Drew Barrymore cries as she reflects on how her difficult childhood affected her as a mother

Drew Barrymore got emotional as she discussed how her difficult childhood affected her as a mother.

On Friday, the 46-year-old actress burst into tears during a conversation about boundaries on Dear Media’s Raising Good Humans podcast.

“Borders is a trigger word for me,” Drew told host Dr. Aliza Pressman.

Difficult: Drew Barrymore got emotional as she discussed how her difficult childhood affected her as a mother. Seen in 2021

“Tell us more,” Pressman asked.

“I’m very vulnerable,” the 50 First Dates star continued. “God, it’s really emotional for me.”

Drew then began to choke when she said, “I’ve…since my kids were born, other parents, schools, and society have brought up the word ‘boundaries’ and every time I heard that word I felt bad. because I didn’t grow up with it.’

Through her tears, the talk show host explained, “So I had no resources or experience to pull for what that even is, let alone how to run it and feel confident in it.”

Emotional: During a promo clip of her talk show she shared in a recent appearance on CBS Mornings, the California native wept as she discussed the challenges of dating as a single mom with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk

Emotional: During a promo clip of her talk show she shared in a recent appearance on CBS Mornings, the California native wept as she discussed the challenges of dating as a single mom with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk

“And it’s just… it’s a word that with such confidence and sometimes, arrogance and often the way people say it tonally, like it’s something you should already know,” she concluded.

Drew shares daughters Olive, nine, and Frankie, seven, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 43.

During a talk show promo clip she shared in a recent CBS Mornings appearance, the California native wept as she discussed the challenges of dating as a single mom with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk.

Family: Drew shares daughters Olive, nine, and Frankie, seven, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 43

Family: Drew shares daughters Olive, nine, and Frankie, seven, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 43

In November 2021, the star told The Mail on Sunday that she believed her chaotic upbringing in a broken home has made her a better mother to her two daughters.

In an interview in The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, the Charlie’s Angels actress also revealed how her divorce from Will in 2016 sparked fears that history was repeating itself.

“Divorce was my biggest fear,” she says. “It was something I never wanted to do to my own children. I felt broken. Really, truly broken.’

Drew’s parents divorced when she was nine. Her father, actor John Drew Barrymore, was an abusive alcoholic who was barely in her life. Her mother Jaid, an aspiring actress, “wasn’t prepared” for motherhood, Drew says.

A star at age seven thanks to Steven Spielberg’s ET, Drew developed alcohol and drug problems and her mother placed her in a mental institution at age 13. She spent 18 months there and at age 14, Drew legally divorced her parents.

Thinking: Drew Barrymore Says Her Upbringing in a Broken Home Made Her a Better Mother

Thinking: Drew Barrymore Says Her Upbringing in a Broken Home Made Her a Better Mother

Early fame: A star at age seven thanks to Steven Spielberg's ET, Drew got drinking and drug problems

Early fame: A star at age seven thanks to Steven Spielberg’s ET, Drew got drinking and drug problems

“My mom put me there because she couldn’t take it anymore, but it was the best thing that happened to me,” she admits. “It taught me boundaries. Until then I had none.’

‘I had no parents, I was the parent to them. It was all turned upside down,” she says. “So I didn’t know what I was doing. When people talked to me about parenting, I felt like an outsider.

“It took me years to muster the courage to say, ‘Can you talk to me like someone desperately trying to learn? Can you teach me?”

“There is so much pressure in life, especially on mothers, to do it right, to get it perfect. It confuses me when people get so righteous about parenting. It makes me feel defensive and small.

‘I have love and humor, but we all learn on the job. I don’t want to be my children’s friend – I’m their parent.’

Single since her marriage to art consultant Mr Kopelman ended, Drew is diving her toe into the dating world

Single since her marriage to art consultant Mr Kopelman ended, Drew is diving her toe into the dating world

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