for his little girl.

The ex-files: Gabriel Aubry has filed legal documents in a bid to obtain mass amounts of money from Berry for their daughter, Nahla

According to, he has also asked for a 'very large' clothing allowance amount for his daughter, as well as additional funds to take her to Canada to visit his family. The website reports that she is fighting Aubry on his request.

A hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but has been put off until April 9.

A dependency judge still has to decide whether or not some of Aubry's custody rights will be taken away.

Halle is said to be pushing to have the right to take Nahla to France where she wants to set up a home there with Olivier.



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