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Drew Barrymore: 'Divorce made me feel like a failure'

Published 11/05/2016

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore admits going through divorce is hard and tough.

Drew Barrymore felt like "the biggest failure" when she couldn't make her marriage to Will Kopelman work.

The Never Been Kissed star recently separated from her husband of almost three years, and the parents-of-two issued a statement confirming the news in April (16) and part of it read, "Divorce might make one feel like a failure..."

Drew, 41, got candid about the announcement during her first televised interview since the split, which airs on Wednesday (11May16), admitting the word "failure" accurately described how she was feeling at the time.

"I put in my statement, about (our) divorce, the word 'failure,' because it's so honest," Drew told her good friend Chelsea Handler, on the chat show host's new Netflix show Chelsea. "When you break up with somebody, you're like, 'Yeah, that didn't work,' (but) when you get divorced you're like, 'I'm the biggest failure. This is the biggest failure'... It's so shameful and hard to actually go through that, even privately...

"It's a tough time. It's a hard thing to go through. It's like your being put on a cheese grater and every second, going, 'Ah! This wasn't the plan!'"

She also praises her family and friends for helping her come to terms with the split by being "so cool and chill" and positive that it forced her to beat her "own fears and demons about how we sort of have to go through things in life."

Drew also said she's in no rush to get back on the dating scene and just wants to spend time with her girlfriends.

The actress has daughters, Olive, three, and Frankie, two, with Will, who she married in 2012.

It was Drew's third marriage. She was married to bar owner Jeremy Thomas for just weeks in 1994, and comedian Tom Green for mere months in 2001.

Drew's chat features in the premiere episode of Chelsea on Wednesday. The Netflix show airs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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