Drew Barrymore has reacted angrily to reports that she wished her mother death in her June 5 interview with New York magazine.
She wrote on her Instagram account, “You know what?
“To all you tabloids out there, you’ve been f****** with my life since I was 13,” she began solemnly. “I’ve never said I wished my mother was dead.” You have no right to put those words in my mouth.”
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“I’ve been vulnerable and tried to figure out a very difficult, painful relationship while admitting it’s difficult to do while a parent is alive and that those of us who want to figure it out in real-time ‘cannot wait’ as in they can’t wait for the time.”
“Not that the parent is no longer alive,” she clarified. “Never twist my words or say that I wish my mother was dead.”
That is something I have never said. I’d never do it. I go on to say that I hope I never have to live in a situation where I would wish that on someone because it is sick.”
The entire story began when Drew Barrymore, in a new interview, opened up like never before and seemingly admitted that life would be clearer if her mother, Jaid, was no longer alive.
She also envied her friends who no longer have living parents. “All of their mothers have died, but my mother has not. “I don’t have that luxury,” she explained to New York magazine in a June 5 profile. “I simply cannot wait,” she added.
The 48-year-old actress and talk show host then clarified her position, saying that while she does not wish her mother’s death, it would make her life easier.
“I don’t want to be in a position where I wish someone would leave sooner than they’re supposed to so I can grow,” she explained. “I genuinely want her to be happy, thrive, and be healthy.” But I have to f******grow regardless of her presence on this planet.”
Further into the interview, the 50 First Dates star clarified her position once more, confirming she had no ill will towards her mother. “I dared to say it, and it didn’t make me feel good,” Drew admitted. “I am concerned. I’ll never be unconcerned.
I’m not sure I’ve ever known how to fully guard, close off, not feel, and build a wall.”
Drew rose to fame at the age of seven after landing her breakthrough role in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. She rose to become one of the most in-demand actresses of the time, but her mother’s management style landed Drew in trouble.
She was institutionalized at the age of 13 and was emancipated from her parents when she was released more than a year later. Her father, John Drew Barrymore of the famous Barrymore acting family, was absent from her life for the majority of her childhood.
“I think my mom created a monster, and she didn’t know what to do with the monster,” Drew admitted in a 2021 interview on The Howard Stern Show about how she became so out of control.
David Crosby, a rock legend, took in the Never Been Kissed actress and helped her stay on track.
Drew had been estranged from her mother for years, but she confirmed in 2017 that she and her former momager are in a good place in terms of their relationship via an Instagram selfie she shared on Mother’s Day. “Proud. My mother and I. On Mother’s Day!” she wrote in the caption.
Drew provided another positive update on her and Jaid’s relationship a few years later. “My mom and I are good now,” she said in a May 2021 episode of The Drew Barrymore Show. “It’s like there’s just some peace, respect, and maturity there that couldn’t have happened before.”
And, while Drew’s relationship with her mother is strong, the actress admits that she needs to work on her mindset about her upbringing regularly to continue growing.
“I very consciously choose not to see my life as things that have been done to me,” she told New York Magazine. “I want to remember it as something I did and chose to do.” People who blame others do not appeal to me. It’s not sexy to me.”