Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, parents to daughters Olive, eight, and Frankie, six, split in 2016.
And on Monday, the actress spoke candidly about the impact the split had on her life, revealing that she ‘really did not take divorce well. I took it really hard.’
Barrymore admitted that she was just starting to come to terms with being able to talk about her marriage openly while speaking to Willie Geist on Sunday Today.
Time heals: Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, parents to daughters Olive, eight, and Frankie, six, split in 2016. And on Monday, the actress spoke candidly about the impact the split had on her life, revealing that she ‘really did not take divorce well. I took it really hard’
‘I don’t think I would have been able to talk about it as openly at first,’ she said, continuing, ‘I really did not take divorce well. I took it really hard.’
The 45-year-old actress continued to open up about what her marriage meant for her daughters and why she fought so hard to keep the family together.
‘I was, like, ‘Oh, the ultimate promise I wanted to make with you and for you was to have this amazing family. And I found them. And there’s something not working that isn’t livable. How tragic is that?,’ she said.
Barrymore said she felt determined to give her daughters something she never had.
Former couple: Barrymore admitted that she was just starting to come to terms with being able to talk about her marriage openly while speaking to Willie Geist on Sunday Today; seen December 2015
For the kids: Barrymore shared that she was determined to keep the family unit together for the sake of her two daughters because she grew up without a family
‘I know from not growing up with any family whatsoever that that was the last thing I wanted to do for my daughters,’ she shared.
Kopelman and Barrymore ultimately decided to split in 2016 after four years of marriage together.
The two announced the news with a joint statement, but also shared that they were trying to emphasize family throughout the process.
‘Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family,’ the couple said.
Candid chat: Barrymore spoke about motherhood and divorce from the safety of her own set, as Willie and Drew had a virtual chat
They continued, ‘Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on. Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority.’
The couple still maintains to co-parent their two girls Olive, eight, and Frankie, six in NYC.
Speaking about her initial attraction to Will, Barrymore revealed it was not a cosmic sort of love.
‘Will struck a lot of my pragmatic sides…He was someone who was always reachable on the phone, someone who was a classy human being, someone who has this incredible blueprint of a family that I don’t have,’ she said.
Security: The Charlies Angels actress revealed that Will appealed to her in a secure sort of way as she listed off practical reasons for her attraction to him; pictured May 2014
Speaking about the parenting side of their marriage, Barrymore continued to say that they put their children first.
‘I know everyone says you’re supposed to put your coupledom first. But I really love it being all about the kids,’ she said.
She continued to share that she is not sure if love is in the cards for her again though she is finally at a happy place in her life with her career and her children.
‘I don’t know how to open that up again. It’s like something closed, and it stayed closed. I think I’m equally as scared to find love again as I would be as if it never happened,’ she finished.