Drew Barrymore revealed the impact of her ex-husband’s remarriage on her love life

Actor Drew Barrymore has been married and divorced three times, but had no children until her third marriage. And she said she idealized this union in hopes of giving her daughters the childhood she missed as a young actor. But the loss of her dream family apparently changed her outlook on dating once she found herself single.

Barrymore confessed that she didn’t know how to date her since she had her daughters. But seeing their father happily remarried helped her grow to take more serious risks in a new romance.

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Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman divorced after 4 years of marriage

Barrymore married her third husband, Will Kopelman, in 2012 and they have two daughters, Olive and Frankie. According to People, Barrymore gushed about becoming related to him.

“Honestly, I don’t know what it’s like for other couples, but I really love seeing him be a father,” she said. “I know everyone says you’re supposed to put your relationship first. But I really like that it’s all about the kids.

She guessed that she could have “compensated for not having parents…or childhood.”

They divorced in 2016 and Barrymore said she had to reassess her life in every way after the split, which she called her worst nightmare. Apparently the least of his concerns was dating a single mother when the time came.

Drew Barrymore doesn’t ‘know how to navigate’ dating anymore

In an interview with ET, Barrymore opened up about her dating life from 2022. She is now co-parenting Kopelman and the hosts. The Drew Barrymore Show.

As Frankie and Olive have aged, and now that Kopelman is “happily” remarried, Barrymore said: “Times are changing and, you know, we’re blossoming, and I’m more open to [dating] now.”

She admitted she was “a little rusty” and added, “I never even considered dating, let alone a relationship as a single mom who ultimately invested in me.”

“I’ve realized that a big part of my journey has been that I’m just for me,” she explained. “I’m a mum and I don’t know how to date kids. It hasn’t been my priority and I don’t really know how to go about it.

According to her, she has always been about “relationships and [her] children and everyone else.

She said, “I don’t think I’ve ever had such a complete relationship with a person as an individual entity.”

Drew Barrymore loves dating now but doesn’t often

Barrymore admitted to ET that she “loves” dating now even though she doesn’t do it “very often,” and most things haven’t gone so well. “I think I average one or two dates a year,” she guessed, “which seems constant in a busy life.”

“Most of them haven’t been that great, but to me they’re like funny stories and I never want people to get cynical out there,” she shared. She also gave some advice to others. “You have to have hope,” she said, “and you have to have it for yourself.”

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