Drew Barrymore Speaks On Complicated Relationship With Her Mother


Drew Barrymore had a complicated upbringing and relationship with her mother as she was introduced to Hollywood quite early. The 48-year-old won emancipation from her parents, Jaid and John, when she was 14.

Despite her tumultuous relationship with her mother, Drew remains financially supportive of her. She maintained that she wants Jaid to be “happy and healthy” and holds no grudge against her.


Drew cares about her mother

10 November 2021 – New York, NY – Drew Barrymore. 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards held at The Grill Room. Photo Credit: LJ Fotos/AdMedia

In a new Vulture profile that was published on Monday, Drew shared extensively about how she and Jaid have been getting along. “I actually want her to be happy and thrive and be healthy. But I have to grow in spite of her being on this planet,” she said. “I dared to say it, and I didn’t feel good. I do care. I’ll never not care. I don’t know if I’ve ever known how to fully guard, close off, not feel, build the wall up.”


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After the interview, Drew texted the reporter about her conversation with Jaid for her birthday. “I texted my mom for her birthday, and she told me she loved me and she was proud of me. I don’t care how old you get or how big your mission is, when your mom tells you she loves you, you revert back to small,” Drew added. “And the fact that she loves me with my truth and my honesty is the best time I have ever heard her say it.”

LOS ANGELES – JUN 24: Drew Barrymore at the 49th Daytime Emmys Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, CA

Drew’s past and present experiences with Jaid

Drew admitted that she sometimes wants a break from her mother; however, she can’t push her away, regardless. “I can’t turn my back on the person who gave me my life. I can’t do it. It would hurt me so much. I would find it so cruel. But there are times where I’ve realized that our chemistry and behavior will drum up a feeling in me where I have to say, ‘Okay, I need a break again,’” she said.

The TV personality revealed instances of her mother’s questionable character, like how Jaid “went and dated my boyfriends,” amongst others that she described as “behaving so absolutely inappropriately.”

LOS ANGELES – JUL 14: Drew Barrymore at the Beautycon Festival LA 2018 at the Convention Center on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

“The more time goes by, and the older I get, the less guilt and corrosive, toxic shame and just absolute discomfort comes with it,” Drew concluded. “The more you sort of go, ‘My God I’m going to be 48, when does that guilty little girl that’s still so sad that I don’t have this amazing nuclear relationship with my family, when does that become okay?’”

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