Drew Barrymore is opening up about her recent divorce from Will Kopelman — and sadly revealed the experience was her "worst nightmare."
"You know, it's interesting, I saw this article the other day written about me — and I never see articles written about me — and it was like, 'My Modern Family.' And I was like, 'I like that; that has a nice ring to it,'" the 41-year-old actress said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Feb. 2.
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"[Divorce] was just like my worst nightmare," Drew continued. "I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience."
Drew and Will in October 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"And you know, it really is about the tone you set, and you can talk until you're blue in the face, but kids watch what you do every single day of your life, all day long, and that behavior and that example and that love and community and honesty is just, I think, what's making everything feel safe for my kids," she said.
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"And that's really the intention I had as a parent was, 'How do my kids have this incredible sense of freedom inside their heart?'" the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial star added.
Drew and Will — who works as an art consultant — tied the knot in June 2012 and are parents to two daughters, Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2. The couple announced their split in April 2016 and finalized their divorce after four years of marriage in August 2016.
Drew with Olive and Frankie in December 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Despite her separation from Will, Drew is still very close to her ex's parents and sister — and confessed having two families is now "a miracle and a blessing."
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"[My kids] know I've got them and their dad's got them and Grammy and Poppy... like their cousins and [Will's sister, Jill Kargman]," she said. "And we do it, you know, in a way that I think a lot of other people are probably doing it too. And sometimes again, the road is different than what you try to make it or what you expected and you just figure it out, and you figure it out with grace."
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