Famous women on the power of being alone

Drew Barrymore reveals why she hasn't been in a relationship since 2016

Stars Insider

18/10/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Relationships

Drew Barrymore has been linked to a number of Hollywood heartthrobs in her past, but she's been single since 2016, and for good reason. In a recent blog post, the actress explained that since splitting from her ex-husband Will Kopelman, the father of her two daughters, she has “not been able to have an intimate relationship" but because she's learned important lessons.

“I have had the honor and a pleasure to actually work on myself and learn what parenting is, again something I was not exactly clear on growing up and I’ve had many learning curves thrown my way,” she wrote, adding that it's been a roller-coaster ride learning to raise her daughters, Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8, to be “empowered and to love themselves," though Barrymore later added, “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!”

And, frankly, she's just not that into sex right now. “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,” the talk show host wrote. “So I’m not a person who needs sex and has to go out there and engage with people on that level." She clarified that she does not “hate sex” but rather has “finally come to the epiphany that love and sex are simply not the same thing.”

Despite it being the 21st century, out-of-date ideas surrounding what women should be doing, and when, continue to slow them down. Successful women are still being asked why they haven’t settled down or when they’re going to have children instead of being questioned about their creative process or next career move—as if their relationship status is somehow representative of their value.

The truth is that being single holds a lot more merit than we’re conditioned to believe, and it can be life-changing when you decide to celebrate independence and self-care instead of fearing it. Check out what these incredibly successful women have to say about the power of being alone. Click on!

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