“It’s hard to grow up in front of people,” Drew said, choking. “It’s just difficult.”
Drew Barrymore spoke about her mother, Jaid Barrymore, placing her in a psychiatric ward at the age of 13.
During an emotional interview on Monday’s “The Howard Stern Show,” Hollywood royalty said her reckless behavior as a child star led to her being institutionalized.
“I would go to clubs and not school and steal my mom’s car and it was out of control,” Drew began. “So sometimes it was as funny as that and sometimes I was so mad that I would leave and then they would throw me into the thing.”
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He explained that “the thing” was a “complete psychiatric ward” where he remained for 18 months. But it wasn’t a fancy rehab facility, according to the star.
“I used to laugh at those 30-day Malibu places,” recalled the 46-year-old talk show host. “Malibu was the opposite of the experience I had. I was in a place for a year and a half called Van Nuys Psychiatric. And you couldn’t waste your time there and if you did, they would throw you into a padded room or put you on a gurney. and tie it up. “
Long time at Van Nuys Psychiatric allowed him to realize that he needed discipline.
“I asked myself, ‘Why is this happening?’ And I thought, ‘Maybe you need the craziest form of structure because everything was so readily available and ruined in your world that maybe something like this is needed to start the rest of your life,’ “he explained. “And that didn’t happen for probably about six or eight months. The first six to eight months I was so angry. I couldn’t see well.”
The experience allows Drew to sympathize with other women who have come into the limelight at a young age with parents stepping in to regulate, such as Britney Spears, whose father-controlled guardianship has been challenged with the recent film “Framing Britney Spears “.
“I haven’t seen the documentary,” Drew told Howard. “So I don’t know what’s going on there. But I have so much empathy, you know that Paris Hilton came on the show and her mother had institutionalized her, and you think Britney and Paris, I’m sure people look and think, ‘These party girls , these privileges, how dare they have feelings about this? They’ve overreached themselves, they’ve asked for this, it’s fucking fair, ‘and I just say,’ They’re human. They’re only human, ‘and I have a lot of empathy. “
“It’s hard to grow up in front of people,” he added, choking. “It’s just difficult.”
Meanwhile, after a lifetime of introspection, the “ET” actress said she learned to “forgive” her mother for sending her into the living room.
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“I think after 30 years of therapy and a lot of soul searching and having children, I think she created a monster,” Drew explained. And he didn’t know what to do with the monster. You probably felt you had nowhere to turn. And I’m sure he lived with a lot of guilt for years, about creating the monster, but then I think he lived with a lot of pain and I wouldn’t talk to him for long either.
“I mean, the pain that I went through, I felt so guilty,” he continued. “By denying my mom access to me, I felt like I was cutting off the source of life. It was a harder feeling than ever. Definitely the worst pain I have ever known.”
Drew added that he has since reconciled with Jaid and that text messages were even sent ahead of the Howard Stern interview.
“I feel kindness towards my mom. I feel empathy and understanding.”
And more proof that the couple is on the right track; Drew’s daughters Olive, eight, and Frankie, six, have met their maternal grandmother.
“But there are real limits, distance, and a lot of respect,” Drew said.
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