Drew Barrymore can’t help but feel like a failure following her split from Will Kopelman.
“I put in my statement about divorce the word ‘failure’ because it’s so honest,” the 41-year-old actress revealed on the Tuesday, May 10 premiere of Chelsea Handler‘s new Netflix talk show, Chelsea.
Drew and Will in October 2015.
“Like, when you get divorced, you break up with somebody and you’re like, ‘Yeah, that didn’t work,’ and you get divorced, [but] when you get divorced you’re like, ‘I’m the biggest failure. This is the biggest failure.’ It’s so shameful and hard to actually go through that, even privately.”
Drew and Will — who married in June 2012 — announced their separation after nearly four years of marriage on April 2. “Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family,” the pair said in a joint statement at the time. “Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on.”
Drew with daughters Olive and Frankie in December 2014.
The E.T. star — who recently vowed to protect her daughters Olive, 3, and Frankie, 2, throughout her divorce — noted how grateful she is for all the support she’s received from her family and friends throughout this challenging time in her life.
“There has been this really nice feeling of something very fluid and positive and the opposite of how I felt inside,” she said. “Everyone has just been so cool and chill and nice about everything that it quelled my own fears and demons about how we sort of have to go through things in life.”