Drew Barrymore Says Children Won’t Have ‘Fractured Childhood,’ Reflects On Troubled Upbringing

Drew Barrymore has been in the spotlight quite steadily lately due to her recent split announcement from her husband of four years, art consultant Will Kopelman. The pair share two adorable daughters together, Olive, 3, and Frankie, nearly 2.

The Wedding Singer actress recently spoke on how she intends to continue co-parenting her daughters with Kopelman to avoid of any fractured upbringing, as the Daily Mail shares.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Barrymore shared how her love for her daughters is like no other she’s experienced.

“I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not.”

The beauty described how difficult it was for her growing up, seeing as her own mother and father were both “incapable of being parents.” Her father, John Barrymore, struggled with alcohol addiction and left her mother when Drew was quite young. The star notes how, due to her unhappy home life, her career became her safe place.

“My home life was lonely, depressing and frankly a bit scary, and that set was the happiest, safest, most wonderful place on Earth. You can’t always see the moment that changed your life forever, but I can. I was 7, and I suddenly had a career.”

Due to her troubled childhood, Drew Barrymore vows to be the best parent she can be to her daughters, who she says are her everything.

“I’m an overachiever parent, and not because I think I’m going to repeat the patterns of my parents. That’s not my fear — I’ve already broken that pattern in my life. But having grown up in the opposite way, I’m raising my children with all consistency, all protection. This is my chance to get it right. I’d never let them become child actors. They’ll have a chastity belt, a tracker system, no cell phones and we’ll live in the middle of nowhere. In reality, I’ll just lead by example by being spirited, classy, consistent, philanthropic, hardworking, loyal to my friends and there any second they might need me.”

The actress and seriously hard-working star also shared about her happiness and the fact that her contentment level is a bit all over the place at the moment.

“I don’t mean it to sound like I’m half-happy. Yesterday I was a 10, tomorrow I might be an 8, this afternoon I might be a 3 and tonight I might be an 11. I just have a lot on my plate right now, and it’s hard to figure out the puzzle pieces for the next year of my life.”

Those close to Drew also share just how dedicated and busy the star is and commend her for her drive. Jill Schwartzman, who edited Barrymore’s last memoir, notes this while being interviewed by the publication.

“There’s never a day I’m not impressed with her. Drew is so passionate and dedicated. We sat shoulder-to-shoulder editing her book, and not only is she a wonderful writer, but by the time she left, I’m certain she’d hugged at least 75% of us.”

Not only is Drew Barrymore a mother of two and a successful leading lady in Hollywood, she is also CEO of Flower Beauty. The brand has blossomed across much of North America. Drew speaks about the satisfaction she feels being a boss babe.

“I always fantasized about having a desk job, because it seemed like such a consistent life, and nothing about mine was grounded. And being a CEO? I mean, it’s pretty gangster.”

In addition to Flower Beauty, Drew has also launched Barrymore Wines, which she has been promoting recently. The star really wasn’t lying when she said she has a lot on her plate!

[Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for ASPCA]

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