Barrymore: I didn’t really have parents
Drew Barrymore was a “happy, blithering idiot” as a kid.
The Charlie’s Angels actress had a famously turbulent childhood after appearing in films from a very young age. She ended up in rehab at 14 years old and attempted to take her own life at one point. But her upbringing has helped influence how she intends to be as a mum to her own children, daughters Olive, two and Frankie, nine months.
“I didn't really have parents, you know?" she admitted to More magazine. "And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it'll be the biggest asset to my adulthood."
While the 39-year-old can now look back and see the issues in her childhood, at the time it was all she had known so didn’t question it. But despite some of the things she did in her adolescence, Drew doesn’t think it means she was a terrible human being.
“I was a happy, blithering idiot," she added. "I don't know how to feel differently about it because I don't know what another life would be like, so it's hard to pretend or imagine or wish that it was different because it isn't. Even if I was a bad girl at moments here and there, I was never a bad person."
Now Drew is happily married to third husband Will Kopelman and as well as her acting career, she also has company Flower Beauty. But the mum-of-two admits she finds it hard to balance everything.
“I'll get in trouble for it, but I'll say it anyway: Women can't do it all," she said. "Quantum physics actually says you can't do it all. Like, you can't do everything at every minute of every day. [However,] I do think that women can do everything they want to do, especially if they work hard enough at it. I don't believe anything comes easy. You have to earn everything in life."
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