Drew Barrymore, mom 'can't be in each other's lives'

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USA TODAY - Drew Barrymore had a rocky upbringing. "Erratic" is the word she uses in a new Marie Claire interview. Drug addiction and rehab at 13. Suicide attempt at 14. Emancipation at 15. A Playboy cover at 19. She was a child star who struggled.

And now the sweet actress, mom and wife of art consultant Will Kopelman, 38, explains that things still aren't great when it comes to her own mother, Jaid Barrymore.

"Ugh, I mean, my relationship with my mom is so complicated that ... I've always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I had a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it. However, it hasn't enabled me to lessen the distance. It's the hardest subject in my life. I've never just been angry with her. I've always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can't really be in each other's lives at this point."

Some more highlights from the chat:

On her childhood and teenage years: "When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent. ... I was 14 when I moved into my own apartment. I was so scared. I didn't know anything. I didn't know you had to throw food out when it rotted in the fridge. I was convinced someone was going to crawl through my window. I would go to the Laundromat and sit there reading Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath."

On growing up without a family and her loyalty to her friends, including Cameron Diaz: "I hated growing up alone. I hated it ..."

On marrying into the Kopelman family: "I didn't think I would ever get to experience that. This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. And that's what I want for my family."

On the modern world: "I'm so weary of the modern world. I'm not really of this era, so I'm struggling with that. ... I don't want to talk about sex anymore. I used to be so open. But now people are like, 'Let's explore our sexuality!' And I'm like, 'Let's not!' I'm such a prude these days."

On baby #3? "I think I'd like to have more. In the back of my head, I'm already timing if I was to have another when that would occur."

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