Drew Barrymore has so much empathy for Britney Spears and Paris Hilton: 'It's hard to grow up in front of people'
Actress Drew Barrymore tells Howard Stern about the challenges of growing up in the entertainment industry. (Photo by Bravo / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore hasn't seen much on the Hulu documentary Framing Britney Spears, which tells the singer's battle for a conservatory release, but she wants to.
As the talk show host explained on Monday following the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, she feels for Spears, Paris Hilton and other women who, like them, have spent much of their lives in the spotlight. Barrymore herself was in films before she was in kindergarten and she had an extremely troubled childhood. She went into rehab when she was 13.
“I have so much empathy with so many people,” said Barrymore, who has been trading since she was 6. They lay down there, they asked for it - it's a fair game and I just say, “They are people. They are only human "and I did a lot of empathy. "
Her voice cracked as she continued.
"It's hard to grow up in front of people," said Barrymore. "It's just hard."
While no one ever tried to take control of the E.T. The star's money - in fact, she was emancipated at 14 - told Barrymore she was once forced into an institution. She previously said she was taken there because she was addicted to alcohol, cocaine and attempted suicide more than once.
Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore pose for a picture on June 8, 1982 in New York City. (Photo: Yvonne Hemsey / Getty Images)
"My mother took me to what was like a full mental health department," said Barrymore. "I laughed at these 30 day places in Malibu. Talk about things that pissed me off ... A little spa break in Malibu was the opposite of what I had. I was in a place for one Called Van Nuys Psychiatric for a year and a half and you couldn't play around there. And if you did you would either be thrown into the padded room or cuffed and tied up. "
Barrymore was there for six to eight months and the treatment eventually worked.
"It was the best thing that happened to me in a sick way because it cooled me down," she said.
While Barrymore and her mother Jaid Barrymore have long had a tumultuous relationship, she said things are getting better. Barrymore understood more about where her mother came from when Drew was a child.
"We texted us this morning. I'm really glad there is healing there," she said. "I feel kindness towards my mother. I feel empathy and understanding."
The Scream star's daughters, Olive, 8, and 6-year-old Frankie even met their grandmother.
"But there are real limits and distance and a lot of respect," said Barrymore.
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