Drew Barrymore Talks Scary Childhood and Loyalty to Pals: “I Don’t F*ck Anyone Over”

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By Daniel Gates

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Drew Barrymore talks about family, friends, sex and marriage in the new Marie Claire.

The actress says that her relationship with husband Will Kopelman has provided the stability she never had growing up.

“When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent… I was 14 when I moved into my own apartment,” recalls Barrymore. “I was so scared.”

She recalls, “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.”

“I hated growing up alone,” says Barrymore, who wound up assembling a cadre of close friends to whom she’s famously loyal.

She tells the magazine, “I don’t f*ck anyone over. My friends are the loves my life.”

And now she has Kopelman, with whom Barrymore is living in wedded bliss and calm.

“I didn’t think I would ever get to experience that,” the actress says of marrying into his family. “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.”

Barrymore is still struggling to come to terms with her own familial past, however.

She explains, “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.”

“However, it hasn’t enabled me to lessen the distance. It’s the hardest subject in my life,” laments Barrymore. “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.”

What about adding another child of her own?

Barrymore says, “I think I’d like to have more. In the back of my head, I’m already timing if I was to have another when that would occur.”

Interestingly, she tells the magazine that she feels out of step with the times.

“I’m so weary of the modern world. I’m not really of this era, so I’m struggling with that… I don’t want to talk about sex anymore,” explains Barrymore. “I used to be so open. But now people are like, ‘Let’s explore our sexuality!’ And I’m like, ‘Let’s not!’ I’m such a prude these days.”

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