Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore, known as much for her prominent acting career as for her tumultuous personal life, opened up in a candid interview with New York magazine recently. She revealed deep-seated feelings towards her mother, Jaid Barrymore, stemming from a troubled upbringing and a struggle to carve her own identity.
A Childhood Robbed
Drew’s childhood was anything but typical. She was introduced to Hollywood's harsh reality at a tender age by her mother, who organized numerous industry parties. By the age of 12, Drew had been swept into a whirlwind of drug and alcohol addiction, which led to her first stint in rehab.
The subsequent year saw her confined to a psychiatric ward in California, an experience orchestrated by her own mother. Barrymore confessed to harboring feelings of envy towards friends who have already experienced the loss of their parents.
She remarked, “All their moms are gone, and my mom’s not. And I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t have that luxury.’ But I cannot wait”.
Seeking Growth Amidst Conflict
However, Barrymore was quick to clarify that her statement wasn't about wishing for her mother's untimely demise.
It was more about wanting to grow beyond the shadows of a complicated relationship with her mother. “I don’t want to live in a state where I wish someone to be gone sooner than they’re meant to be so I can grow.
I actually want her to be happy and thrive and be healthy. But I have to grow in spite of her being on this planet”.
A Bittersweet Admission
The interview took an emotional turn when the actress expressed regret for her initial comments. "I dared to say it, and I didn’t feel good,” she confessed.
Barrymore also confessed to struggling with maintaining emotional boundaries, saying, “I do care. I’ll never not care. I don’t know if I’ve ever known how to fully guard, close off, not feel, build the wall up”.
In an earlier 2021 interview with Howard Stern, Barrymore had referred to herself as a "monster" created by her mother. She confessed, “I think she created a monster, and she didn’t know what to do with the monster”.
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