Drew Barrymore Talks ‘New Direction’ Postsplit, Leaned on a Confidant

Drew Barrymore leaned on a friend for support before announcing her split from her husband, Will Kopelman. The How to Be Single actress opened up about the pivotal conversation while attending the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival in Pebble Beach, California, on Saturday, April 2 — just one day after Us Weekly and other outlets confirmed the news.

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“I had a really hard time a couple of months ago and kind of knew life was heading in a new direction,” Barrymore, 41, explained to Popsugar, without explicitly mentioning her impending divorce. “I called someone that I really trust, respect and believe in because he has always been the conductor of grace. I said, ‘What’s your advice?’ And he said, ‘You put one foot in front of the other.’ I hung up the phone and I thought, That is why I call this person.”

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman are seen on December 10, 2015 in New York City.
Kopelman and Barrymore on Dec. 10, 2015, in New York City. SBN/Star Max/GC Images

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Barrymore didn’t reveal who she caught up with, but she did slip that it was a man. “It’s a kind of way in which to live, and I want to be like him,” she continued. “I want to be like that. I want to put one foot in front of the other.”

In addition, the Hollywood veteran (who has been in front of the cameras since she was a child) described the much-needed advice as “physically productive and life-choice productive” and “succinct.”

Drew Barrymore attends Tracy Paul & Co presents Pokemon Afternoon Soiree at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.
Barrymore attended Tracy Paul & Co. presents Pokemon Afternoon Soiree at Sunset Tower on Feb. 27, 2016, in West Hollywood. Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Tracy Paul & Co

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Barrymore and art consultant Kopelman tied the knot in June 2012 and are parents of daughters Olive, 3, and Frankie, 23 months. “The only thing I care about, my life’s mission and the only thing that matters as of now is that my daughters know what our lives were like, how we lived, and how much I love them,” Barrymore told Popsugar. “For them to know that they were not just loved, but, like, ridiculously, utterly, life-alteringly loved. That’s the only reason I’m here now!”

This will be the third divorce for Barrymore. She was briefly married to Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and split from actor-comedian Tom Green in 2001 after five months of marriage.

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