Drew Barrymore on Her In-Laws: “They’re What I Want For My Family”
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Drew Barrymore on Her In-Laws: “They’re What I Want For My Family”

Drew Barrymore may not have had the best relationship with her parents growing up — or with her mom, Jaid, even now — but she’s finally found what she needed in a family from husband Will Kopelman, and it’s something she never thought she’d get to experience.

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Drew dished on what makes her extended family so special — and why her relationship with her mother is still so strained.

“When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent,” the 38-year-old actress explained.

Her upbringing was so crazy, in fact, that Drew moved out at 14 and threw herself into adulthood way earlier than any child should ever have to. And although being a mother herself has helped Drew understand what her mother might have been going through, she knows that keeping her distance from her is still necessary.

“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,” Drew said. “However, it hasn’t enabled me to lessen the distance. 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.”

Fortunately, Will’s family is able to make up for the warm, loving family environment Drew’s never had but always wanted.

“It’s so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values in tact,” she said. “It was huge for me. And that’s what I want for my family.”

Source: Marie Claire

01.6.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Nicole Pomarico
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