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Drew Barrymore celebrates turning 49 after overcoming ‘broken’ personal life that left her shocked she’s alive

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Drew Barrymore looks back on her past and shares her hopes for the future as she approaches the age of 49.

On Wednesday, the actress took to Instagram to share a video of herself walking in an outdoor park as she reflected on her last day before her birthday on Thursday.

“Last day of ’48. What do you want to take with you into ’49? What do you want to leave behind? That’s the question! I think we have the answer!” Barrymore wrote in the caption of her post.

Drew Barrymore opens up about overcoming a difficult past before turning 49. (Bruce Grikas/Wire Image)

Since her meteoric rise to fame at the age of seven with her role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi film E.T., Barrymore has had substance abuse problems, stints in rehab, and three stints in a psychiatric hospital. He has faced many hardships, including a divorce. .

Drew Barrymore says she tried drinking to ‘dumb down the pain’ after divorce, credits her children with motivating her to stop drinking

The Charlie’s Angels star, who is also the mother of daughters Olive, 11, and Frankie, nine, has now been sober for five years.

In an interview with Us Weekly ahead of her 49th birthday, Barrymore spoke about living through her past and how she was able to change the story of her life.

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“I’ve always carried the ‘bad girl’ narrative,” she said. “I thought I deserved bad things to happen to me. Now I’m raising two daughters. I can’t do that to myself anymore. It’s like drinking, one thing at a time. I keep taking things one step at a time and saying, “I can’t do this.” I’m going to carry you now. you’re not good for me ”

Barrymore added, “The personal part of me has been the ultimate work in progress. The professional in me is truly brave and feels never entitled. I’ve always felt so blessed and grateful. “I lost everything. I got it back. I am.” I lost it again. i’m back. So I don’t think there’s anything left. ”

“I know you can’t take anything for granted,” she added. “No matter what difficult times I went through professionally, I always believed that I could rewrite things. And in my personal life, I was a failure and a broken person. Sometimes I believed that I was alive. I can’t do it.” ”

“And this is the first time in my 49-year-old life. [the personal and professional] We complement each other. Time is the greatest asset we have. Time allows things to improve, change, and shine light into dark spaces. It took me my whole life to get here, but in my heart I’m so glad to be out of prison. ”

Drew Barrymore's then and now part ways

Barrymore has overcome many ups and downs since rising to fame at the age of seven. (Getty Images)

After landing her breakthrough role in E.T., Barrymore became a child star, but she struggled with substance abuse problems from an early age. Thanks to her sudden rise to fame, Barrymore’s difficult childhood and party-filled early teens played out in the media spotlight.

When Barrymore was 13 years old, her mother, Jade Barrymore, placed her in a rehab facility. The “Charlie’s Angels” star then spent 18 months in a psychiatric hospital. Barrymore was legally emancipated from Jade and her father John Barrymore when she was 15 years old.

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The California native has been married and divorced three times and has daughters Olive and Frankie with ex-husband Will Kopelman. Barrymore continued to struggle with substance abuse throughout her adult life, and she has previously said that the pain of her divorce exacerbated her drinking problem.

Barrymore decided to quit drinking in 2019, and previously explained that her children and talk shows were the inspiration behind her decision to quit drinking.

Drew Barrymore tilts her head and smiles for the camera in a colorful printed dress

The talk show host has been sober since 2019. (Bravo/NBCU Photobank via Getty Images)

In an interview with Us Weekly, Barrymore reflected on her journey to sobriety.

“Oh my god, I’ve been drinking since I was 9 years old,” she said. “Then one day I thought, ‘I’ll never do this again.'”

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Ms. Barrymore continued, “But once I stopped, everything went wrong. Then I went to work in earnest and figured out how to better myself and understand why I was drinking the way I was. I needed it. That was my way of coping.’

“Then the next day you’re living under the influence of chemicals that make you feel even worse,” she added. “It wasn’t a new concept to me. All my life I knew it wouldn’t work. I kept saying, ‘One day I’ll master this.’ And sometimes it’s as simple as just being tired of wanting to do something for most of your life and then one day it finally happens. ”

Drew Barrymore at the then 100 gala

Barrymore says she has learned to celebrate the past rather than dwell on regrets. (Photo: Nina Westervelt/Variety via Getty Images)

The “Drew Barrymore Show” host also said he has learned to celebrate the past and not spend time regretting it.

“I’ve had great relationships, most of which I’m still very good friends with,” Barrymore said. ”[The secret to that is] Enjoy your history and never allow yourself to be with someone who tries to beat you up about it. It’s so toxic. ”

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She continued, “I love my crazy youth. Part of the reason I’m single now is because I had so much fun. Part of the reason I never miss a drink is because I… Because I drank,” he continued.

“It was great to spend time with nudists, exhibitionists, wildflowers, wild children, and little forest fairies. It was great to be at the party. It was great to be wild with the boys. It was great to be wild in every way.” “Because in some way, shape or form, it led to me being content with my quiet life now. And I enjoyed it. I’m not sorry. I’m not mad at myself for it.” But not.”

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