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Drew Barrymore admits she struggles to achieve balance and is an ‘extremely honest’ parent

Since launching her first talk show earlier this year, Drew Barrymore has provided her audiences with plenty of laughs and of self-discovery by being ‘extremely honest.’  

As the 45-year-old Golden Globe winner reflected on her top priorities on the cover of Health’s first-ever Change Issue, she spoke about struggling to juggle wellness, parenting and friendships. 

‘I’ve never had balance,’ confessed the actress, who made her big-screen debut at the age of five in Ken Russell’s Altered States. ‘I think balance is an elusive b**ch who has evaded me my entire life.’ 

Finding balance: Drew Barrymore spoke about struggling to juggle wellness, parenting and friendships during her interview in Health’s first-ever Change Issue, on sale December 18th

She continued: ‘I’m just ready to wrestle her to the ground and have an old-fashioned, hair-pulling girl fight with her. I’m the most wrecking-ball pendulum of extremes, with no pretty little middle.’  

At the moment, however, Barrymore joked she had balance ‘pinned down’ and said the past year has been ‘in a lot of ways, a really healthy year for’ her. 

‘Ironically, considering everything going on. I exercise, and I had already gained the weight everyone else talked about gaining—I had been doing that every year prior,’ she said of working toward a well-balanced life,’ the mother-of-two discussed.  

'I¿ve never had balance,' confessed the actress, who made her big-screen debut at the age of five in Ken Russell's Altered States. 'I think balance is an elusive b**ch who has evaded me my entire life' (pictured last October)

‘I’ve never had balance,’ confessed the actress, who made her big-screen debut at the age of five in Ken Russell’s Altered States. ‘I think balance is an elusive b**ch who has evaded me my entire life’ (pictured last October) 

As for fitness and nutrition, the 50 First Dates star said she is ‘not a straight arrow’ and will ‘never’ be the person who eats the ‘perfect food’ and works out ‘every day.’

‘Between my kids and work, I don’t have the time in life. But I realized that if I’m more consistent about it and carve out the time for it, it leads to a better life,’ she noted. 

Barrymore continued: ‘Before, it was all workout or none. And that really didn’t suit me. I had to prioritize it, but I will tell you, it is, like, third on my list. It probably should be first, but it’s, like, kids and work are probably rivals.’   

Before and after: The movie star shared a series of images and videos from her exercise sessions in February, which consist of barre, a type of workout that combines ballet with Pilates, yoga, dance and strength training

Before and after: The movie star shared a series of images and videos from her exercise sessions in February, which consist of barre, a type of workout that combines ballet with Pilates, yoga, dance and strength training

Over the years, she pointed out that exercising has jumped from ‘like, number 24 on’ her list of priorities to ‘fourth on the list.’

‘My friendships are third. But, hey, it’s in the top five—so that’s good,’ she said of her health. 

When asked about the importance of her friendships, she explained her girlfriends were her ‘first family.’ 

Over the years, she pointed out that exercising has jumped from 'like, number 24 on' her list of priorities to 'fourth on the list'

Over the years, she pointed out that exercising has jumped from ‘like, number 24 on’ her list of priorities to ‘fourth on the list’ 

‘My friendships really are gardens, and I cultivate them. I’ve been friends with all my friends, for, like, 20, 30, 40 years. I just want to be with my very real friends—and it’s hella fun, but it’s f***ing real, my relationships with my friends. Friendship is not frivolous; it’s important,’ she reflected. 

In her revealing interview, she also discussed whether she believes the events that took place in 2020, from the election and Black Lives Matter protests to COVID-19, will lead to or inspire change. 

‘No life escapes trauma, and the human experience is so complex—but I love the eye-opening that 2020 brought,’ Barrymore stated. ‘You thought you understood, but there’s something about 2020 that basically [feels like] a rebirth. That’s such a powerful thing.’ 

With so much going on in the world, she has worked hard to be transparent with her daughters eight-year-old Olive an Frankie, six, while also preserving their innocence; seen in 2017 with her youngest

With so much going on in the world, she has worked hard to be transparent with her daughters eight-year-old Olive an Frankie, six, while also preserving their innocence; seen in 2017 with her youngest 

With so much going on in the world, she has worked hard to be transparent with her daughters eight-year-old Olive an Frankie, six, while also preserving their innocence.

‘I am extremely honest, and I try to be honest in a way that doesn’t scare them. What I do not want to do is take my kids’ sense of security and safety away—that’s me robbing them of something by keeping them informed,’ she said. 

She revealed her little ones have marched in marches and ‘canvased’ her building to ‘get people to vote.’ 

Barrymore shares her girls with her ex-husband, Will Kopelman, who she wed in 2012 and divorced four years later.  

'I am extremely honest, and I try to be honest in a way that doesn¿t scare them. What I do not want to do is take my kids¿ sense of security and safety away¿that¿s me robbing them of something by keeping them informed,' she said

‘I am extremely honest, and I try to be honest in a way that doesn’t scare them. What I do not want to do is take my kids’ sense of security and safety away—that’s me robbing them of something by keeping them informed,’ she said


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