Cameron Diaz has emotionally opened up about Drew Barrymore’s battle with alcohol and journey to sobriety in a new interview.
Diaz, 50, who has been best friends with Barrymore, 48, since the 90s, said watching her friend spiral into depression and drinking after her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman was ‘difficult to watch.’
Friends then staged a ‘quasi-intervention’ to help the actress battle her demons, which were also sparked when she moved from her ‘constant’ Los Angeles to New York.
Speaking to the LA Times in a profile for Barrymore, The Mask actress said: ‘But I knew that if we all stuck with her and gave her the support she needed, she would find her way.
‘I have absolute faith in her. You can’t even comprehend how hard it was to be her as a child, and then she shot out the other end with the ability to save herself.’
Pals: Cameron Diaz has emotionally opened up about Drew Barrymore’s battle with alcohol and journey to sobriety in a new interview
The Charlie’s Angels star shared that she was in such a destructive spiral her therapist, Barry Michels, quit on her.
‘He just said, “I can’t do this anymore,”‘ she revealed. ‘It was really about my drinking. I said, “I get it. I’ve never respected you more. You see I’m not getting better. And I hope, one day, that I can earn your trust back.”‘
The E.T. star, who shares daughters Olive, 10, and Frankie, eight, with her ex, started drinking heavily when her marriage failed.
The 50 First Dates actress was married to Kopelman from 2012 to 2016.
She spent a few years post-divorce drinking to numb the pain. When she started her talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, in 2019, she had an epiphany.
‘I think the opportunity at a show like this really hit me,’ she said. ‘I was like, “I can’t handle this unless I’m in a really clear place.”‘
The Santa Clarita Diet alum put down the bottle after she shot the pilot of her talk show. And two years after her therapist quit on her, she got back in touch with him and they started working together again.
She realized the only person she wasn’t rooting for was herself.
Happier times: Diaz, 50, who has been best friends with Barrymore, 48, since the 90s, said watching her friend spiral into depression and drinking after her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman was ‘difficult to watch’ (pictured 2014)
A world away: Drew had been down this path before. When she was 13, she entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse
‘You seem to be so inspired by everybody else, but you treat yourself like s—. When are you going to be enough for yourself,’ she said.
Drew had been down this path before. When she was 13, she entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.
At 14, she attempted suicide and went back to rehab.
When a tabloid outed her, she decided to write her story in the memoir Little Girl Lost in 1990.
‘Day by day Drew Barrymore is making it,’ the book jacket said. ‘She knows other kids can make it too.’
Drew became emancipated from her parents at age 15 and moved into her own apartment in West Hollywood.
In December Barrymore revealed that giving up alcohol allowed her ‘to finally become free of the torture of guilt’ as she opened up about her sobriety.
The star discussed her sobriety in an essay published in Take Care of Yourself, December’s addition of her monthly magazine titled, Drew.
The award winning actress wrote about her detachment from alcohol, as she called it ‘one of the most liberating things in my journey of life.’
Writing in her monthly magazine, Drew encouraged readers to put themselves first as she stated: ‘One of the bravest things you can do is slay those dragons and finally change an awful cycle in which you’ve found yourself stuck. For me, it was to stop drinking.’
Drew further admitted that giving up alcohol allowed her ‘to finally become free of the torture of guilt and dysfunction.’
In a message to readers, she continued: ‘Take a moment, take a breath, and give yourself a squeeze. We’re all just doing our best out here. And that in and of itself is something to celebrate.’
Legendary: Drew launched to fame at the age of seven in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The seasoned actress who rose to fame at 6-years-old for her performance as Gertie in the 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, battled both alcohol and drug addiction in her youth.
In 1989, Barrymore, then 14, detailed to People magazine how she had her first drink at nine, smoked pot at 10 and started using cocaine at 12. By 13, she had twice gone drug rehabilitation treatment.
She was briefly blacklisted from Hollywood at age 12.
Not one to shy away from her past addictions, Drew told CBS This Morning in December 2021 that ‘alcohol did not serve her.’
Denial of responsibility! insideheadline is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.