But now, almost five years after their split, Barrymore admits that she can “see everything we did right.” However, it doesn’t mean she’s ready to move on, having recently admitted that she plans to never be married again.
“I don’t think I’ve recovered from that,” Barrymore said. “I don’t know how to open that up again. It’s like something closed, and it stayed closed. I think I’m equally as scared to find love again as I would be as if it never happened.”
“But, the good news is that his family and I sort of made the most important choice: to be so together and united and connected," Barrymore continued. "That's, I guess, what they call family. I know from not growing up with any family whatsoever that that was the last thing I wanted to do for my daughters."
Back in 2016, Barrymore and Kopelman announced their split along with a statement emphasising the importance of their family unit.
“Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family,” the pair said in their joint statement. “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.”
Since the divorce, Barrymore has also admitted that her daughters have become her biggest supporters.
“Like divorce, things fell into place finally,” she said when referring to her life currently.
“It’s amazing that my kids and I are happy. Because there’s been a lot of times I really did question, like, ‘Will we be happy?’ and we are. So that chokes me up.”