Drew Barrymore says she’s done with her marriage.
The talk show host talked about what it’s like to date a single mom and explained why she won’t get married a fourth time in a clip that aired on CBS Mornings this week.
“I don’t know how to meet children, you know? Barrymore said with tears in her eyes as she spoke to Queer Eye’s Bobby Burke. The conversation will be shown in full on her talk show on Thursday.
“I haven’t arrived yet,” she said. “I have two young girls and I’m like, I don’t want to bring people home. I think it will take me a very long time to get to know someone and get to know them before I can even introduce them to my daughters.”
Barrymore, who split from Will Kopelman, the father of her two children, in 2016, shed light on her impassioned comments in an additional interview with the CBS Mornings crew.
“I never realized and said out loud that I didn’t know how to date kids,” the actor told host Gail King after the Burke clip aired.
“The dad of my children happily remarried the most wonderful woman in the world. My children have this extraordinary stepmother,” she said, referring to Alexandra Michler. “Our processes were different. And their side of the street is so functional and solid and alive. And I think I was on the sidelines in a beautiful, glorifying purgatory.”
“I said that it was me, and this is my choice, you know, I’m not ready, I want to wait,” added Barrymore. “I don’t think I said out loud that it’s because I have these two daughters.”
Barrymore said she had not been married for six years.
“I sometimes go on dates, but only in the last two years,” Barrymore said. “It took me four years to take the step there. And people have different processes, and then enter a pandemic.”
The actress said she is not looking for someone who is “interested in marriage or children.”
“Maybe I would live with someone again, maybe, but I have children and there is no way. I will never, never, never marry again,” she said, adding that she might consider a promise ceremony.
Barrymore was married to Jeremy Thomas from 1994 to 1995, to comedian Tom Green from 2001 to 2002, and to Kopelman from 2012 to 2016.
Barrymore previously opened up about feeling overwhelmed after her divorce from Kopelman and said in 2020 that she didn’t think she “recovered from it.”
“I took the divorce really bad. I took it very hard,” actor Willie Geist told NBC’s Sunday Today. “And I know that I didn’t grow up in any family, that it was the last thing I wanted to do for my daughters.”
“I don’t know how to open it again,” Barrymore said at the time her voice began to crack. “It’s like something closed, and it has remained closed. I think I’m just as afraid of finding love again as if it never happened.”