Drew Barrymore has hit back at tabloids after a quote that she said in a New York Magazine profile was taken out of context.
In the original interview with the magazine, Drew opened up about her tumultuous childhood with her mother.
“All their mums are gone, and my mum’s not. And I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t have that luxury.’ But I cannot wait,” she told New York Magazine.
“I don’t want to live in a state where I wish for someone to be gone sooner than they’re meant to be so I can grow. I actually want her to be happy and thrive and be healthy. But I have to f***ing grow in spite of her being on this planet.”
Later on in the interview the actress shared her remorse for her harsh comments.
“I dared to say it, and I didn’t feel good,” she said.
“I do care. I’ll never not care. I don’t know if I’ve ever known how to fully guard, close off, not feel, build the wall up.”
The actress blamed “tabloids” for the quotes which claimed that she “cannot wait” for her mother, Jaid Barrymore, to die, and posted a furious response video to Instagram.
“To all you tabloids out there, you have been f**king with my life since I was 13 years old. I have never said that I wished my mother was dead,” she said.
“How dare you put those words in my mouth. I have been vulnerable and tried to figure out a very difficult, painful relationship while admitting it is difficult to do while a parent is alive and that, for those of us who have to figure that out in real time cannot wait… as in they cannot wait for the time, not that the parent is dead.”
“Don’t twist my words around or ever say that I wish my mother was dead,” she continued. “I have never said that. I never would. In fact, I go on to say that I wish that I never have to live an existence where I would wish that on someone, because that is sick.”
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The E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial actress has been open about her strained relationship with her mum who acted as her manager and took her to Hollywood parties as a child.
At 12-years-old the actress was in rehab for drugs and alcohol and then a year later her mum had put her in a psychiatric ward in California.
Drew also told the magazine that despite never fully reconciling with her mum, she doesn’t “blame” Jaid for the challenges in her life.
“I choose very consciously not to see my life as things that have been done to me,” she said.
“I want to see it as the things I did and chose to do. I’m not attracted to people who lay blame on others. I don’t find it sexy.”
This article first appeared on Over60.