Drew Barrymore is dating again after staying single for six years following divorce

Drew Barrymore reveals she is dating again… after confessing she had not been in an ‘intimate relationship’ since her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman

Drew Barrymore revealed that she is dating again, six years after finalizing the end of her marriage to Will Kopelman, on Thursday’s episode of her daytime talk show.

Six years after her divorce, the Never Been Kissed star, 47, giddily opened up about her love life during a chat with While Goldberg.

‘The last time you were here, we both were single. You weren’t dating. Are you dating now?’ the actress asked, before gushing ‘I am.’

Giddy: Drew Barrymore revealed that she is dating again, six years after finalizing the end of her marriage to Will Kopelman, on Thursday's episode of her daytime talk show

Giddy: Drew Barrymore revealed that she is dating again, six years after finalizing the end of her marriage to Will Kopelman, on Thursday’s episode of her daytime talk show

She continued: ‘Because it had been so many years, I started to get a little worried, like I’m too good at being alone.’ 

Goldberg, who said she wasn’t interested in a serious relationship at the moment, advised Barrymore to start off with a casual relationship as she eases her way back into the dating scene.

‘Maybe a hit-and-run is a better way to go, for now, until you say to yourself, ‘Now I really want someone to just be part of this,’ the comedian advised. ‘Right now, that may not be what you’re looking for, which is probably why you’re doing fine.’  

Dating: Six years after her divorce , the Never Been Kissed star, 47, giddily opened up about her love life during a chat with While Goldberg

Dating: Six years after her divorce , the Never Been Kissed star, 47, giddily opened up about her love life during a chat with While Goldberg

The performer’s update comes less than two months after she admitted on her show that she had not been in an ‘intimate relationship’ since 2016.

Barrymore opened up about practicing abstinent as a single mom on her talk show’s blog and how her ‘view on sex has truly changed.’

‘At nearly 48 I have very different feelings about intimacy than I did growing up. I did not have role model parents and I engaged with people in grown up ways since a tender age!’ the Golden Globe winner explained. 

'The last time you were here, we both were single. You weren’t dating. Are you dating now?' the actress asked, before gushing 'I am'

‘The last time you were here, we both were single. You weren’t dating. Are you dating now?’ the actress asked, before gushing ‘I am’

In the past, she said she ‘was looking for companionship, validation. excitement, pleasure, hedonism, fun and adventure’ through intercourse. 

Since she doesn’t have a ‘time machine’ or way to ‘change’ her history, the mom-of-two said she chooses to ‘look at it through a positive lens.’ 

‘After two kids and a separation from their father that has made me cautious, I have had the pleasure of shifting my focus when it comes to love for myself and my two daughters,’ Barrymore continued. ‘I know that does not include a man nor has it for a while.’ 

Exciting: The performer's update on her dating life comes less than two months after she revealed on her show that she had not been in an 'intimate relationship' since 2016

Exciting: The performer’s update on her dating life comes less than two months after she revealed on her show that she had not been in an ‘intimate relationship’ since 2016

Open book: Barrymore opened up about practicing abstinent as a single mom on her talk show's blog and how her 'view on sex has truly changed'

Open book: Barrymore opened up about practicing abstinent as a single mom on her talk show’s blog and how her ‘view on sex has truly changed’

She then credited her therapist for telling her: ‘Sex is not love! It is the expression of love.’

‘I have searched my whole life to have words like that to help me understand the difference and now, thanks to him, I do,’ the star noted. ‘And since entering life as a single mom, I have not been able to have an intimate relationship.’

While she says she might ‘get into a relationship’ in the near future, she insisted it ‘simply hasn’t been’ her priority.

‘I’m not a person who needs sex and has to go out there and engage with people on that level,’ Barrymore stated. ‘I am someone who is deeply committed to fostering how young girls, my daughters, and myself as a woman, are supposed to function in this world!’

'At nearly 48 I have very different feelings about intimacy than I did growing up. I did not have role model parents and I engaged with people in grown up ways since a tender age!' the Golden Globe winner explained (seen with ex-husband Will Kopelman in 2015)

‘At nearly 48 I have very different feelings about intimacy than I did growing up. I did not have role model parents and I engaged with people in grown up ways since a tender age!’ the Golden Globe winner explained (seen with ex-husband Will Kopelman in 2015)

Additionally, she confessed that a ‘relationship with a man has not been top of mind for me for a very long time.’

‘Some people can get out of a marriage or relationship and in the near future find themselves in another relationship. There is nothing wrong with that! Not one bit. I do not judge! I celebrate their journey!’ she said.

For her, however, she said she ‘needed to stay very celibate’ as she mourned ‘the loss of a nuclear family’ that she ‘swore’ that she would have for her daughters.

She went on to conclude that she wishes when she was younger that she ‘had the chastity and the thoughtfulness’ about intimacy that she ahs a 48-year-old woman.

More evolved: In the past, she said she 'was looking for companionship, validation. excitement, pleasure, hedonism, fun and adventure' through intercourse; seen in 2014

More evolved: In the past, she said she ‘was looking for companionship, validation. excitement, pleasure, hedonism, fun and adventure’ through intercourse; seen in 2014

‘I wish I had been taught by my mother or my father or my friends that there is age appropriateness business and that there is a way to become a classy young woman!’ she added.

Still, she joked she is a ‘naughty monkey who is rebellious and weird and comedic and wacky and doesn’t judge others and really doesn’t want anyone highly involved’ in her choices.

Barrymore then set the record straight that she doesn’t ‘hate sex’ but had ‘the epiphany that love and sex are simply not the same thing’

Moving on: She said she 'needed to stay very celibate' while mourning 'the loss of a nuclear family' that she 'swore' that she would have for her daughters (pictured last year)

Moving on: She said she ‘needed to stay very celibate’ while mourning ‘the loss of a nuclear family’ that she ‘swore’ that she would have for her daughters (pictured last year)

In September she revealed on an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show that she could go ‘years’ without having sex after learning Andrew Garfield abstained for six months for his role in the film Silence.

Seemingly unimpressed with Andrew’s method acting practices, in preparation for his role as a priest in the Martin Scorsese flick, Drew said: ‘I was like, ‘Yeah, so?’ ‘

Ross then joked: ‘That’s the headline: ‘Drew can go six months, no big deal’.’

Struggles: Earlier this year, Drew broke down in tears while discussing the challenges of dating and being a single mom with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk on CBS Mornings

Struggles: Earlier this year, Drew broke down in tears while discussing the challenges of dating and being a single mom with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk on CBS Mornings

Earlier this year, Drew broke down in tears while discussing her dating life with Queer Eye star Bobby Berk on CBS Mornings. 

‘I don’t know how to date with kids,’ the mom-of-two revealed as her voice cracked and her eyes teared up.

‘I’m not there yet. I have two young girls and I’m like…I don’t want to bring people home,’ she went on as Berk held her hands.

The The FLOWER Beauty added: ‘I think it would take me a very long time to meet someone and get to know them before I could even ever introduce them to my daughters.’

After sharing the clip King asked Barrymore what made her so emotional during the segment.

Happier times: The actress shares daughters Olive, 9, and Frankie, 7, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, whom she was married to from 2012 to 2016

Happier times: The actress shares daughters Olive, 9, and Frankie, 7, with ex-husband Will Kopelman, whom she was married to from 2012 to 2016

‘I never said out loud that I don’t know how to date with kids,’ she replied, then went on to compare her dating process to that of her ex.

‘My kids’ dad is happily remarried with the most wonderful woman in the world, Allie. My children have this extraordinary stepmom. And our processes have been different, and their side of the street is so functional, and whole, and happening. And I think I’ve been on the sidelines in a beautiful honoring purgatory,’ she said.

In 2020, the Charlie’s Angels actress said she wasn’t ‘closed for business but hadn’t ‘exactly in that mentality for the past five years’ to date.

She was most recently wed to Will Kopelman from 2012 until 2016; they have two daughters – Olive, 10, and Frankie, eight.

The Guess model was also married to Tom Green (2001–2002),and Jeremy Thomas (1994–1995).

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