Drew Barrymore joins dating app and learns modern dating really is brutal

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Susan Devaney
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Actress Drew Barrymore shares her not-so-successful first attempt at dating after joining an app. 

Anyone who has ever joined a dating app knows how tough it can be out there. From ghosting to submarining, modern dating has coined a whole of host of terms for rejection. But you’d be forgiven for thinking that such dating brutality would only be directed at us mere mortals – not celebrities.

And Drew Barrymore has turned this assumption on its head by sharing her not-so-successful first attempt at dating after joining an app, and her honest revelation is something which we can all relate to.

During an interview with Ellen Degeneres, the 50 First Dates actress revealed that throughout her entire life she’s always wanted to go on a blind date.

“Ever since I was a teenager…I always fantasised about a blind date, which I had never and will never be able to have — on my side, at least,” Barrymore explained.

Of course being an über successful actress since she was a child (remember her role in E.T?) a blind date seems near impossible for her. Instead, Barrymore opted to give dating apps a go by signing up for the exclusive app, Raya after being inspired by fellow actress Amy Schumer’s success story.

“I heard Amy Schumer saying she met her boyfriend on there,” Barrymore explained. “So, I went on it - and no one responded.”

But as the narrator of the U.S version of First Dates knows all too well, finding the right person takes time and effort. And studies have shown that there’s a higher success rate of finding someone online rather than offline. So nevertheless, Barrymore persisted. 

“Then I texted with this one guy and I said, ‘Okay, sure, if you feel inclined to go for a drink, that’d be great. But zero pressure.’ Never, ever a response,” Barrymore explained.

And then it happened again.

“Another guy told her he could meet from 7 to 8 p.m. one night. ‘I’m like, Okay! So, I can’t do it tonight but I’m available every night this week’,” she recalled.

“It’s, like, as lame as it gets! He writes me back and he goes, ‘Uh, I’m gone for the holidays.’ And that was it,” Barrymore said, seeing the funny side to the situation.

But Barrymore decided dating via an app wasn’t for her and quit – or so she thought. Days later her third ex-husband Will Kopelman (the couple decided to split 18 months ago) called her out on her online dating profile.

“I was like, ‘How do you know? I was on it for four days! Five days!’,” Barrymore explained.

“He goes, ‘Because I just saw your profile. It came up on my phone.’ I go, ‘When?’ And he goes, ‘Like two days ago.’ ‘I was like, Motherf*****! I’m still on it! I’m still trying to get off the site!,” Barrymore said, laughing.

They’re fools, Barrymore. Fools.

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