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Halle to wed a third time after Martinez engagement

HALLE BERRY is to marry for a third time after getting engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez, it was claimed today.

"Yes, of course it's true," Martinez told the Miami Herald in an article posted online, referring to engagement rumours that have been swirling around the couple.

Martinez, who has previously dated several high-profile women, including Kylie Minogue and Mira Sorvino, also took the opportunity to set the record straight on the designer of the engagement ring Berry has been wearing since January.

Contrary to reports that the emerald ring is Gurhan-designed, it's the creation of jeweller Robert Mazlo from the actor's native Paris, he said.

The Mazlo jewellers have been designing jewellery for "kings and queens for many centuries," Martinez told the paper.

Berry and Martinez have been dating since 2010, when they worked together on the film Dark Tide, due for release this year. This would be the third marriage for Berry (45), who won a best actress Oscar for her role in 2001 film Monster's Ball. She was married to former baseball player David Justice from 1993 to 1997 and to singer Eric Benet from 2001 to 2005.

She has a daughter, Nahla, who turns four this month, with French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, with whom she is embroiled in a bitter custody battle.

For Martinez (46), the wedding would be his first.