Drew Barrymore Talks Estranged Mother Jaid: "We Can't Really Be in Each Other's Lives Anymore"

Pregnant star tells Marie Claire how marrying into Will Kopelman's family changed her life

By Rebecca Macatee Jan 06, 2014 6:36 PMTags
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Drew Barrymore has a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and another little girl on the way, but she certainly hasn't always had such a picture-perfect family life.

In a candid interview for Marie Claire's February issue, the 38-year-old actress talks about her estranged mother Jaid Barrymore and how grateful she is to have married Will Kopelman—and become part of his family.

"I didn't think I would ever get to experience that," she said of the Kopelman clan's close, supportive bond. "This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. And that's what I want for my family."

Drew's relationship with her father John Drew Barrymore (who passed away in 2004) and mother Jaid was a struggle. She emancipated herself from her parents at age 15 and even today calls her relationship with her mother "so complicated."

"I've always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I had a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it. However, it hasn't enabled me to lessen the distance," she says. "It's the hardest subject in my life. I've never just been angry with her. I've always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can't really be in each other's lives at this point."

Maybe someday that will change. In the meantime, though, Drew has made herself quite a family with the Kopelmans as well as her friends (including BFF Cameron Diaz) who she describes as "the loves of my life."