Drew Barrymore Shares Touching Tribute to Her Mother: 'We Have Had Quite a Road'

by Alex Ungerman 6:30 PM PDT, October 27, 2015
Playing Drew Barrymore Shares Touching Tribute to Her Mother: 'We Have Had Quite a Road'

Drew Barrymore has a sweet memory of her mother, Jaid.

To commemorate the release of her new book, Wildflower, the 40-year-old actress posted the throwback picture on Instagram, writing, "Today I wrote a book. And as I thank and celebrate many women this week, I must say a huge thank you to my mother. As I say in the acknowledgments, 'thank you for my life. I am ever so pleased to be here!' We have had quite a road, but it is paved with gratitude."

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ET first met Drew in 1981 when she was just 6 years old. "I know a lot but I don't know a lot of grown-up stuff because I'm just in 2nd grade," she told us at the time. By age 15, Drew successfully petitioned for juvenile emancipation from her parents.

In January of this year, Drew admitted that her relationship with her mother has often been challenging.

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"I didn't really have parents, you know?" she admitted at the time. "And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it'll be the biggest asset to my adulthood."

"[I] look after her," Drew said about their relationship these days. "That is how I feel good about [our relationship]."

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Meanwhile, Drew has two children of her own, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months, with husband Will Kopelman. Last week, Drew opened up to People about her struggles with postpartum depression.

"I didn't have postpartum the first time [with Olive] so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great,'" she revealed. "The second time [with Frankie], I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand.' It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

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