Drew Barrymore Openly Admits She Hasn’t ‘Recovered’ From Her ‘Tragic’ Divorce To Will Kopelman

"It’s like something closed, and it stayed closed"

While we’re used to seeing Drew Barrymore with a sunny disposition, the Charlie’s Angels actress recently become emotional when opening up about her divorce from her third husband, Will Kopelman.

The host of The Drew Barrymore Show appeared on Sunday Today with host Willie Geist where she admitted the she feared for daughters Olive and Frankie, after splitting from Kopelman in 2016 after four years of marriage.

“I don’t think I would have been able to talk about it as openly at first,” she said. “I really did not take divorce well. I took it really hard.”

“I think that’s why I took [the divorce] so hard,” she explained. “I was, like, ‘Oh, the ultimate promise I wanted to make with you and for you was to have this amazing family’. And I found them. And there’s something not working that isn’t livable. How tragic is that?’.” 

She continued: “Because when we were getting divorced, it felt like everything was just wrong. I think it applies to everyone who thinks that something will be forever and it’s not. It’s so hard.”

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.”

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman

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.”

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