Who is Van Hunt?
A Grammy-awarded funk rocker, who rose to prominence after releasing his self-titled debut album in 2004, Van Hunt is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. To the ones who don’t follow his career, he’s perhaps known best as the latest boyfriend of the famous model and actress, Halle Berry.
Nevertheless, let us tell you more about this musician; he was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 8 March 1970, in Dayton, Ohio USA; he holds American nationality, and his ethnicity is African-American.
Van was raised by his parents, and was into music from an early age. He was aged seven when he began playing drums, and then a year later, he took-up the saxophone, later adding keyboards, and the last instrument he learned to play was the guitar.
Speaking of his educational background, Van attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1998, he enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied English, but eventually dropped out to pursue his career as a music producer for Atlanta rappers.
At the beginning of his career, Van worked with Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer, writing and co-producing songs for them, and during 2000, he recorded many of the songs from his debut album, however, as mentioned, it wasn’t released until 2004.
The singles such as “Dust”, “Down Here in Hell”, and “Seconds of Pleasure” were the most listened to songs, from the album, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
Van released his second album “On the Jungle Floor” in 2006, and then five years later, he released his third album “What Were You Hoping For”, followed by his albums “The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets” in 2015, and “Blue Note” in 2017.
During his career, Van has collaborated with popular musicians such as Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Seal, and many others, while he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for his 2007 collaboration with Joss Stone and John Legend on their cover of the song “Family Affair” by Sly & Family Stone.
Speaking of his personal life, Van was married once, his ex-wife is Millicent Hunt and they divorced back in 2007, after, as she said, Van left her and their son, Drake, and moved to Los Angeles, California. According to her statement, Van ‘seeks to dissolve this over 15-year marriage to be with another women’, adding that he confessed to Millicent that the other woman is his ‘soul mate’.
He prefers to keep his personal matters away from the media’s attention and avoids answering questions regarding his private life, telling his interlocutors to ask him about his music and his songs.
Relationship with Halle Berry
Although the rumors about Van Hunt and Halle Berry dating started in the summer of 2020, the two confirmed their relationship in September 2020, and since then they’ve been seen publicly at various red-carpets events, while they both often share joint photos on their social media platforms.
Halle Berry is an actress with 60 credits to her name, who gained worldwide recognition after her portrayal of the mutant superhero Storm in the movie adaptation of the comic book series “X-Men”, however, her most notable role is certainly her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in the movie “Monster’s Ball”, which brought her the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, in 2002, making her the first woman of color to win this award.
Some of her notable roles have been in blockbuster movies such as “Die Another Day”, “Gothika”, and “John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum”, among others, and during her over 30-year- long career, Halle has had 90 award nominations and 49 wins, so it isn’t surprising that she’s named one of the most successful African-American actresses.
She was also declared No.1 on People’s magazine ’50 Most Beautiful People in the World’ in 2003, and the same year was ranked No.1 on FHM’s list of ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’.
Speaking of her personal life, she was in relationships with actors such as Christopher Williams and Wesley Snipes, before she married baseball player David Justice in 1993, but they divorced four years later.
Her second husband was singer-songwriter, Eric Benet, and they were married from 2001 until 2005, and that same year, Halle started dating French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.
In March 2008, Halle gave birth to their daughter, and when they separated in 2010, they battled for custody over the girl, since Halle wanted to move with her to France, where her new boyfriend, Olivier Martinez, was living. She married Olivier in July 2013, and in October that same year, birth to their son, however, this marriage ended in December 2016.
When Halle started dating Van Hunt, she was the one who first revealed their relationship through her Instagram, as it seems that Van is more secretive when it comes to their love. In his interview with Domenick Nati, after he was asked about how the two met, he answered that he wouldn’t go into details, adding: ‘I’m just glad that we met. I’m glad that we had the opportunity to meet, it’s something that I never dreamed possible…to begin a relationship at 50.’
Halle and Van worked together for the movie “Bruised”, which was Halle’s directing debut, and Van was credited for the soundtrack – the song “Automatic Woman” won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Original Song in 2022.
As of May 2022, the two are still together, and according to their photos and posts on social media, they are both enjoying their love.
How rich is Van Hunt?
According to sources, Halle Berry has a net worth estimated at $100 million, and if you wondered how rich her boyfriend is, during his over 20-year-long career, this multi-talented musician and producer has earned a decent amount of money, so as of early 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.