Drew Barrymore got emotional as she revisited a mental health institution where she was admitted for 18 months when just a teenager.To mark Season 2 of her popular talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, the actress — who now resides in New York — took a t…
Drew Barrymore got emotional as she revisited a mental health institution where she was admitted for 18 months when just a teenager.
To mark Season 2 of her popular talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, the actress — who now resides in New York — took a tour of her old Los Angeles stomping ground. One of her stops? The Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for adolescents, where she was admitted by her mother at just 13 for 18 months.
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"I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me," the 46-year-old cried on camera. "They drove me here in the middle of the night and they walked me through those two doors, and when you go through those two doors you do not come out. And I was there for a year and a half."
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While the Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital is no longer operational, Barrymore said sitting outside the rundown facility all these decades later felt "empowering" and helped her realise how far she has come.
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"Life is so wonderful compared to what it was in this place. I can't even believe I actually get to be where I am now because when I was here I didn't see that, I thought I would be here forever," she cried.
"I never thought I was going to make it to somewhere better and I am just so happy with my life and I don't know if I would have the life I have if it wasn't for a place like this. So it was so important to come here today and just like honour this."
Barrymore explained she wanted to document the visit with her viewers because it's important to embrace where you came from.
"I think this is important for me to share with people because when they watch our show we have a very beautiful set and I get to dress in nice clothing and get my hair and makeup done and there is an elegance, hopefully, to the show," she said.
"But I will never lose sight of this part of my story and I have seen and been through things and they've helped me just recognise in all of us that we go through stuff."
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