Drew Barrymore got emotional as she discussed the impact her difficult childhood had on her as a mother.
The 46-year-old actress broke down in tears during a conversation about boundaries on Dear Media’s Raising Good Humans podcast on Friday.
“Boundaries are a trigger word for me,” Drew told host Dr. Aliza Pressman.
Difficult: Drew Barrymore got emotional as she discussed the impact her difficult childhood had on her as a mother. Seen in 2021
“Tell us more,” Pressman asked.
“I’m really vulnerable,” the 50 First Dates star continued. “God, this is really moving for me.”
Drew then began to choke, saying, “I have…since my children were born, other parents, schools and society have brought up the word ‘limits’ and every time I heard that word, I freaked out. felt bad because I didn’t grow up with them.
Through her tears, the talk show host explained, “So I had no resources or experience to pull for what it even is, let alone how to execute it and trust it.”
Emotional: During a promotional clip from her talk show that she shared during a recent appearance on CBS Mornings, the California native cried while discussing the challenges of dating as a single mother with the star of Queer Eye Bobby Berk
“And it’s just – it’s a word that’s thrown around with such confidence and sometimes, arrogance and often, the way people say it tonally, like it’s something you’re already supposed to know,” she concluded.
Drew shares daughters Olive, nine, and Frankie, seven, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 43.
During a promotional clip from her talk show that she shared during a recent appearance on CBS Mornings, the California native cried while discussing the challenges of dating as a single mother with the Queer Eye star. , Bobby Berk.
Family: Drew shares daughters Olive, nine, and Frankie, seven, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 43
In November 2021, the star told the Mail on Sunday that she believed her chaotic upbringing in a fractured family made her a better mother to her two daughters.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, the Charlie’s Angels actress also revealed how her divorce from Will in 2016 sparked fears history could repeat itself.
“Divorce was my worst fear,” she says. “It’s something I never wanted my own kids to go through. I felt broken. Really, honestly broken.
Drew’s parents divorced when she was nine. Her father, actor John Drew Barrymore, was an abusive alcoholic who was barely in his life. Her mom Jaid, an aspiring actress, “wasn’t prepared” for motherhood, Drew says.
A star at age seven thanks to Steven Spielberg’s ET, Drew continued to struggle with alcohol and drugs and her mother placed her in a mental institution at age 13. She spent 18 months there, and at age 14 Drew legally divorced her parents.
Reflection: Drew Barrymore says her upbringing in a fractured family made her a better mother
First fame: A star at seven thanks to Steven Spielberg’s ET, Drew continued to struggle with alcohol and drugs
“My mum put me there because she couldn’t take it anymore but it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she admits. “It taught me the limits. Until then, I had none.
“I had no parents, I was their parent. Everything was totally upside down,” she says. “So I didn’t know what I was doing. When people talked to me about parenthood, I felt like an outcast.
“It took me years to find the courage to say, ‘Can you talk to me like someone who is desperately trying to learn? Can you teach me?”
“There’s so much pressure in life, especially on mothers, to get it right, to make it perfect. It confuses me when people get so right about parenthood. It makes me feel defensive and small.
“I have love and humor, but we all learn on the job. I don’t want to be my children’s friend – I am their parent.
Single since his marriage to art consultant Mr. Kopelman ended, Drew dips his toe into the dating world