Drew Barrymore recently spoke about a personal journey she’s been on for over two years: sobriety. On Thursday, the actor and talk show host said on CBS this morning, “I haven’t drunk alcohol for two and a half years. I realized that this was something that just didn’t serve me and my life.
The actor first shared the news on the morning show. Asked about the biggest change she’s seen in herself since quitting drinking, she replied, “I love this quote: ‘Insecurity is strong, trust is silent.’ It’s something that I haven’t told people about for years because it was this quiet, confident trip ”, she said. “And now, I’ve been into a lifestyle that I know is really working a big road for my little trip for quite a long time. And there is finally so much peace where there were demons.
Barrymore, 46, was on CBS this morning to promote his recent The Drew Barrymore Show interview with Machine Gun Kelly where, while giving her a manicure to promote his new line of nail polish, UN / DN LAQR– the two ended up having a deep conversation about not being well, even when projecting positivity for their fans and followers. “I think I’m new to being vulnerable outside of songs. So it’s like, I see a lot of pictures of me and there are like smiles on them. And I was like, it’s just weird, because I wasn’t feeling well at all that day, ”the rapper said. « A lot of what I do is for others and I haven’t given myself time to accept that there is nothing wrong with not being well. »
In turn, Barrymore validated Kelly’s emotional reality and shared that she had really struggled after her divorce in 2016 from Will Kopelman. She eventually retired to Utah to work there. “I went there to change my life. I went through a very painful divorce and was not doing very well, ”she told Machine Gun Kelly in the promo clip. « And I had these two kids I had to fight for, and I needed help. »
She also said she hopes this isn’t the last time celebrities – and the rest of us – realize that life isn’t perfect. She cited Bella Hadid’s recent emotional posts on Instagram as an example of public figures sharing their truth. « I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a revolt against perfection right now that we are all forced to see and feel through social media, » she told the CBS this morning hosts. “I think it’s time for us, especially to get out of what we came out of. How to show our vulnerability? How can we talk if something happens? What is the way to get better? And then talk about this trip and be more communicative.
This isn’t the first time Barrymore has spoken candidly about his struggles. In an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this year she visited the psychiatric ward where she had spent a year and a half at the age of 13. “Life is so wonderful compared to what it was in this place. I can’t even believe I am where I am now because when I was here I didn’t see it, I thought I would be here forever, ”she said during the visit, holding back tears. “I never thought I was going to go to a better place and I’m so happy with my life and I don’t know if I would have the life I have without a place like this. So it was so important to come here today and honor that.