HALLE BERRY has taken back on-off lover GABRIEL AUBRY for the sake of their baby, sources tell The ENQUIRER.

The couple split in April after nearly five years together, but Halle has decided to give her hunky baby daddy a second chance because she doesn’t want a bitter custody fight for their 2-year-old daughter, Nahla.

The pair is now in couples’ counseling, and she’s asked Aubry – a $1 million-a-year male model – to join her and Nahla in South Africa this summer while she films action-thriller Dark Tide. Not only will Gabe be able to care for their daughter while Halle works, but the couple will also have time to see if they can rekindle their romance.

"At first it was a practical decision for Halle," a close pal told The ENQUIRER. "But things quickly heated up and got emotional. Now they’re back together and giving their love a second try."

Halle, 43, and Gabriel, 34, began dating in 2005, but reportedly broke up over his wandering eye and her persistent nagging.

The estranged couple, who never married, had been moving forward with a custody and financial agreement, but hit a snag when Gabriel insisted on taking Nahla to his native Canada for the summer, says the source.

Rather than launch what would have been a nasty custody battle, Halle "began to rethink the split," the source said.

At first, she invited Gabe to stay in the huge guest house she’s renting in South Africa so he could be with Nahla.

"She would have needed to hire a nanny anyway," explained the source.

"Now they’re in counseling, and they’re putting their hearts and souls into working through their issues."