Drew Barrymore recently opened up about her healing process in regards to her relationship with her mother, Jaid Barrymore. In an interview with Vulture, the actress and talk-show host discussed the complexities of their relationship and her desire to let go of the past.
Barrymore revealed that her mother, who also served as her manager during her early years in Hollywood, presents a significant obstacle to her healing journey. Unlike those whose parents have already passed away, she doesn’t have the luxury of moving on easily. Despite this, Barrymore expressed her genuine wish for her mother’s happiness and well-being.
She emphasized that her conflicting feelings toward her mother are not driven by malice. Barrymore acknowledged that she still cares deeply about her mother, and her intentions are rooted in love. She believes that she will never stop caring for her, even amidst the challenges they’ve faced in their relationship.
The actress was born to actors Jaid and John Drew Barrymore in 1975. Her childhood was marked by struggles and difficulties, including her emancipation from her parents during her troubled youth. She experienced drug-related incidents, went to nightclubs with her mother, and even went through a stint in rehab at the age of 13. In contrast to her relationship with her mother, Barrymore had a more positive connection with her late father, who passed away in 2004.
Barrymore acknowledged her father’s shortcomings, describing him as an incapable human being. She recognized the pain her mother endured, bearing the burden of heartache while her father seemingly escaped accountability. Despite this, Barrymore expressed her readiness for reconciliation and shared that she recently messaged her mother on her birthday.
In the heartfelt text message exchange, Jaid expressed her love and pride for her daughter. Barrymore cherished the moment, feeling a sense of vulnerability and returning to a more childlike state upon hearing those words from her mother. The acceptance of her truth and honesty in their exchange brought Barrymore a deep sense of healing and closure.
The actress concluded by expressing her forgiveness toward her parents, both her mother and her late father. She admitted that forgiving herself remains a challenge, but she expressed her desire and readiness to achieve self-forgiveness. Barrymore sees this as an important step in her healing process and in moving forward with her life.
In sharing her story and experiences, Drew Barrymore provides insight into the complexities of family relationships and the power of forgiveness. Her journey serves as a reminder that healing is a personal and ongoing process, one that requires understanding, compassion, and a willingness to let go of the past.