Drew Barrymore says she hasn't had an 'intimate relationship' in six years
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Drew Barrymore has opened up about her love life and how her perception of sex has changed in a new blog post.
The single mum-of-two said she hasn’t been in an intimate relationship since 2016 after she separated from her ex Will Kopelman.
The 47-year-old talk show host wrote: "I am just in a completely different place in my life and maybe in the near future I will get into a relationship… but it simply hasn't been my priority.
"So I'm not a person who needs sex and has to go out there and engage with people on that level.
"I am someone who is deeply committed to fostering how young girls, my daughters, and myself as a woman, are supposed to function in this world!"
The Charlie’s Angels star added that getting into a relationship quickly didn’t work for her and she felt the need to remain celibate. "A relationship with a man has not been top of mind for me for a very long time,” she said. “Some people can get out of a marriage or relationship and in the near future find themselves in another relationship.
"There is nothing wrong with that! Not one bit. I do not judge! I celebrate their journey! Because for some people that really works.
"It didn't work for me. I needed to stay very celibate and honouring 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."
Drew shares daughters Olive Barrymore Kopelman, 10 and Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, eight, with her ex-husband Will, 44.
Drew’s perception of intimacy has also shifting after her separation. "After two kids and a separation from their father that has made me cautious, I have had the pleasure of shifting my focus when it comes to love for myself and my two daughters," she added in the blog post.
"I know that does not include a man nor has it for a while.
"I've come to realise through working in therapy (with Barry), he said something and I had to write it down. He said, 'Sex is not love! It is the expression of love.'
"I have searched my whole life to have words like that to help me understand the difference and now, thanks to him, I do."
She went on: "So for the record, I do not hate sex! I have just finally come to the epiphany that love and sex are simply not the same thing."
Last month, the He’s Just Not That Into You actor said she can go years without having sex during a discussion about Andrew Garfield on her show.
Let us explain. During a September episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, the Spider-Man: No Way Home actor said he went celibate for six months to help him prepare for the role of a priest.
"I was like, 'Yeah, so?'" Drew said, apparently unimpressed.
Barrymore asked her audience: "What's wrong with me that six months doesn't seem like a very long time?"