On Saturday, Drew Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, confirmed that they are ending their marriage. The two parties released a statement to Us Weekly saying that, although they have decided to end things between them, divorce does not erase the fact that they are still a family.
“Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family,” the amicable exes said in a joint statement.
Barrymore and Kopelman have already accepted the fact that they need to move forward for the sake of their very young daughters, Olive and Frankie.
The actress expressed her feelings about the breakup:
“Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually, you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on. Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 2, 2016
Before the couple announced their split, sources confirmed reports of Barrymore and Kopelman’s breakup on Friday, April 1. The couple started dating in February 2011 and tied the knot at her Montecito, California mansion in June 2012.
Drew Barrymore previously married Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and divorced him after a few weeks. She then married comedian Tom Green in July 2001, but he divorced her in December of that same year.
That time Drew Barrymore and Tom Green got married. pic.twitter.com/cFSWnctvzK
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) November 10, 2015
While it seemed like the former couple had accepted the end of their relationship, a source told Page Six that Barrymore is sad about their split. The actress was spotted at the Sunset Tower Hotel, and according to the source, she “looked sad and upset.”
As for the reason for their divorce, an insider told Page Six there was no third party involved. “There was no cheating involved. Drew gave that relationship everything. She is all about family… She would do anything to maintain and fight for it because she wanted (a husband and kids) so badly. She did everything for that.”
— Glamour (@glamourmag) April 5, 2016
The insider also said the two are complete opposites because Kopelman “always wanted things his way,” while Barrymore was said to be more of a “free spirit.”
Kopelman, an art adviser and son of American businessman and philanthropist Arie Kopelman, allegedly moved out of their home weeks ago.
Last November, Drew Barrymore shared with Us Weekly details about her marriage and how she and her husband were working hard to make their marriage work.
“My husband and I compromise on a lot of things… It’s the little things that you can change that can make a relationship stronger,” she told the gossip website at the time. “Compromise is about changing yourself for the better. It’s an opportunity for you to become a more functional, better person.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 15, 2015
Despite problems in her marriage, Barrymore’s wine business seems to be doing great. Barrymore took to Instagram to thank the people who helped her debut Barrymore Wines’ new rose at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.
“Thank you @popsugar – my dear old friends and girls club of all things food-beauty-love and fun!” the actress wrote as she expressed her appreciation for the interview alongside a photo of her smiling. “It goes above a discussion about wine and becomes something truly thoughtful.”
During the interview, the former child star said her friends have been helping her get through “a really hard time.”
A source told People that Drew Barrymore appeared cheerful at the food-and-wine-festival and was very nice to fans.
“She seemed truly happy to be there with all the other food and wine lovers,” the source said of Barrymore. “I don’t think I saw her turn down a single photo with a fan the entire time.”
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