SHE’S UN­LUCKY IN LOVE

Op­po­sites don’t at­tract — they fight. Drew Bar­ry­more’s nearly four-year mar­riage was al­ways doomed

In Touch (USA) - - Divorce news -

Not even her act­ing abil­ity could hide her pain. With a smile on her face, Drew Bar­ry­more tried to pre­tend noth­ing was wrong as she poured glasses of Bar­ry­more Wines’ newly re­leased rosé at the Peb­ble Beach Food & Wine Fes­ti­val in Carmel, Calif., on April 2. “She seemed dis­tracted and dis­tant,” says an eye­wit­ness, not­ing that Drew stayed for only about 20 min­utes. “She wasn’t act­ing like her­self.”

For good rea­son. Just one day ear­lier, Drew, 41, an­nounced that she and her hus­band, Will Kopel­man, 38, were end­ing their mar­riage after nearly four years. And while the news stunned Hol­ly­wood, mul­ti­ple sources tell In Touch that Drew dumped Will and their split had been years in the mak­ing. “Drew and Will had cre­ated this im­age that they were one big happy fam­ily, but it was all a pre­tense,” a fam­ily in­sider tells In Touch, re­veal­ing that the cou­ple — who are par­ents to daugh­ters Olive, 3, and Frankie, 23 months — have been liv­ing sep­a­rate lives for more than a year. A turn­ing point for Drew came in Fe­bru­ary 2015, when she turned 40. She took a trip to Hawaii and re­al­ized how un­happy she was. “In­side, she was cry­ing,” says the fam­ily in­sider. “She felt like she wasn’t in con­trol of her life any­more.” Things got worse quickly. “Drew be­gan con­tact­ing her at­tor­neys in the fall of 2015,” the fam­ily in­sider adds. “She tried to keep it to­gether for as long as she could, but their re­la­tion­ship was bro­ken be­yond re­pair.” They were doomed from the start. “Part of the prob­lem is that Drew and Will are to­tal op­po­sites. He’s very or­ga­nized and used to keep­ing a sched­ule, and Drew’s flighty, al­ways late and is truly a wild child at heart,” says the fam­ily in­sider. (A for­mer trou­bled child star, Drew spent her pre­teen years drink­ing and club­bing. By 15, she had al­ready been to re­hab and was liv­ing on her own.) At first, Drew was drawn to Will pre­cisely be­cause they are op­po­sites. “He [is] some­one who has this in­cred­i­ble blue­print of a fam­ily that I don’t have,” she said after they mar­ried in June 2012. “He was some­one who was al­ways reach­able on the phone.”

But their dif­fer­ences even­tu­ally got in the way. At an April 2015 event, an In Touch re­porter watched as the cou­ple bick­ered while their chil­dren played. “She re­ally wanted the mar­riage to work and gave up so much for him,” the fam­ily in­sider says of the ac­tress, who even put the brakes on her movie ca­reer right after get­ting mar­ried to fo­cus on her per­sonal life. “Be­cause she came from a bro­ken fam­ily, Drew tried so hard to play the de­voted wife role. She des­per­ately wanted that sense of fam­ily and sta­bil­ity, and for a while she thought she found that in Will.” But in 2014, she re­turned to the big screen with the Adam San­dler dud Blended. “At that point, she wanted to ramp up her ca­reer again and Will didn’t want her to,” says the fam­ily in­sider. “They fought bit­terly about it.” Adds a source close to Drew, “There was no in­fi­delity, noth­ing dra­matic like that. This has been go­ing on for a long time. They’ve been work­ing on their is­sues. In the end, they feel like, ‘This is a bum­mer. We tried.’”

They re­main on good terms. “They are still liv­ing to­gether,” says the source close to Drew. “They have places in NYC and in LA. Both are in LA right now, liv­ing in the same house.” They have a prenup, so there won’t be a bat­tle over their com­bined $135 mil­lion for­tune. ( Will’s fa­ther, Arie Kopel­man, is the for­mer COO of Chanel.) Says the fam­ily in­sider, “They want Frankie and Olive to feel as lit­tle ef­fect from their di­vorce as pos­si­ble. Their daugh­ters’ needs will for­ever come first.” ◼

JEREMY THOMAS In 1994, at age 19, Drew said “I do” to the LA bar owner — and filed for di­vorce less than two months later. TOM GREEN The ac­tress’ sec­ond (and weird­est!) mar­riage ended in 2001, when the of­fen­sive co­me­dian filed for di­vorce after five month

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