Wednesday 18 January 2017

Drew Barrymore confirms split with husband Will Kopelman

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Published 03/04/2016 | 08:03

Drew Barrymore and ex-husband Will Kopelman
Drew Barrymore and ex-husband Will Kopelman

Drew Barrymore has confirmed she is divorcing her husband Will Kopelman but they will continue to be "a family" for their daughters.

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The Charlie's Angels star and her partner of over three years were hit with split rumours on Friday and the former couple have now released a statement to confirm the speculation and insist they will be putting their two kids Olive and Frankie first.

"Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family," the pair told People.com. "Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on.

"Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority."

When pregnant DrewBarrymore wed art dealer Will Kopelman, she wore a Chanel dress, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. She also wore Chanel fine jewellery. Her choice was no doubt informed by the fact that her new father-in-law was the former CEO of Chanel.
When pregnant DrewBarrymore wed art dealer Will Kopelman, she wore a Chanel dress, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. She also wore Chanel fine jewellery. Her choice was no doubt informed by the fact that her new father-in-law was the former CEO of Chanel.

Drew, 41, began dating the art consultant in February, 2011, and they tied the knot at her estate in Montecito, California, estate in June, 2012. Their daughters Olive and Frankie are three and 23 months respectively.

The actress had told Us Weekly magazine in November that marriage requires a lot of comprise.

Drew had been dating her art dealer beau, Will Kopelman, for just a year, when he presented her with an engagement ring by Graff. The couple, who married in June, celebrated the arrival of their first daughter, Olive, in September.
Drew had been dating her art dealer beau, Will Kopelman, for just a year, when he presented her with an engagement ring by Graff. The couple, who married in June, celebrated the arrival of their first daughter, Olive, in September.

"My husband and I compromise on a lot of things...," she said. "It's the little things that you can change that can make a relationship stronger. Compromise is about changing yourself for the better. It's an opportunity for you to become a more functional, better person."

This was Drew's third marriage. She was married to bar owner Jeremy Thomas for just weeks in 1994, and comedian Tom Green filed for divorce months after they got hitched in July, 2001. The split was finalised in October, 2002.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Drew Barrymore (C) and husband Will Kopelman pose with designer Marc Jacobs backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 fashion show at The New York State Armory, 68 Lexington on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Drew Barrymore (C) and husband Will Kopelman pose with designer Marc Jacobs backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 fashion show at The New York State Armory, 68 Lexington on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

The actress made her first appearance post-split news on Saturday, when she attended the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event in support of her Barrymore Wines.

The Charlie's Angels star debuted a new rose at the event, and appeared to be in a happy mood as she greeted wine lovers and fans in the Grand Tasting Tent at the festival.

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