No regrets for Barrymore

Drew Barrymore's "unique" childhood has set her up for an "extraordinary life".

The 35-year-old actress - who rose to fame aged six when she starred in 'E.T.', and battled drink and drug problems from age 11 - admits her youth was a very "trying" time, but it isn't something she would ever change.

She told America's Elle magazine: "I was raised in unique and trying environments, but they were also amazing platforms for me to have an extraordinary life. Going through hell as a kid made me sensitive to what others in this world go through too."

Drew completed her first stint in rehab aged 13, and tried to kill herself a year later. She had a notoriously difficult relationship with her mother Ildiko Jaid, resulting in her choosing not to live with her when she left rehab for the second time aged 14. The pair became legally emancipated in 1991.

The pretty actress - who has been divorced twice over the years - is currently single, but admits she is in no rush to find the right man.

She explained: "If you're 35 and single and it's a choice, it feels fine. So I didn't settle with the wrong person yet. Big deal!"

Drew also claims she hasn't considered plastic surgery, because she has no worries about growing older and is just thankful to be alive.

She explained: "I don't want to be vain or fearful, and I don't think I'll do anything in terms of plastic surgery, but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there's no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you're lucky! The alternative is death."

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