Drew Barrymore talks her rocky relationship with estranged mother
Drew Barrymore – who is currently pregnant with her second child – recently opened up to Marie Claire and explained her strained relationship with her mum, Jaid Barrymore.
The “Whip It” actress told that both her parents were so erratic that it made everything in her early life so unplanned and inconsistent. “I was 14 when I moved into my own apartment. I was so scared. I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know you had to throw food out when it rotted in the fridge. I was convinced someone was going to crawl through my window. I would go to the Laundromat and sit there reading Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath,” Drew said.
She hated growing up alone, and that treasured her friends special ones in her life.
“I hated growing up alone. I hated it,” she admits. “I don’t f–k anyone over. My friends are the loves my life.”
The star never spent much time with her actor father John, who died in 2004. But she also remained distant with her mother, and has always had mixed feelings toward her.
“Ugh, I mean, my relationship with my mom is so complicated that … I’ve always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I had a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it,” the former child star reveals. “However, it hasn’t enabled me to lessen the distance. It’s the hardest subject in my life. I’ve never just 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.”
The 38-year-old star legally emancipated from her parents at age 15, and since then she has had a complicated relationship with her mother, Jaid, now 67.
However she has found the stable home life after she married husband Will Kopelman. “I didn’t think I would ever get to experience that. This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact,” she told the new issue of America’s Marie Claire magazine. “It was huge for me. And that’s what I want for my family.”
Though she hasn’t yet given birth to her second child, Drew told that she and her hubby are already planning on further expanding their brood.