Drew Barrymore Shares Her Journey To Sobriety

Drew Barrymore, known for being a wild child in her early years in Hollywood, has admitted that she has finally given up alcohol altogether.

Drew Barrymore Shares Her Journey to Sobriety
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In an interview on CBS Mornings, Barrymore shared, “I’m gonna say something for the first time in a long time — I have not had a drink of alcohol in two-and-a-half years.”

“It was something that I realized just did not serve me and my life,” she added.

The personal success was a private one, something that she intentionally chose to upkeep. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a revolt against the perfection right now that we are all forced to see and feel through social media. We’re in an impasse and a crux of a moment where talking about how we figure ourselves out, how we fix ourselves takes a journey and solutions. Most people do it in private,” she said.

The star was on the morning show to discuss her upcoming interview with Machine Gun Kelly (otherwise known as Colson Baker) on The Drew Barrymore Show. It was there that Kelly, while giving Barrymore a manicure, admitted to struggling with his mental health.

“I think I’m new to being vulnerable outside of songs. I see a lot of pictures of me and there’s like, smiles on them. It’s just weird though because I didn’t feel good at all that day and I kind of am sick of smiling on days when I don’t feel like smiling,” Kelly told Barrymore. “And I feel like this odd pressure because I don’t want my fans to think that I’m taking something for granted–so if I accept an award and I’m super smiley, but behind the scenes, there was stuff going on.”

Barrymore listened to his concerns and instead focused the interview on the new topic.

“We had a very different show planned with him,” she told CBS. “I just pivoted and went, ‘You’re in the right place. Let’s break this down.'”

“Maybe people think, like, I figured out so many problems when I was young, because it was so hard then,” she continued. The 46-year-old actress notably had a number of her own struggles as a child that included substance abuse, mental institutions, and suicide attempts.

“We continue to confront things with each decade of our life that almost surpasses what we thought we had seen. I’m interested in that conversation — we don’t fix it, move on and it never breaks again. We are on that roller coaster,” she said.

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