Halle Berry's ex engaged to Prince's ex
January 21st, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Halle Berry's ex engaged to Prince's ex

Singer Eric Benet is engaged to be married to Prince's ex-wife, Manuela Testolini.

Benet's rep confirmed the happy news to Us Magazine. "They are engaged and very happy," the rep said.

Benet was married to Halle Berry for three years until their marriage ended in 2003 amid accusations that he was unfaithful. Testolini, who made news in 2008 after surviving the terrorist attack in Mumbai, was married to Prince from 2001 to 2006.

The pair live together in Los Angeles.

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  1. Kay

    I just love how people have the time to come on these sites and dog people they don't even know! In relationships people it takes two, so unless they (Prince, Manuela, Halle & Eric ) decide to have a reality show and tell us all everything then we really don't know...and really it's not anyone's business!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cleareye

    Loser marries loser in Vegas! Who could have predicted that?

    February 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sugaranice

    All we need is Prince & Halle Berry to have a love connection:) Realistically it wouldn't work Halle is to head strong for Prince and Prince is to much of his own man for Halle..They wouldn't make it about each other. Them kids would have been fine!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tessa

    Why do they have to get married. They'll be separated anyway!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. tessa

    Why do they have to get married. They'll be separated anyway.

    January 25, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Doris May

    When did Prince start dating women?

    January 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clem P. Suggins, Jr.

    She's too old, haggard, and flat-chested. He can have that broad.

    January 23, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. e


    January 23, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. e


    January 23, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. e

    I wish i could marrie halle myself just to she has a new eric <:-}

    January 23, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. mdyer

    It's just one big celebrity circle jerk.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Aanuss

    I'm sorry, I can't seen to find that rat's azz I'm supposed to give!

    January 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. laPz06

    Whens the reality show start?

    January 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. au

    i didn't know prince was into women.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ls

      Prince has had every beautifull exotic woman for the last 30 years. Where have you been?

      January 23, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Monkey love. OH WE OH WE OH.

    January 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tom

    You got princes sloppy seconds and thirds baby.. No thanks!

    January 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hu Wun Soon

    My mutt once mounted a pure bred retriever
    and tore up that a**.
    Equally irrelevant as this but more fun to watch.

    January 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jc

    Eric Benet isn't a "nobody." He's a great musician. Stupid for cheating on Halle Berry but not a nobody.

    January 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mel

    Keith. The story shows up on the CNN real news page in some browsers.

    January 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Tracy

    also as an FYI , beauty in itself does not keep any man faithful. anyone over 12 male or female should know this. A man just like any human being needs alot more than that to be happy. Yes some men will cheat regardless but for people to say how can Eric cheat on halle given how beautiful she was . c'mon . grow up. It seems Halle has a long string of men in her past who cheated on her. Obviously she has some troubles that i hope she has addressed as well. Men can smell low self esteem from a mile away.

    January 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tracy

    The divorce with halle was like 7 years ago . Eric is like 45 , i am sure he is ready to be a good husband . And who really knows how good a wife Halle was . she was the common denominator in all her crazy failed relationships.

    January 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. tracy

    She must be beuatiful and sincere because clearly Eric Benet can not keep her in the lap of luxury the way Prince did.

    January 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Greg

    Thats weird.... CAUSE Halle Berrys cousins friend from second grades friends hairstylist is dating my neices bandmates bartenders suppliers amway representatives daughter... Trippy... Glad I'm in the know!

    January 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Rob

    So, based on the headline shouldn't we call them the Dos Equis Couple???

    January 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Michael

    Is it the ex of Prince William or Prince Henry? I hate this incomplete reporting!

    January 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. wilson

    It's kind of unfair that they got more than their fair share of good looks.

    January 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Terry P

    Earthshaking news – markets will crumple, governments will topple – people will jump out of tall buildings to their death – NOT. Whey don't we hear about China buying US banks??????

    January 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prince Fan

      You know you're in the entertainment section of CNN – right??

      January 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Apostate

    And this is newsworthy because......?

    January 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JayPoo

    An attractive couple. But, umm, who cares?

    January 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Kate

    CNN should stick with actual news and leave the celebrities to Entertainment Tonight and TMZ.

    January 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Who Cares

    Wow, one no name has met and married another no name. We're struggling for some news, aren't we?

    January 22, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  32. Perplexed

    Congratulations! Yes, she looks very much like Halle. They should have a few beautiful children. People need to stop with the negativity. I'm happy to see couples in love and giving marriage another try. Such haters!

    January 22, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  33. UMM SO......

    I believe CNN need to think about other forms of Entertainment news, because they're getting a pretty bad wrap for post a ridiculous article such as this....

    January 22, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. Kate

    Men and women cheat. Most cheaters are cheaters for life but not every single one. And there are a lot of very talented artists that either can't catch a break or are ruined by negative media attention. Let's face it: the media can make you and break you. People need to take the headlines with a shaker of salt. A lot of "news"you see and hear is significantly embellished or right out lies. CNN is no different.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  35. norm62

    Ok, I didn't even read the article, but just looking at the headline, I had to come in here and comment... the ex-partners of two famous people are going to get hitched. Not the famous people themselves... the EX-partners. If you were to say "Eric Benet is engaged to be married to Manuela Testolini", everybody would be going "Who...?" Even for entertainment news, this ranks as a "who cares" moment.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  36. kiki

    Me and my red corvette.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. MeMe

    "Well said. As for those who claim Benet to be talented... I can't recall a hit since he dogged Halle."

    The man has an amazing voice, which I have heard live. Popularity has nothing to do with talent.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  38. and in other *cough ..news.

    Charlie Sheen's Great Dane jumps Oprah's fences and impales her "in heat" Pomeranian. Details at 11.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. jmills_95

    THIS JUST IN!!!!!!.........................tHE SKY IS BLUE...........NEW EVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!............. WATER IS WET!!!!!............sCIENCE DISCOVERY!!!!!!!!!!!........ NEW BORN CHILDREN ARE EITHER MALE OR FEMALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  40. Jon

    A few random thoughts:

    I've never seen this gal, but from this photo she appears to be a real beauty.

    On the subject of Prince....he's a weird acting little POS but some people like him. To each his own but if I never see or hear of him again, I will consider myself rich.

    Other than the likely fact that these folks hook up simply because of their attraction to money and fame, I can see no reason for the unions.

    If I were to sit down and think about it, I would probably come to the conclusion that seeing Prince naked would be just about the most hilarious thing I could think of. The libido of Errol Flynn wrapped up in the body of a capon.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  41. Miz Val

    Hollywood and The Music World You gotta love it ! Look she hasn't seen Prince since 2006. He hasn't seen Hallie since 2003 . Hallie ain't no big prize. Five stunning men have left her. Prince has had countless suitors . Face it they are not the marrying kind !

    January 22, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jim Nazium

    In other earth shattering news.......the sun came up this morning. Film at 11:00,

    January 22, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  43. Queen

    She looks like Halle

    January 22, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  44. panicmonster

    its only news cuz its Halle's ex and Prince's ex

    January 22, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  45. IMsirius

    Does anybody really care? please raise your hand.
    The only advantage of this union is the picture here as they are two very beautiful people otherwise.......

    January 22, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  46. alumette

    Eric is certainly a great looking guy. He gets better as he gets older. What a hunk.

    January 22, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. Joe_The_Plumber

    Ole Boy Prince Gets ALL THE FYNE GIRLS. Sloppy Seconds for Mr Benet.

    January 22, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  48. Unbelievable


    God, America is so screwed.

    January 22, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @ Unbelievable, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this article listed under entertainment? The real news is at the main CNN site. I think China's president was just leaving the White House last I checked.

      January 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Karen

    Another beautiful woman about to get played

    January 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  50. Joe, San Diego

    Truth be told you Do care, you took the time to look at the pic/read the article and then comment, so YES you do care fool!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  51. barbara

    if he cheated on h.b. the most beautiful actress around, he will cheat on her. and did anyone see what he cheated on h.b. with? a overweight, trashy looking nobody. just retarded!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jo

    Halle Berry is absolutely gorgeous, an okay actress, and flaky as day old pastry.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Katie

    I may not know of these people, but they make a handsome couple.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  54. NewRome

    In attendance, Nicole Richie's ex-dog and Tyra Bank's ex-cat.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  55. fbigburg

    I'm thinking that gal smells like a can of old tuna.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  56. sw

    Whoa...this will last forever!

    January 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  57. dave

    Wow. Who gives a crap. Even for entertainment news this has so little value.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Don_J

    ...he may be engaged to her but am I the only one who thinks he's been singing to Halle...

    January 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jellylee2020

    So the American people are so bored that we not only care for celebrity weddings we also care for their ex's weddings as well? GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!

    January 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Arto

    Who are these people and why do I care?

    January 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Buddha's Buddy

    Dang. And here I was thinking that David Justice and Sheila E. had just gotten together. Who are these two now?

    January 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  62. busteddrum

    My ex's ex and Halle's exe's ex should get together. She would throw rocks at those guys after being with me.

    January 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Steve

    Why is this a story?

    January 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann Onimus

      How on earth did she survive five years married to the ultimate moronic lunatic psychotic Prince? Eeek. He must've been on tour or handing out Jehovah's Witness pamphlets most of the time.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Matt

    Forget "barely qualifies as news"... this barely qualifies as an entertainment story:

    "Lesser-Known Has-Been Ex Engaged to Slightly More Well-Known Has-Been Ex"

    January 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. kathy

    wow. what an amazingly, beautiful, stunning couple. and the fact that they're being 'mentioned' is not a crime. it's just another bit of trivia in the lives of the beautiful, rich and famous. THAT WE LOVE TO READ ABOUT. the kardashians are photographed and talked because???? they contribute something valuable to society??? besides beauty? oh well...
    i wish them well.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  66. JP

    Is it just me or does she look a lot like Halle Berry?

    January 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don_J

      ...it's just you... really, it is.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • getsavedman.com

      No, she really does look like Halle.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      if she looks like halle, than he looks like denzel, i know a good optometrist, have someone call for you since you probable cant see the numbers. =P

      January 22, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Moonie

      No, Manuela looks very much like the women Prince likes. She looks a lot like Vanity, remember her? Manuela also looks very close in looks to Lena Horne.

      January 22, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • marl

      yea !its y-o-u !

      January 22, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Helson

      JP, she DOES look like Halle Berry, and until your wrote and brought this up, I thought this was an old photo from when He and Halle were still together.
      Weird. Cue the Twilight Zone theme music...

      January 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  67. cxd

    I always thought there was something wrong w/Halle under all of that beauty, She ran thru a bunch of guys.

    I looked at the Radar Online website and it appears that she has a bit of "Psycho" in her.


    January 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      Something had to wrong with Halle, how about something was wrong with the dudes, her life is public so we see everytime it doesn't work...but she hasn't had more relationships than the average woman. And while you were researching her background did you research the mens??? I could take them on one by one and show you their flaws, and if she is a little koo-koo, probably folks like you made her that way, under the pressure of everyones opinion because she is in the spotlight. Lets discuss your sucess rate when it comes to relationships, been married...are you still married to the same person, what you've only had one relationship in your life, I thought NOT!!!!! Oh, they cheated on you and it was your fault, casting stones...why is my question. How can you pretend to know anything about her or her relationships...you don't you only know from headlines and make-up convo on blogs...silly you,

      January 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Chalie

      @cxd...you're absolutely right, Hallie and Jen Anitston drive off dudes and there's nothing wrong with the dudes.

      January 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      I think at some point any person like Halle that can't keep a relationship with any man,(black, white, etc.) Maybe she should take a look at herself. In a relationship both parties are responsible for it when it fails, it's not just the guys. However, even though I am a fan of Halle's I think she should take a a look at herself. I think she's well on her way to being the next ET.

      January 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tammy

    Beautiful couple. I wish them the best!!

    January 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Blood Will Be Shed

    Two nobodies known for being with celebs are getting married? Perfect Hollyweird story. And will probably the last time we ever hear of either of them.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nugs

      Eric Benet is hardly a nobody. He is an excellent R&B artist.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda K

      Everyone knows who Eric Benet is he may not be a good husband but he is a very talented singer and a wonderful father who raised his daughter when her mother was killed. Yes he was stupid for cheating but life goes on. He is very talented and gorgeous. Good luck Eric ...

      January 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonie

      Well said. As for those who claim Benet to be talented... I can't recall a hit since he dogged Halle.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosalind

      Tonie, just because Eric hasn't had a major hit since he cheated on Halle doesn't mean he isn't talented. His career might have taken a hit for a few years because people were upset by what he did to Halle, but nobody's EVER denied the man's talent. If you're a music fan, then you know there are talented artists who don't get the attention they deserve. Under your logic, Tamia and Ledisi aren't talented, either.

      January 22, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • what

      Who are Tamia and Ledisi?

      January 22, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Coop

      Eric has a hit now...maybe your not up to date with your music!!!!!!! Tamia and Ledisi are for people who have adult taste in music!!! lol!!!

      January 25, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  70. Jimmy Crack Corn

    Wait a min. That guy cheated on Halle Berry? Halle Berry wasn't hot enough for him? And what makes this new chick think that he wouldn't cheat on her? I have to give him credit, he has the same taste I do, but I wouldn't have cheated on Halle for anyone. Oh well.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonie

      There was talk that Prince cheated on Manuela but thats just something that needs confirmation, it was a very secret, private break up.

      January 22, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Oh, I've seen enough to guess that Halley Berry isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Plus, I think she probably has some of what Jennifer Aniston has...the only thing that gets them companions for any period of time is the twizzot. Ultimately the guys jump out of the window.

      January 22, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexa

      Because cheating isn't about what you having at home not being hot enough. Men who cheat always cheat no matter how much they adore their wives or even how happy they are at home, they are just programmed to do it. As most will tell you, all it takes is opportunity.

      January 22, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      @Alexa, SOME men fall into that category of being congenital cheaters, but others cheat because life at home is just plain awful.

      January 22, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      And someone women do, too. But that doesn't make it right. They should leave if they are that unhappy.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan Townsend

      Men and women do not cheat because their spouse isn't pretty enough. They cheat due to low self-esteem issues.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coop

      Halle has a new man every month....Hello...she cant keep a man....All of the beautiful men she dates cheat on her or leave for another women or just leave......there has got to be something wrong with her!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!

      January 25, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  71. frank

    what? they are engaged? WHY DIDNT ANYONE TELL ME THIS SOONER?

    January 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Cool Beenz

    Congrats on Halle Barry's money marrying Prince's money. If this marriage doesn't last do Halle and Prince get their money back?

    January 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

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