Drew Barrymore Addresses Rumors That She “Hates Sex”

"I have just finally come to the epiphany that love and sex are simply not the same thing."

Drew Barrymore is seriously regretting a comment she made on her show, and addresses it in a new blog post titled ‘Rebels Who Love.’

“The other day I walked into a workout class and this woman said ‘you look just like Drew Barrymore except for you look like you have mental wellness and besides… she hates sex,’” pens the talk show host. “I did not know what this woman was talking about.”

Barrymore says she finally traced it back to a comment she made on her CBS talk show The Drew Barrymore Show, referring to actor Andrew Garfield’s claim that he abstained from sex for 6 months for a movie role. The star quipped, “What’s wrong with me that six months doesn’t seem like a very long time?” Co-host Ross Matthews responded, “We buried the lead there, that’s the headline. Drew can go six months, no big deal.”

“Years,” she joked.

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Drew’s known for saying some outlandish things, but apparently people took this comment and ran with it. “At nearly 48, I have very different feelings about intimacy than I did growing up,” she writes in the October 16th post. “I did not have role model parents and I engaged with people in grown-up ways since a tender age! I was looking for companionship! validation! excitement! pleasure! hedonism! fun! And adventures!! Now, because I can’t get in the time machine and change my history. So I now choose to look at it through a positive lens, which is that I lived! I lived a very rich full life,” she laments.

“The Wedding Singer” actress goes on to explain that being a single mom raising two kids and talking it through in therapy taught her that she was looking for love in all the wrong places. “[My therapist] said, “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.”

Now, in order to quell the rumors, she’s setting the record straight.

“So for the record, I do not hate sex! I have just finally come to the epiphany that love and sex are simply not the same thing,” explains Barrymore.

“When you grow up and are in a marriage with kids and you think you’ll only be with this one person for the rest of your life and then that doesn’t happen? It rocked me to my core, to put it lightly,” she said, referring to now ex-husband Will Kopelman, whom she was married to for four years. “But I am lucky enough to have my cup runneth over in the love department: I have my two daughters, and for the first time ever in my life, I’m actually including self-love, too.”

We love that Drew has learned this important lesson from what she’s gone through in her life, and we can all relate to it. “I actually really appreciated what Billie Eilish talked about on “The Howard Stern Show” about how young girls should filter the images and messages of the current state of sex is in this modern world. Wow! Thank you for that. We need rebels who love to show us the way.”

Jené Luciani Sena
Jené Luciani Sena is an accredited journalist and internationally-renowned bestselling author, regularly seen on national TV outlets such as Access Daily, Today and Dr Oz. Touted as one of Woman’s World Magazine’s “Ultimate Experts,” she’s a TEDTalk speaker and a busy Mom of 4. Read more
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