Drew Barrymore is speaking in support of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton amid new attention to how former partiers were treated in their youth.
Barrymore has been in the public eye since she was a child and currently hosts her own talk show. During a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s show, the star opened up about her own wild days that led to a stay in a psychiatric ward when she was 13 years old.
The host compared his situation to Spears’, leading the host to note that he has “a lot of empathy” for people in his position.
“Paris Hilton came to this show and her mother had institutionalized her and, you know, you think like Britney and Paris and I thought for myself, I’m sure people look and think, ‘These party girls, these privileges, what? How dare they have feelings about this? They’ve been exposed, they’ve asked for this, it’s fair game, ‘and I’m just saying,’ They’re human. They’re only human, ‘and I have a lot of empathy, “the star explained.
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Stern previously shared his support for Spears as audiences continue to discuss the pop star’s life and past treatment in public view following the release of the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” and her guardianship battle with her father, Jamie Spears. Meanwhile, Hilton made headlines earlier this year when she spoke about her experience in an abusive boarding school she attended as a youngster.
Barrymore also spoke about her time in a psychiatric ward after her mother became desperate to help raise her when she was 13 years old.
“My mom put me in a place that was like a whole psychiatric ward. I used to laugh at those, like the 30-day places in Malibu. They talked about things that bothered me. I was like … A little spa vacation for 30 days in Malibu they were the opposite of the experience I had, “he explained. “I was in a place for a year and a half called Van Nuys Psychiatric and you couldn’t waste your time there. If you did, they would throw you in the padded room or put you on a gurney and tie you up.”
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Barrymore said the time he spent trapped there was marked by constant rebellion, taking the example of punk rockers like Plasmatics’ Wendy O. Williams, whom he idolized.
“I would channel my inner riot girl,” he said, noting that he would start mini-revolutions against staff with his peers.
“It was like half a facility for children and half a house for an old man, so while I was irritating these girls, the woman in the walker passed by. It was very funny,” he added.
Although she resented her mother for putting her there at the time, as an adult and mother of two herself, she understands why her mother was at the end of her rope, admitting that she was “out of control.”
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“I think he created a monster and didn’t know what to do with the monster,” admitted the star. “This was her last gasp, and she was really out of control, and I forgive her for making this decision. She probably felt like she had nowhere to turn.”
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Stern asked her if she has a good relationship with her mother today, to which the star noted that they communicate all the time.
“I am very happy that there is healing there,” she concluded.