Drew Barrymore’s alcohol struggles ‘hard’


March 7, 2023 | 12:22 p.m

Cameron Diaz says she gave Drew Barrymore “the support she needed” during the talk show host’s struggles with alcohol.

The recently unretired actress admitted the experience was “hard to watch” in a Los Angeles Times profile of her “Charlie’s Angels” co-star published Sunday.

“I knew if we all stuck with her and gave her the support she needed, she would find her way,” added Diaz, 50, saying she has “absolute faith” in Barrymore’s recovery.

“You have no idea how hard it was to be her as a child, and then she came out the other end with the ability to save herself,” she continued.

Cameron Diaz called Drew Barrymore’s alcohol struggles “hard to watch”.

Barrymore, 48, revealed in December 2021 that she had been sober for two and a half years.

The following year, she admitted to drinking heavily to “dull the pain” of her 2016 divorce from her third husband, Will Kopelman.

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Barrymore married the art consultant, 44, in 2012 and they are currently parents to daughters Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8.

“The drinking thing was constant for me,” she told People in December 2022 of the aftermath of their “unfortunate” breakup.

Diaz explained how she gave her “Charlie’s Angels” co-star the “support she needed.”
“I knew … she would find her way,” she added.
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Barrymore got sober in 2019.

“It just brought me down,” explained the “Never Been Kissed” star, who first went to rehab when she was 13. “It was just trying to … feel good — and alcohol totally did that for me .”

In fact, her post-divorce drinking became so intense that Barrymore’s therapist Barry Michaels quit.

“He just said, ‘I can’t do this anymore,'” she explained in the new LA Times story. “I said, ‘I understand.’ … You can see I’m not getting better. And I hope that one day I can earn your trust back.’”

The “Never Been Kissed” star started drinking heavily after her divorce from Will Kopelman.
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Although Barrymore’s friends and Michaels called her out on her addiction, she didn’t stop drinking until she filmed the first episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” in 2019.

“I think the opportunity of a show like this really hit me,” she explained in the profile. “I thought, ‘I can’t do this unless I’m in a really clear place.’

“I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to master this. I’m going to figure it out,'” the “ET” star continued. “And finally I just realized, ‘You’ve never mastered this and you never will.'”

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