Drew Barrymore refuses to pretend to be perfect: “I’m in sweatpants right now”

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We loved her as a child in ET, then as a crime-fighting legend in Charlie’s Angels, and now Hollywood’s sweetheart Drew Barrymore is determined to not glaze over the less glamorous parts of motherhood

Keeping it real

The 42-year-old actress, beauty and lifestyle mogul, producer and mother-of-two certainly knows how to live life to the fullest. We’re exhausted just writing her list of accomplishments. But the most refreshing part about all of it is that she never pretends parenting and working is anything but what it really is – hard work, wrapped up in love and patience.

Not one to shy away from bad lighting or a bad hair day, Drew regularly treats her 8.3 million Instagram followers to the real Drew. A candid new interview about her personal life offers further proof that she really is just like other regular mums (well, most of the time).

Raising strong daughters

Drew co-parents her two girls, five-year-old Olive and three-year-old Frankie, with her ex-husband Will Kopelman, a task they seem to be working together on wonderfully.

In an interview with Today, she said they are both focusing on raising their girls to be strong, after being hugely influenced by the Kate Parker book, Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves. 


“Little girls growing up have to come out of a set of values,” she said. “It’s about inner strength and protecting others and being adventurous and not being arrogant about your strength. It’s about a girl who can do it but takes everyone along with her.”

Drew wants to set a good example for her girls and doesn’t want them to think their worth is in how they look. “I don’t exactly relate to the woman who can get out of bed and dress herself up. I’m not capable of that. I like dressing up but I feel like I’m playing a part.”

Prioritising being cozy and comfy

Drew’s is determined to not keep her love of casual attire to herself, and in addition to her successful beauty line, Flower Beauty, the busy mum has also launched a fashion, lingerie and accessories collection called Dear Drew. Everything was designed to be cozy — and bra underwire has been banned.

“I’m not here to spread around that I can cook, and I can throw a dinner party and I always look fabulous. Every once in a while you feel like you pulled it off. Getting dressed up is a novelty to me. I’m in sweatpants and thick socks right now,” she told Today.


On her parenting style

Drew is keen to focus on what is really important when raising her two girls, as well as sprinkling each day with a heck of a lot of fun. “I try to be direct and mature and clear about what’s important to me. But we’re also adventurous. We take as many weekend adventures as we can, but met with very consistent life schedules. Food is at this time. Bed is at this time. Playdates are at this time. It builds some type of stability,” she tells Today.

A work in progress

Although she may seem like she’s got it all together, Drew admits — that like most mums — she’s still learning.

“I would not know how to function if a time machine picked me up and took me back to 10 years ago. I get a little better each day,” she said. “I can’t believe how erratic my feelings were. You have to get older to get better and wiser and calmer and focus on the right things. I’m a way better person than I used to be. And trust me, I’m very critical of myself.”

Well we think you’ve done an amazing job Drew, a true inspiration to all mums. Keep it up!


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