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Halle Berry Sets the Record Straight After Sparking Marriage Rumors on IG

It looks like April Fool's Day came a few months early for Halle Berry.

On Instagram, the Bruised director rang in the New Year with what initially appeared to be a wedding announcement. Berry posted a pic of herself and her musician boyfriend, Van Hunt, sharing a kiss at an altar that featured a stunning view of the water. The caption read, "Well…IT'S OFFICIAL," which led fans to believe that the pair recently tied the knot. Even celebrities, including Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, congratulated the happy couple in the comments. But as it turns out, Berry's romantic post was just a creative way of bidding farewell to 2021.

What most followers missed was the second slide, which features a closeup of Berry and Hunt grinning right at the camera with the phrase, "It's 2022!" In other words, the actress really meant to say, "It'd officially a new year."

Still, the clever prank was mistaken for a real marriage announcement and even made headlines on news sites. Berry quickly followed up with another IG post to set the record straight. She wrote, "We were just having some New Year’s Day fun! People clearly don’t swipe as much as we thought they did. Thank you for the well wishes, though’, it really touched our hearts! Now it’s OFFICIAL, the internet is no longer undefeated. #nomoreswipes4me #Januaryfoolsday."

The playful New Year's post comes just a few weeks after Berry spoke out about her relationship with Hunt at the Annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television event in December 2021. While accepting her Career Achievement Award, she delivered a touching speech that included a little tribute to her partner. She said, "You know, I finally found love this year everybody. I know you all have been on this painful journey with me! You've watched me fail and fail and fail and fail. Besides directing my first movie, I also found the love of my life and I know it's true and this is how I know it's true. Because you fail so many times, you know what wrong looks like. And because I failed so many times, I now know what [love] really looks like."

Something tells us that these lovebirds will eventually share another snap of themselves at the altar—but next time, it'll be the real deal.

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