updated 02/04/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/04/2011 AT 7:00 AM ET
Halle Berry’s latest movie was supposed to be the big-budget romantic comedy New Year’s Eve – but for the actress and her ex, Gabriel Aubry, the feel-good film may have been the final straw in their already-strained custody arrangement over their 2 ½-year-old daughter Nahla.
According to a source close to Berry, the actress’s movie contract included compensation for Aubry to accompany her and Nahla to New York City for about two weeks of filming. But when Aubry decided not to go, says the source, Berry was forced to abruptly pull out of the film. She has since been replaced by Katherine Heigl.
Berry, 44, who has a nanny, currently shares custody of Nahla with Aubry. She pulled out of the New Line production not because she wouldn’t have childcare help but because she was concerned about leaving Nahla in L.A. while she filmed in N.Y.C., claims the source.