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Drew Barrymore: 'I knew life was heading in a new direction'

Published 04/04/2016

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has given what appears to be her first interview following the news she is to divorce husband Will Kopelman.

Drew Barrymore admitted she knew her life was headed in a new direction as she broke her silence following news of her split from husband Will Kopelman.

The 41-year-old actress and estranged husband Will Kopelman announced their plans to divorce last week (ends03Apr16) after nearly four years of marriage. In what appears to be her first interview since the split, Drew has opened up about her main concern in the break-up - her hopes the couple's daughters Olive, three, and 23-month-old Frankie are not adversely affected by the breakdown of their parents' relationship.

"My life's mission and the only thing that matters as of now is that my daughters know what our lives were like, how we lived, and how much I love them," she told PopSugar.com. "For them to know that they were not just loved, but, like, ridiculously, utterly, life-alteringly loved. That's the only reason I'm here now!"

Drew spoke to the website as she attended the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival this weekend (02-03Apr16). She admitted she knew her marriage issues were coming to a head a few months ago, and decided to call a close friend for some "physically productive and life-choice productive" advice.

"I had a really hard time a couple of months ago and kind of knew life was heading in a new direction," she said. "I called someone that I really trust, respect, and believe in, because he has always been the conductor of grace. I said, 'What's your advice?' And he said, 'You put one foot in front of the other.' I hung up the phone and I thought, 'That is why I call this person.'

"It's a kind of way in which to live, and I want to be like him. I want to be like that. I want to put one foot in front of the other."

According to reports, rows over where to live as a family - New York or California - was one of the deciding factors in their split.

In a statement announcing the news, the pair said their main concern was their children, and Drew adds of her older daughter: "She doesn't want the worry. She needs to know it's going to be OK."

"It's the only way she will allow herself to be vulnerable … She's mad when something hurts her. She doesn't go to a weak place. Every little girl can only be made to feel safe if they know the parent is solid."

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