After three years of marriage, Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman have decided to go their separate ways. The actress confirmed the news in a statement, saying, "Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family." Drew adds that their two beautiful daughters - Olive, 3, and Frankie, who turns two on Apr. 22, will always be their number one priority. "Our children are our universe."
Before news broke of the split, the 41-year-old actress unveiled a new tattoo she got in honour of her girls on social media.
Speaking on divorce, Drew said, "Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on.”
Page Sixwas first to report the news, claiming that the couple has "been having some difficulties, but they remain close for the sake of their kids." Later, sources confirmed to People that Drew and Will have "had marriage issues for a while. There was tension over where to live." California-native Drew loves the west coast while her partner reportedly wanted to settle in New York.
The couple on their anniversary in June. 2015.
Drew and Will, an art consultant and son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman, met in 2011 before trying the knot in front of friends and family at their Montecito home in 2012. Drew has been married twice before, first to bartender Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and then to Canadian comedian Tom Green in 2001.
Showing no signs that there was trouble in paradise, the actress opened up to Us Weeklyin November about her relationship, citing trust and comprise as the keys to a happy union. "My husband and I compromise on a lot of things ... it's the little things that you can change that can make the relationship stronger. Compromise is about changing yourself for the better, it's an opportunity for you to become a more functional, better person," she said.
In recent years, Drew has been slowly withdrawing herself from her acting career in order to spend more time with her family and on her blossoming cosmetics brand, Flower Beauty. When Hello! Canada caught up with the star at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the actress admitted to us that “Film is not the centre of my universe anymore."