Drew Barrymore: I love my life
Drew Barrymore can see why people view her life as sad, but in reality she finds every day amazing and will never be ashamed of her troubled childhood.
The 40-year-old actress found fame at the tender age of seven in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A rocky adolescence followed, which saw her smoking at nine years old, pre-teen drinking and taking drugs. She entered rehab twice at the age of 14, but eventually managed to leave those troubles behind.
Now a mother herself, Drew has had time to reflect on her childhood. She doesn't plan to hide her past from her daughters Olive, three, and 17-month-old Frankie, but instead will focus on what's best for them.
"I'm certainly not known for being boring," she told People magazine. "But I also think things that are emotional and raw are also a lot lighter than they seemed. Someone once said to me, 'But your life... it's so sad.' And I was like, 'Well, no, it's not to me, but I could see how you would think that.' My life is amazing.
"When I first started having children, people were like, 'Well, what are you going to tell them about (your upbringing)?' And there was always a connotation and insinuation of, 'You should be ashamed.' But that's crazy. (My daughters) are going to know I'm not some holier-than-thou person who just doesn't want them to live. I just want to guide them in the best way possible."
Drew, who has her daughters with art consultant husband Will Kopelman, is keen to give their girls the best possible upbringing. She's even started to teach Olive how to cook, as the little one loves helping mum in the kitchen. It's still a learning curve for Drew though, who worries about any accidents involving her offspring.
"If she burns herself, someone will say, 'You are the biggest a-hole, why did you let her near a stove?'" Drew sighed. "I'm just trying to figure this all out."
- Cover Media