- Drew Barrymore spoke highly of her ex-husband Will Kopelman’s new wife, Alexandra Michler.
- However on Monday’s “Armchair Expert,” Barrymore said she does not try to be her “best friend.”
- “We’re finding our way in a beautiful, slow, respectful manner,” the actress said.
Drew Barrymore had high praise for her ex-husband Will Kopelman’s new wife, Alexandra Michler.
“He just got remarried actually last week to this most amazing woman. This incredible woman Allie, and I just feel like I won the lottery with her. I really did,” Barrymore began.
“I feel like I’m lucky that there’s this new beautiful soul that came into our lives.”
Despite her admiration for the 33-year-old, who works as a director of fashion development at Vogue, Barrymore said she’s tried to respect the couple’s boundaries and give them their own “space.”
“She knows that I absolutely worship the ground she walks on, and I’m her biggest cheerleader,” Barrymore explained, adding that she does not “try to be her best friend.”
Barrymore and Kopelman, 43, got married in 2012 before divorcing four years later in 2016. They share two daughters— Olive, 9, and Frankie, 7 — and have worked to maintain a close family unit throughout their split.
Since the art consultant remarried Michler, Barrymore said she and her daughters have spent plenty of quality time with the couple, including a recent family outing to watch the Broadway musical “Hamilton” together in New York City. Olive and Frankie were also both flower girls at their father’s wedding.
“We hang out. We do dinners with all the kids’ birthdays. We might take a trip together. We’re finding our way in a beautiful, slow, respectful manner,” Barrymore added.
She continued, “I’m just so lucky because she came into Will’s life and got to know my daughters very well and very real, saw all the warts and all the hearts, and everything in between. Literally was like, ‘I choose you.’ It’s a miracle.”
After Barrymore and Kopelman decided to end their marriage, the actress told Shepard that she was initially “devastated.” The life she envisioned for her daughters always included a “together household,” so the divorce caused her to have a “true nervous breakdown.”
Barrymore said she struggled to cope with her and Kopelman’s failed marriage for years. They eventually adopted the mentality that, despite the divorce, “nothing is going to change” when it came to raising their children.
“I think Will and I did a kickass job of putting our kids first and showing solidarity,” Barrymore shared this statement.