Drew Barrymore on relationship with her mom: 'I think she created a monster'
Drew Barrymore has lived her life in the spotlight since she was 5 years old and has since been an open book about the early years of sudden fame and the overly adult ailments that followed.
She has long credited her mother, Jaid, for setting her on a path to premature excess, as she raised her more like a best friend than a child. An example she offered in a previous interview was, “(My mom) said, 'Do you want to go to school and get bullied all day, or do you want to go to Studio 54? '
The relationship was detrimental to the young actress, and eventually her mother realized it too.
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"I think she created a monster and she didn't know what to do with the monster," said the actor and talk show host during a Monday visit to "The Howard Stern Show".
When Barrymore turned 13, she said her mother had taken her to a mental health department in California.
"I was in a place called Van Nuys Psychiatric for a year and a half and you couldn't play around there," the 46-year-old recalled. "If you had done that, you would either be thrown into the padded room or cuffed and handcuffed."
It was not an easy experience, but despite the rift between her and her mother that ended with a court granting Barrymore emancipation at the age of 14, she now tries to look back on everything with a sense of understanding.
"This was her last breath and I was really out of control and I forgive her for making that choice," Barrymore told Stern. "She probably had the feeling that there was nowhere to turn."
Jaid Barrymore has raised Drew alone since he divorced her father, the late film actor John Drew Barrymore, who was largely absent from both lives. It's all part of what the 50 First Dates star considered in repairing her relationship with her mother as an adult.
John Drew Barrymore (Frank Edwards / Getty Images)
"We texted this morning," said Barrymore when asked if they were still in contact. "I'm really glad that there is healing there. I feel good towards my mother."
And as the mother of two daughters of her own, Olive (8) and Frankie (6), she added: "I feel empathy and understanding."
She even invited her mother into her children's lives with caution.
"She met my children," said Barrymore. "But there are real limits and distance and a lot of respect."
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