It wasn’t love at first sight for Hollywood star Drew Barrymore when she met her third husband, Will Kopelman. However, their relationship only lasted a few years when he finally convinced her. Barrymore was devastated for years mourning their failed marriage.
Actress Drew Barrymore has had her fair share of brief marriages throughout her adult life. Her first marriage was to Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas in March 1994, but they separated a month later.
She then married comedian Tom Green in July 2001, but he filed for divorce in December. Barrymore tried her luck at love for the third time when she briefly dated Will Kopelman in 2010, and they reunited in February 2011.
Actress Drew Barrymore and artistic consultant Will Kopelman at the Chanel Benefit Dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Ocean Initiative at the home of Ron and Kelly Meyer on June 4, 2011 in Malibu, California. / Source: Getty Images
The actor proposed to her in December 2011 while vacationing in Sun Valley, Idaho. At the time, the talk show host was pregnant with the couple’s first child. A friend revealed during this period that Barrymore wanted to walk down the aisle in June before she gave birth.
Per her wish, the duo tied the knot in June 2012 at her Montecito, California estate in front of her family and close friends, including Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Busy Philips and Jimmy Fallon, among others.
Drew Barrymore and ex-husband Will Kopelman arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Blended’ at TCL Chinese Theater on May 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
An insider revealed to Us Weekly that Barrymore always wanted to be part of a close family like Kopelman’s. The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ star once told Ellen DeGeneres that she was in love with her husband’s family:
“He has this amazing family. I’m as in love with his family as I am with him, which is an amazing gift. You never take that for granted. It’s an absolute blessing. I feel very lucky. This are amazing people.”
IT WAS NEVER LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR BARRYMORE
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman arrive at the 2nd Annual Baby2Baby Gala at The Book Bindery on November 9, 2013 in Culver City, California. / Source: Getty Images
Although she previously said she was in love with her spouse’s family as she was with him, Barrymore told InStyle magazine in November 2015 that it was never love at first sight with Kopelman. She highlighted his good qualities as an individual with a loving family:
“It was never really love at first sight. Will hit a lot of my pragmatic sides. He was someone who was a classy human being, someone who has this amazing family model that I don’t have. .”
The California native went on to reveal what drew her to him, saying, “What I love about him is that he embodies the power to choose. He chooses to be a good person every day. .”
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman during the Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 11, 2013 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
In a 2014 interview with Brides, Barrymore gushed about his marriage to “The Intern” star, revealing his favorite part of their marriage was when he gave a speech. She admired his eloquence and articulation:
“I was super excited, excited, proud. I had so many wonderful emotions!”
Barrymore and Kopelman welcomed two children into their marriage, daughters Frankie, who arrived in 2014, and Olive, born in 2012. In October 2015, Barrymore spoke candidly about her difficult childhood and motherhood.
She revealed to People that some people had mentioned how sad her life was. At a young age, the mother-of-two was exposed to a wild lifestyle. She was interned at 12 and lived alone at 15.
So when she started having children of her own, people were curious what she would tell her offspring about her upbringing. Barrymore has written a book in which she details her life story called “Wildflower”.
The author said she wants her children to know that she is far from perfect and to guide them in the best way she knows how. It means putting them first, an idea their father, Kopelman, also agrees with.
Barrymore shared that she enjoyed watching the art consultant be a father to their children, adding that while other people recommend putting a relationship first, she believes her offspring come first in her life:
“I love that it’s all about the kids. Maybe it’s to make up for not having parents or childhood myself, but right now the focus is on how we understand things as parents.”
BARRYMORE AND KOPELMAN DIVORCED AFTER RAISING THE TENSION
In 2016, the couple ended their marriage after nearly four years of marriage. Sources confirmed to People that the couple are going their separate ways following disagreements for some time in their union, saying:
“They had marriage issues for a while. There was tension over where to live.”
An insider revealed that Barrymore liked Los Angeles while Kopelman preferred New York. The family of four lived on New York’s Upper East Side.
The former couple’s decision to go their separate ways came just two months before they could celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary, leaving Barrymore heartbroken.
At the time, a source told Us Weekly that the Golden Globe Award winner felt “like a failure” as she had already been divorced twice. A close pal of the duo revealed that they expect to be together for the long haul:
“She’s disappointed it didn’t work out. They both expected to be together forever.”
Shortly after announcing their divorce, Kopelman and Barrymore released a joint statement to People. They said that although their family is legally separating, “we don’t think that takes away from being a family.”
Additionally, they mentioned that while the procedure might feel like a failure; finally, we have the idea that life goes on: “Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as a priority,” said the couple.
BARRYMORE’S POST-DIVORCE STRUGGLES
Drew Barrymore, Olive Barrymore Kopelman and Frankie Barrymore Kopelman attending Baby2Baby Holiday Party on December 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
In September 2021, Barrymore spoke candidly about her struggles dealing with divorce during an appearance on the “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” podcast.
She suffered a nervous breakdown after realizing that her children would not have a mother and father living in the same household as she had hoped. The beauty mogul struggled to cope and kept a facade.
Still, she and Kopelman didn’t want their children to grow up in an unhappy home. While there was nothing outrageous about the divorce, it was still heartbreaking for Barrymore.
It took her five years to overcome the separation and find a better place in her life. She spoke to people who helped her deal with her grief. The Emmy nominee also had her children on her mind, which she had to fight for to find her old self.
Additionally, on her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the host said she finally got help and made changes in her life that allowed her to move on.
BARRYMORE LOVES KOPELMAN’S NEW WIFE
The change came by accepting that his children now have a new stepmother, Alexandra Michler, whom Kopelman married in 2021. Barrymore gushed about Michler once, saying she is “an amazing woman. I have felt like I won the lottery with her. I really did.”
The former child star said Michler came into their lives and got to know her daughters pretty well. Barrymore includes the couple in all things child-related, occasionally travels with them, and hosts family dinners.
However, she also knows the limits and they all try to find their way together with respect. Although she’s not trying to be Michler’s best friend, she “knows that I worship the ground she walks on and am her greatest cheerleader,” Barrymore said.
In March 2022, the producer opened up about co-parenting with Kopelman, sharing that they both have the day off, which is a bonus. Speaking about the downsides of co-parenting, she said she misses her daughters when they are with their dad.