OSCAR-winning actress Halle Berry believes she's finally grown into a mature woman - because she doesn't care what people think of her anymore.

The GOTHIKA star admits she used to be very conscious of other people's opinions of her, and sought to please them rather than herself.

But Berry - who split with her singer husband Eric Benet last year (03) - says she has developed more confidence with age.

The 37-year-old says, "I've gotten a tough skin over the years. I've survived a few hard knocks.

"I'm growing and maturing and learning how to handle my private life privately. And I'm not seeking the approval of other people.

"I really cared what people thought about me as I went through life's tricky twists and turns, but I've evolved in a certain way and I'm not that person anymore."

18/03/2004 13:34