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Drew Barrymore Talks "Complicated" Relationship With Mom

Drew Barrymore

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Life is good for Drew Barrymore right now — she’s happily married with a daughter, and another child on the way. But while the actress has finally created a family of her own, she still remains estranged from her own mother, Jaid.

“Ugh, I mean, my relationship with my mom is so complicated,” she admitted to Marie Claire. The trouble began after Drew entered rehab at just 13-years-old, followed by a suicide attempt at age 14. She became emancipated from her parents at 15, and has had a troubled relationship with her mother ever since.

“I’ve always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I was a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it,” she explained. “However, it hasn’t enabled me to lessen the distance. It’s the hardest subject in my life. I’ve never been angry with her. I’ve always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can’t really be in each other’s lives at this point.”

Drew’s dad, meanwhile, passed away in 2004.

However, the 38-year-old said she found a family in her in-laws. She married Will Kopelman in 2012. “I didn’t think I would ever get to experience that,” she revealed. “This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. And that’s what I want for my family.”


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