Berry split from husband Eric Benet last month (SEP03) and is still coping with the separation, but Stone - who's reeling from her own marriage break-up with journalist Phil Bronstein in July (03) - has been there every step of the way.
OSCAR-winner Halle says, "It was our first sense of commonality - she understood where I'm at and I her, and so we have a really good vibe happening right now.
"We're both very respectful of each other and we kind of give a little therapy back and forth."
And when Halle needs a little extra help she calls on her mum JUDITH, a retired psychiatric nurse.
She says, "I've always appreciated her advice. She's moving out here to California with me now and I feel now that she's getting older I get to take care of her and that's a really good thing."28/10/2003 17:28