Drew Barrymore Reveals She Felt Like the "Biggest Failure" After Divorce


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During the premiere of Chelsea Handler's new Netflix program, Drew Barrymore, co-writer of probably the most poetic celebrity divorce statement ever (opens in new tab), opened up about the feels she sustained after separating from Will Kopelman. 

"When you break up with somebody, you're like, 'Yeah, that didn't work,'" she said in her first talk-show interview since the split. "But when you get divorced, you're like, 'I'm the biggest failure. This is the biggest failure. It's so shameful and hard to actually go through that, even privately."

But, as she wrote (opens in new tab) in the original announcement, Barrymore eventually did "start to find grace in the idea that life goes on" with the help of her friends and family. 

"There has been this really nice feeling of something very fluid and positive and the opposite of how I felt inside," she said. "Everyone has just been so cool and chill and nice about everything that it quelled my own fears and demons about how we sort of have to go through things in life." Amen, preach, etc., etc. 

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.