Drew Barrymore went on a blind date that taught her a lot about herself.
On a recent edition of The Drew Barrymore Show, the actress said that she was matched up with four eligible guys on The Howard Stern Show earlier this week, finally choosing one as her best match.
Reconnecting with the man, Clarke Thorell, Barrymore, 47, revealed that the dating encounter had resulted in “revelations.”
“None of the gentlemen, including yourself, have kids,” she pointed out. I have only dated, in the last few years, men who don’t have children. I want it clean. I don’t want to engage. I don’t think anyone’s meeting my kids. I don’t know if this is going anywhere. I realized something yesterday, Clarke, which is that I might live on planet Parent. “
She explained that individuals who have children and those who do not have children live on “different planets,” adding, “I feel like I’ve never gone on a date with anyone who actually understands the thing that’s the most all-consuming part of me.”
Though Barrymore, who has two kids with ex-husband Will Kopelman, 8-year-old Frankie and 10-year-old Olive, recently opened up about using dating apps on an episode of her daytime talk program last month, she also revealed that she can spend “years” without sex.
The subject came up as Barrymore and Drew Barrymore Show contributor Ross Matthew was discussing Andrew Garfield’s six-month celibacy in preparation for his part in the 2016 picture, Silence.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Mathews said during the show, “Well, I got abstaining from sex— I did that my entire 20s.”
“I was like, ‘What’s wrong with me that six months doesn’t seem like a very long time?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, so?’ Barrymore continued.
In a blog post following the show, she wrote, “I’m sure there was a point in my life where six months might have seemed extreme, but I’m on the other side of that now,” and went on to explain that as an adult, she had “very different feelings about intimacy” than she did as a child.
She went on to explain that she “searched [her] whole life” to grasp the difference between sex and love, and that she had a revelation about it with her therapist, who informed her, “Sex is not love! It is the expression of love. “
“A relationship with a man has not been top of mind for me for a very long time,” Barrymore wrote. She added that she “needed to stay very celibate and honoring and in some sort of state of [mourning] of the loss of a nuclear family that I swore I would have for my daughters and to find grace and acceptance and what our new normal of a blended family would be.”