Drew Barrymore has always spoken openly about her roller coaster existence in one of Hollywood's most famous families. When she phoned home in E.T. at the young age of just 7 years old, never did we expect that only a few years later, the little girl would encounter a devastating period of substance abuse and rebellion, battling cocaine and alcohol abuse at 14.
Many years later, and Drew Barrymore had combated her personal demons, leaving her troubled days behind to focus on her career and family. Yet, honest as ever, that hasn't stopped her looking back on her past and penning a collection of autobiographical essays, titled 'Wildflower.'
As well as documenting the severe highs and lows of her teenage years, it is Drew's words on her complex relationship with her mom, Jaid Barrymore, that has really got people talking. Notoriously, this was the woman who was known for dragging her young daughter along with her to drug-fueled parties at Studio 54 when she was just 7 years old.
At the age of 15, Drew was granted emancipation from her mother following a long and hard legal battle.
"I still support her"
Yet today, despite having not spoken properly for over 25 years, Drew has revealed that she continues to financially support the woman who gave her "zero protection, zero consistency."
Despite the fact that she still has little contact with the woman who brought her into the world, the actress is still thankful for how her parents have shaped her into the person she has become. Writing in 'Wildflower,' she says:
“It is not who I am to harbor any anger for the fact that our life together was so incredibly unorthodox. I want only to say thank you to her, because I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there.”
"It would crush me to know she was in need anywhere"
"I still support her -- I must know that she is taken care of or I simply cannot function. I am grateful to this woman for bringing me into this world, and it would crush me to know she was in need anywhere."
It's credit to Drew's spirit and kindness that she has the ability to forgive. Any young person who had gone through such a turbulent period of emotional abuse would crumble at the thought of coming head-to-head with a difficult past -- especially one that has to do with neglectful parents. Yet, today, Drew only looks to the future.
"We have have had quite a road, but it is paved with gratitude"
And only two days ago, the actress posted this touching tribute to her emancipated mother:
She captioned the image with these words:
"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. #amazingwomenweek #wildflowerbook"
Drew has definitely had a wild ride and it's certainly a triumph that, unlike many child stars before her, she has been able to rise above her troubled past, maintain her sobriety and develop her Hollywood career. And the best part is -- she has pledged to remain as honest about her experiences as ever, partly to ensure her two daughters are spared the difficult upbringing that she had. Speaking to People magazine, she recently said:
"I do think I have a responsibility to tell my daughters why I feel the way I feel about things, why I've become this person, how I became the person I am. The truth and nothing but the truth."