Drew Barrymore reveals her ‘biggest crush ever’, baby Olive, on People Mag cover

I think LaineyGossip called it – Drew Barrymore scored this week’s People Magazine cover with a big debut of baby Olive. These really are the first photos of Olive that I’ve seen – Drew has been keeping her nine-week-old baby under wraps. Drew memorably sold her wedding photos to People Magazine earlier this year too AND she gave them an official “engagement portrait” when Will Kopelman proposed. When did Drew become so… People Mag-friendly? She used to be much more of a hippie and anti-Establishment, but ever since she got with Koppelman, she’s been all about being all fancy and conservative and Establishment. Anyway…

Nine weeks after giving birth to her daughter Olive, Drew Barrymore is getting into the groove of being a new mom.

“I couldn’t eat or sleep for two weeks, I was just so nervous!” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story.

Starting a family with art consultant Will Kopelman, whom Barrymore married last June, has meant everything to the actress.

“I really wanted a wonderful traditional home for my kid,” she says. “Will comes from a strong family, he provides a strong family … For people who didn’t have the strongest families or traditional families, if you can create that, you can have a second chance. It just makes me so emotional because it’s like a miracle.”

Despite the overwhelming emotion of love, Barrymore, 37, says no one prepared her for the responsibility she’d feel after her daughter was born.

“You have the highest highs and yet you’re facing the biggest fear of, ‘How do I keep someone alive?’ ”

One of Barrymore and Kopelman’s favorite things? Singing “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain to get little Olive to smile. Says the actress: “It’s like the biggest crush I’ve ever had in my life!”

The actress tells People she gained almost 40 pounds during her pregnancy — five of which came the week before she gave birth. Nearly two weeks overdue, her attitude was, “All bets are off! I’ll have two cheeseburgers.” Now working out again to shed the weight, her motto is “impossible expectations are impossible.” She adds, “I’m the last person anyone should look at for workout tips. I don’t have them. I don’t care [laughs].”

For exclusive photos of the whole family, plus more from Barrymore’s emotional interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

[From People & Yahoo]

I like a good set of baby photos as much as the next person, but all of these “new mother” interviews are all starting to blend together for me. There’s just… nowhere to go. What do you say after someone says “It’s like the biggest crush I’ve ever had in my life”? When people say stuff like that to me, I’m like: “Oh. Okay. Um. Did you see ‘Lincoln’ yet? It was really good!” But I’m a childfree bitch, obviously.

Photos courtesy of People Magazine. Additional pics by WENN.

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  1. Nicolette says:

    Soooo cute! And yes, no love you have ever experienced compares to the one you have for your child/children. It’s unconditional and completely different from any other. Congrats Drew :)

  2. cmc says:

    Actually, I care way more about Drew Barrymore’s “baby joy” and motherhood than your traditional star. Why? Because she had such an awful, horrible upbringing and such a tumultuous and abusive relationship with her own mother. Like she said, the opportunity to create a new family- a happy, healthy one- is a huge thing for her. I’m legitimately really happy for her that this is her life now.

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    “Oh. Okay. Did you see Lincoln yet?”

    I literally just spit out my coffee!! Thank you Kaiser. That was hilarious.

  4. Mia 4S says:

    Motherhood as a selling point and baby pimping is becoming tired. Leave it to Hollywood to over expose and overuse! Yes the baby is cute, lovely, etc. But it is not news when a mother says “I love my baby, it’s the greatest thing ever!”. It’s assumed! Call me when one of them says it’s NOT the greatest thing ever. Then, it’s a news story.

    • j.eyre says:

      I am going to go one step further, Mia, because apparently I have not had enough coffee to make me nice today.

      When the celebrities gush about the overwhelming love they have for their kids is ALL you hear, if you do not have that depth of emotion yourself as soon as the thing pops out, you wonder if there is something wrong with you. And by wonder, I mean you have devastating anxiety that you are, at your core, a terrible person who should have never had a child.

      And to make it worse, when I mentioned this fact to anyone, all these “OMG I love my child unlike any love ever” moms all of a sudden fessed up to having similar feelings. I could have really used this information when I had the baby blues for the first three months and was questioning my entire existence.

      I love my children, I do. But I had it rough in the beginning and what made it worse was I thought I was alone in these feelings.

      • Miss Bennett says:

        I’m sorry you had such a rough time at first. Most moms feel this way at one time or another, the important thing is to know that it’s normal and to not feel guilty about it. On another note, I don’t think celebrities who share their baby joy mean to make anyone feel bad. Some, like Brook Shields actually share the rough times as well.

  5. Post-It's says:

    Another CF bitch chiming in. This is why I am having problems talking to my friends these days. They are all responsible parents and want to talk about their babies and I just want to talk about crazy Courtney Stodden and her crazy mom on Couples Therapy.

    • Valerie says:

      I am in the same boat! All my friends are either pregnant or already have babies and I’m just like, ‘Sooo did u see Anne Hathaway flashed her cash-and-prizes the other day?’ They don’t care.

      • Mira says:

        Love the name, Post-it’s. Why didn’t I think of it? Hmmm…count me in. All my girlfriends have babies and we are all settled in different parts of the world. The group emails are all about their babies. I’m the only one who has nothing to contribute to the conversation and nothing about my grad school life would interest them. More than them not being interested, I’m always at loss to pitch in something completely different and take the conversation in a different direction. For the first time, I feel disconnected from the very group I grew up with. I got off facebook two years ago for the very reason. Everyone’s posting baby pictures and sharing baby tips, and I’m the smug bitch who looks out for people to talk to about what’s happening in Egypt and breaking my head over the release date of The Master.

    • Belle says:

      I can understand how this would be frustrating…. and I have nothing very helpful to add. Just wanted to post that it makes perfect sense that all of the motherhood/baby stuff would get old if you aren’t in that ‘mode’.

      Unfortunately, when you ARE in that mode, your life tends to revolve around it(; For what it’s worth… As my girls have gotten older, my world still revolves around them, but I don’t blab about them quite as much, and I manage to find time for other things too (like visiting celebitchy…lol). But the pregnancy/baby stage… it’s like you are in a bubble and couldn’t get out even if you wanted to!

    • Agnes says:

      i totally hear you. i used to get so annoyed at my friends who had kids. and now that i have a three month-old, i have to say, it’s an overwhelming experience. it’s difficult, if not impossible, to think or talk about anything else but THE BABY. i was completely unprepared for that, and god knows i didn’t want to become one of “those” people. it just happens to you. you become totally focused on your little nugget, even sleeping and eating become secondary. i blame biology. :)

    • BeesKnees says:

      It’s funny you say that, because sometimes I can’t wait to hang out with my friends who aren’t moms so the conversation can focus on pop culture and other fun stuff. I rarely talk about my daughter with my friends without kids because I talk about her enough with my mom friends. And when she was born, believe me, everyone asked me what it was like being a mom and of course I said it’s great I love it because I did. But honestly, I wanted to say this is not what I expected, I’m so tired, I’m worried I’m not doing anything right, breast feeding is a lot harder than I thought. I’d really love a celebrity new mom say something like that for once!

    • Happymom says:

      Well-I’m a mom of 4-and as much as I adore my kids-I always pick discussing celeb gossip over discussion about children. That said-new motherhood is pretty overwhelming-albeit great-and talking about it all the time at the start is typical.

    • lucy2 says:

      I hear ya – I sat through a long baby shower a few weeks ago and was the only CF bitch at our table, and they talked about NOTHING but their kids. Literally nothing else. And these aren’t brand new moms either. I know I probably just don’t get it, but after a while I was ready to start tossing out crazy topics to discuss other stuff too!

      • Becky1 says:

        Baby showers are tough when you don’t have kids. I like children and enjoy my friends’ kids and the kids in my family but I DREAD going to baby showers. I always feel like a barren freak. The conversation is all about baby stuff and if you aren’t a mother it’s really hard to participate.

  6. Brooklyn says:

    Gah! I love ya Kaiser ‘When people say stuff like that to me, I’m like: “Oh. Okay. Um. Did you see ‘Lincoln’ yet? It was really good!” But I’m a childfree bitch, obviously.’ Me tooooo.

    Or I’m over the moon. Or something equally over the top and annoying. I get it you love your kid. Good for you.

    I was wondering when people like her and Reece became so pap/media friendly. When your star dims people get desperate. She seems like the type to sort of morph into who ever she is dating. When she was with Tom Green she was all odd ball and goofy. When she was with that rock dude (Kristin Wiigs bf I forget his name) she was all hipster, rock, I hate the media and private. Now she is with this guy (who looks like the same dude Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson are engaged to, seriously I can’t tell them a part) she is all conservative and traditional.

    Wedding and baby people covers are so gauche to me now a days. What purpose does it serve? I doubt anyone is stalking her and staking out her house to take a picture of her baby. I forgot she had one. Lol. She’s cute I guess. Whatever.

    • Belle says:

      I think Drew had her share of struggles while growing up, and has gone through phases… which is actually quite normal. Just because she has reached a point where she married and had a child… and is now more conservative is hardly reason to bash her.

    • jaye says:

      Hasn’t Drew always been pretty media friendly, though? Not in a famewhorey kind of way, but in a “I’m an open book” kind of way. It seems like she got more closed off when she began her relationship with Kopelman. Maybe she got more, I don’t know, protective of her relationship because she was so open w/her previous relationships and they all imploded. But I never got the feeling that she was “anti-establishment” so much as she was this quirky, free spirit who wasn’t a pretentious hollywood type.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      Right! Well said Brooklyn. Goes something like…

      “Um. Okay. Did you see Lincoln yet?”
      “Uh, no. I’m too busy changing diapers and retrieving tiny socks that fall off ALL THE TIME! It’s so funny, just the other day, her sock fell off and we could not find it anywhere! So I turned to John and said…”

      Which is where I zone out.

    • Miss Bennett says:

      Brooklyn, people grow and change and their priorities change. Frankly, when you’re in a stable relationship and you have a child, listening to a single friend complain endlessly about their latest relationship or go on and on and on about their pet can get just as boring and tiresome as some gushing mommy. Loving and caring for a child or getting married has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal. Drew is still the same hippy she always was, but now she has responsibilities that make crazy behavior a liability not just to herself, but to people who depend on her. I’m happy she has been able to put her own sad childhood behind her and find happiness.

  7. Dani says:

    If anyone deserves to brag, and have a happy home life, it’s Drew. Growing up all I remember seeing is how messed up she was and how much she struggled. Very happy for her and wish her only the best.

  8. TQB says:

    Well, as a relatively new mom with some, ahem, figure issues, I can never hear “I don’t care” from another celeb mom often enough. Much prefer that to the endless chronicle of Jessica’s WW crap.

  9. marie says:

    cute little girl, but I never thought Drew would be one to sell her life. I thought we might eventaully catch a glimpse of the child but that would be about it..

  10. Sweet Dee says:

    Agreed, Kaiser. I’m done with these new mommy posts, it’ll save me some time and they’re all sort of coalescing into a big pile of cheese at this point for me.

    I’m sure it’s amazing, as every mother attests to, but it’s one of those things where it matters so so so so so much to the new parents and family, but it’s just words to me.

    Still, congrats to Drew. Love her.

  11. The Original Tiffany says:

    She must have really LOVED voicing Olive, the other Reindeer!

    Seriously, I have many CF friends and I love and respect both my friends and their choices, so please don’t shit on ours. It is true that you don’t think you can love something that much until the baby is born. It is called maternal instinct and thankfully most mothers have it. It is imprinted in place so that we will love and care for our offspring,please don’t blame mothers for that.

    You ought to be thankful someone felt that way and was willing to make huge sacrifices for YOU all to be here. All infant’s features are put together in such a way as to rouse our caring instincts. Check it out, science is neat.

    • Kim says:

      She named her Olive because she read a 3 month old fetuse is the size of an olive.She talked about it on Ellen show

    • Kim says:

      She named her Olive because she read a 3 month old fetus is
      the size of an olive.She talked about it on Ellen show

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      Kim, it was a joke. Have you ever seen Olive? We have watched it a million times and Drew REALLY geeks out “in the making of Olive”, in the cutest sort of way.
      She loved that character so much, I could see her naming the baby after it.
      So, I made a joke.

      Also a three month fetus is NOT the size of an olive. That is hilarious! A three inch olive would be a whopper of an olive!
      Again, science! Cool.

    • Becky1 says:

      Speaking as someone who doesn’t have kids but would not identify herself as childfree (childfree implies that you are happy not to have children-my situation is complicated and not something that would be appropriate to go into on a celebrity website), I would never demean or pretend to fully understand maternal love/instincts. Although I can understand it to some degree from an intellectual perspective, just like most things you can’t fully understand it unless you’ve been there. Still, I’m sorry to say this, but these celebrity new Mom/newly married interviews are boring because they are almost always the same. I’m tired of celebrities using their new Mom (or newly married) status for publicity and/or money. I have so much more respect for those who marry or have kids and don’t feel the need to do magazine covers.

  12. Amanda says:

    Why would a mom refer to her newborn daughter as her crush? That just sounds a bit strange to me.

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      Because it is this overwhelming love bomb that hits you. It feels like instant love or a crush.

      Guys-really this is biology. You are FLOODED with hormones before and after birth, it makes you gushy, crazy and emotional.

      Hard to explain until you have been there. Damn, I feel like that when I get a new pet, let alone a baby. Seriously, every puppy or kitten or horse I get I feel like that about.

      • Samigirl says:


        I can’t even describe the love I have for my children. It’s overwhelming at times. It’s incredible really. You THINK you know what love is…and you realize that anything you’ve ever felt before pales in comparison to what you feel for your child. It’s amazing.

      • Amanda says:

        Well, I wouldn’t know because I don’t have kids yet.

      • Chatcat says:

        Unconditional love is a parent/child love. And I agree Tiff…it’s biology, the pregnancy and postpartum hormones are like nothing a woman experiences any other time in her life.

        And Amanda, I think that is exactly what Tiff and Sami are trying to convey, it can’t really be explained unless you “live” it…and some woman haven’t yet (like yourself) or may never and that is fine, but they are trying to explain in somewhat clear terms why women have such strong emotions and want to and need to express them to the world. Drew just has a bigger audience then most of us Mom’s~ ;)

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Defo bio. But let me tell you, and I am older without children, that when I cared for my mum (who passed in Feb) with her dementia and cancer, I often felt that I was her parent and wanted to burst with the love and protection I felt for her. So it can happen without children, NOT the same, but just as intense.

      • Chatcat says:

        BooBoo…sorry for the loss of your Mom. :( Like I said, there is love, all kinds of love…and then there is the love of parent & child~

      • Samigirl says:

        Oh, BooBoo, that is heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss :( But, you’re right. The instinctual protection, that is a part of it . And, Amanda, as OT said, it’s biology. Newbies have all these amazing pheromones that come out of the top of their head to make you love them. It’s not something they or you can help. Like chatcat said, it really is unexplainable until you experience it.

      • PoliteTeaSipper says:

        That doesn’t happen with all moms though. Some mothers honestly do not love their children. Source: abused by my mother for years.

      • Chatcat says:

        Yikes polite…I am sorry, no it does not happen with every single mother/child and I am sad to hear that it happened to you. If you are already a parent or you do become a parent, then I hope you experience what we are trying to portray firsthand between you and your child! :)

      • Samigirl says:

        Polite, you’re correct. I was abandoned by both my bio AND adopted mother, so I know how it feels sister. Perhaps I should have said “In MOST case,” or “hopefully.” Hugsies.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    In general I am not a fan of celebs putting their babies on magazine covers, but darn that photo is adorable.
    Drew is one I always root for. Given everything she went through, it’s amazing and wonderful to see her doing so well and happy. She’s really grown up.

  14. Gabriella says:

    I sing “Good Morning” to my boyfriend when I’m trying to coax him awake (I’m an earlier riser… and super lame, I’m realizing….)

  15. sunnyinseattle says:

    She is proof that your parents do not have to shape your entire life! Look how she was raised and where she is is now. This is because she was never a totally entitled Bitch and all around horrible human being. That is why she was able to overcome so much, I think. Lindsay Lohan, are you listening. This COULD have been you if you were a nice person! :-)

  16. vale says:

    I’ve put on some weight recently and my face looks as puffy as hers. (Is that puffy? I can’t think of the right word.) I’m younger so my neck is still looking smooth, but just to ask, when you lose weight you lose the face puffiness too, right?

  17. G says:

    I agree and felt the same way with my babies. I’m just happy she finally found happiness Olive is adorable. Congrats!

  18. Skipper says:

    I shouldn’t have clicked on this link because the article is boring and only one picture. I’m going to google babies and puppies now to ease my disappointment

  19. KellyinSeattle says:

    I love my son, but I don’t talk about him constantly around my friends, because I don’t want to make them crazy. My sister in law is the one who makes everyone look all her pictures of her four kids. I’d rather see Lincoln.

  20. Calimero says:

    I think I’m the only woman in the world who doesn’t find babies cute.. I feel nothing when I see one

  21. Jayna says:

    I’m over new mommy posts, too, because there’s been many from people I probably don’t care about anyway. Drew is different. I love her. She had an awful, awful childhood, overcame addictions. Not only stayed relevant in Hollywood workwise but began producing movies. She is a strong, independent, smart woman with a wonderful spirit. She never comes across fake. She is just genuinely a good, sweet person, not putting on for the media publicity. She’s in her mid thirties now experiencing this. How can you not be happy for her?

  22. mel2 says:

    I am so happy for her. I think she will be a great mom.

  23. Lindsey says:

    I’m glad Drew has found comfort and love and stability in her life, actually specifically because she’s had a shit family life growing up, this is her 3rd marriage I think and gosh, she had a really tumultuous childhood all around, but she came through. So I’m happy for her.

  24. anon says:

    Lets see you can be overloaded with the Kardashins or babies.. Your pick ..I’ll take the babies.. it’s a little purer don’t you think? Media pushes what they want us to see not the celebs. They call the last shots on all of this.

    Love them babies.. lol you know what the alternative is.

  25. Jordi says:

    I’m with Happymom; I have two girls under four, and half of my good pals have kids now, and half of them don’t. When I go out, I make a point to leave parenthood at home for a few hours, because I really can’t wait to hear how my friends are doing. I miss them, and a lot of them have heaps going on, and I love to cheer them on. When I get together with my parent friends, we talk about how both wonderful and frustrating it is. We love our kids more than anything, but man, can they be little assholes sometimes.

  26. Jordi says:

    And I LOVE Drew. I think she’s the bee’s knees.

  27. Maritza says:

    I’m happy for Drew and her husband.

  28. Simone says:

    She was never anti-establishment, she always a willing participant in the movie star press game.

  29. Anaya says:


    You’re right! I was going to something similar to what you said. This is how I once hoped Lindsay Lohan would ultimately turn out but sadly I don’t feel that Lilo’s life story will have a happy ending like Drew’s. Maybe I’m wrong about that because you just never know but I think now it’s highly unlikely that Lilo will make a complete turn around with her life and career.

    But anyway. I’m so happy for Drew. It’s so good to see her personally happy as well as successful and respected within the industry. Way to go, Drew! :)

  30. normades says:

    Drew has never been a snob and just wants to share her joy imo. She also knows how to play the game, but don’t think that equates to all out baby pimping.

    There are a lot of celebs I could give 2 sh*ts about their kids, but Drew is my generation and I’m happy for her.

  31. B says:

    To be honest, I do like Drew, but I’m just beyond exhausted of these types of photo spreads, interviews, etc.

    I’m not saying this about Drew necessarily since she does strike me as genuine, but a lot of these celebrities have turned baby-making into a business and I find that really disgusting.

    I’m also tired of hearing all of these generic comments from every new mother who thinks that she discovered parenting. Obviously you’re happy about your baby and your family and friends probably are too, and that’s good for you, but the rest of us just don’t give a shit. I don’t mean that with any malice – I’m just being honest. Your baby is the center of your world, but it’s not the center of everyone else’s, and a lot of people have a hard time seeing that.

    A lot of these ‘new mom’ things also get into the territory of implying that your life is incomplete without a baby and I take great issue with that.

  32. Ginger says:

    LOVE Drew! I’m so happy for her. What a gorgeous baby girl!

  33. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Cute baby. And at least Drew didn’t wait until she starved herself down to a size 0 before giving an interview and prattling on about how breastfeeding made the weight magically fall off.

    I cut some slack for celebs who show off pictures of their babies on tabloids. It’s the same thing normal people do on Faceboook, only celebs have a wider audience to show off to. Now, if they make their kids act, sing, perform, or design clothing, then it crosses the line to pimping out.

  34. lady X says:

    LOL You would think that as time consuming as it is to be a Mother that you Mom’s would love to talk about anything other than kids… I am lucky as I have a ton of friends who are married with kids.. and a ton who are #teamnokids like me … I get you love your kids but you do not have to talk about them every second .. LOL … Or I also hate the same line every mom says after birth ” I am so in love” … or ” I have never known love like this” it gets old fast … I think it is a big reason a lot of marriages fail … because the Mother’s especially get overly involved with parenting and pay no attention to their marriage…
    baby Olive is cute and I like Drew

  35. Vera says:

    Baby Olive is adorable. Happy for Drew and her husband.