Drew Barrymore was allowed to smoke weed and drink alcohol at 9 but here's why her mom banned sugar!

'I snuck chocolate in the closet. All the other habits were out in the open but the sugar was an in-the-closet thing,' said Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore was allowed to smoke weed and drink alcohol at 9 but here's why her mom banned sugar!
Drew Barrymore said she had to sneak chocolates when her mother was not looking (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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THE HAMPTONS, NEW YORK: Drew Barrymore, notoriously known for her savage honesty, is back on her podcast with some comments on young ones who do not eat sugar. The 47-year-old actress who started her career almost 40 years ago keeps on reflecting on her tremendous journey in Hollywood and a career where she can boast a bunch of iconic films. This time, Drew has revealed that while her mother let her smoke weed and have alcohol, which she started at the age of nine, she was not allowed to have sugar which is common among child actors as they are supposed to maintain their weight.

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While talking to pal Rob Lowe on her new podcast Drew's News on Friday, September 16, the shocking revelation came when Lowe talked about children who were not allowed to have much sugar, which resonated with Drew's own battle with addiction. He said, "So when you are worried about your kids having too much desserts or too much sugar. I always knew there was trouble when a kid would come over and say, 'My parents don’t let me have sugar'. I knew I would find that kid huffing sugar. I just knew it. Beware of the kid who tells you his parents don’t let him have sugar. Keep an eye on that kid." The 'ET' star could relate to the statement and replied, "By the way you are so right, you are so right because my mom wouldn’t let me eat sugar. Studio 54 and weed and alcohol totally fine but don’t touch that sugar."

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Lowe said, "That makes perfect sense." Drew continues to throw more reality checks saying, "And I did, I snuck chocolate in the closet. All the other habits were out in the open but the sugar was an in-the-closet thing. Literally I would hide it in a box in my closet and just…" Drew has hardly kept her struggles of being a child actor private. Drew Barrymore became famous before she could understand the nature of her work. Kicking off her career as a model at the age of two, and becoming a sensation with 'ET' at just seven, she was stripped of a normal childhood.

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Drew Barrymore reflects on her addiction

Drew's battle with early addiction is no surprise. In an interview with Howard Stern, she opened up about the complexities of being a child star, and her own mother, Jadie Barrymore, admitted her to a psychiatric ward when she was only 13 years old as she needed to rectify some of her overwhelming habits. She said, "She created a monster, and she didn’t know what to do with the monster. This was her last gasp. And I was really out of control. And I forgive her for making this choice. She probably felt like she had nowhere to turn. And I'm sure she lived with a lot of guilt for years, about creating the monster but then I think she lived in a lot of pain that I also wouldn't talk to her for a long time."

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Reflecting on stardom at a premature age, she explained that she had a lot of resources at her disposal. She continued, "I was going to clubs and not going to school and stealing my mom's car and, you know, I was out of control. So, you know, sometimes it was as humorous as that and sometimes I was just so angry that I would go off and then I'd get thrown in the thing. I asked myself like why is this happening. And I thought, maybe you need the craziest form of structure because everything was so accessible available and screwed up in your world that maybe it's going to take something like this for you to kickstart the rest of your life." 

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