Drew Barrymore admits she wishes her mum was DEAD as she opens up childhood trauma
Posted June 5, 2023 by: Admin
Drew Barrymore, beloved talk show host and iconic child star, has recently reflected on her tumultuous upbringing, shedding light on her complex relationship with her mother. While her journey from a young age in the spotlight, starting with her unforgettable role in Steven Spielberg’s ET at the tender age of seven, has been well-documented, Drew now reveals a more profound understanding of her past.
In previous interviews, Drew has candidly shared how her mother, Jaid, “exploited” her by exposing her to the Hollywood nightlife as early as nine years old, where she found herself immersed in partying and even had her first drink. As she grew older, the pressures and challenges of fame led Drew down a troubled path, ultimately leading to her experimentation with cocaine at the young age of twelve.
Reflecting on her early years as a child star, particularly her relationship with her mother, Drew bravely admits that there were times when she harbored dark thoughts. She confides, “There were moments when I wished my mother wasn’t around. I would envy my friends who had lost their parents, as twisted as that may sound.” These emotions stem from the difficult dynamics between them during that period.
She quickly acknowledges the complexity of her feelings, expressing her desire for her mother’s happiness and well-being. “I genuinely want her to find joy, thrive, and lead a healthy life. However, I also need to grow and flourish, despite her presence on this planet,” she states, emphasizing her determination to overcome the challenges she faced.
Upon further reflection, Drew expresses regret for her initial comments, realizing that she still cares deeply for her mother, Jaid, who is now 77 years old. She acknowledges her struggle to maintain emotional boundaries and reveals her continuous efforts to navigate the complexities of their relationship. “I never felt good about saying those things. I genuinely care about her, and I always will. It’s difficult for me to shut off my emotions or build walls,” she explains, revealing her vulnerability and capacity for forgiveness.
Drew’s journey has not been without its hurdles, as her battles with drug and alcohol addiction led to her being “blacklisted” by Hollywood studios by the age of twelve. However, she credits her time in drug rehabilitation, which she experienced twice by the age of thirteen, as a transformative turning point in her life. Speaking to YOU magazine, Drew shares, “My mother made the difficult decision to enroll me in rehabilitation, and it turned out to be the best thing for me. It taught me the importance of boundaries, something I had never experienced before.”
During her stay in the institution, Drew was unable to leave, which forced her to confront her challenges head-on. “In retrospect, yes, my mother placed me in that institution. But, in all honesty, it was exactly what I needed. It was like intensive training, a rigorous boot camp that was dark and arduous, lasting for a year and a half. It was harsh, but it instilled in me the discipline I desperately required,” she reveals, recognizing the transformative power of that period.
Today, Drew Barrymore stands as a beacon of resilience, having emerged from her troubled past with grace and strength. She is a testament to the incredible growth and transformation that can come from confronting and overcoming adversity. Her openness and willingness to share her journey inspire us all to embrace our own capacity for change and to find healing in the face of past challenges.