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Why Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman split after nearly four years of marriage

This June will have marked the fourth wedding anniversary of Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, but sadly the couple announced last week that they are divorcing. The pair, who have two daughters together, tried to work things out but were essentially heading in different directions.

"They wanted different things," a source told People. "Sometimes you want so badly to have what you didn't have and then when you get it, it's not exactly what you thought it would be."

A second source added that the Hollywood actress and her estranged husband Will, who is the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman, were very different people.


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"They wanted different things," said a source

"Will is very organized and disciplined about his life," the insider said. "Drew was always busy with her projects as well as being a good mum."

The pair tried to work through their issues for some time but ultimately decided to end their marriage. "This was not an overnight decision," the source added. "They both really wanted to make it work."

Speaking about the couple's differences, another insider told Us Weekly: "Will is this great guy from a stable family and everything [Drew] didn't have growing up, but it just wasn't making her happy."

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A source added: "This was not an overnight decision. They both really wanted to make it work"

The Miss You Already star has been putting on a brave face and even opened up about the advice she was given. Although she didn't reference her marital split directly, Drew told Pop Sugar: "I had a really hard time a couple of months ago and kind of knew life was heading in a new direction.

"I called someone that I really trust, respect, and believe in. I said, 'What's your advice?' And he said, 'You put one foot in front of the other.' I hung up the phone and I thought, 'That is why I call this person.'"

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Will and Drew have two daughters together

Drew, 41, has been divorced twice before. Her first husband was bar owner Jeremy Thomas, while her second was comedian Tom Green. Both of her marriages lasted one year.

The actress and her estranged husband Will released a joint statement last week, confirming: "Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family. Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on.

"Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority."

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