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Justin Long Gushes Over Ex & “Dear Friend” Drew Barrymore, “I Don’t Think Love Disappears”

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Drew Barrymore and Justin Long ended their romance nearly 15 years ago, but she still holds a place in Justin’s heart.

The actors dated on and off for three years before calling it quits for good in 2010. However, they didn’t end on bad terms. The two remained friends and stayed in contact over the years.

Justin is now happily married to Blue Crush star Kate Bosworth, but while visiting the Dinner’s on Me podcast, he admitted that he truly loved Drew when they were together. And real love never goes away—It just changes.

“Unless there’s, like, some great offense, some criminal offense … I don’t think love disappears,” he told host Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Justin Long said he considers Drew Barrymore a genuine person and a “dear friend.” He visited her talk show in 2022 after not seeing her for a couple of years, and he said the connection was still there.

“When you’re with Drew, she is so hyper-present and loving,” Justin shared. “But it’s not a schtick — it’s not an act.”

“When I’m with her, there’s such a there’s such a familiarity that I swear to God, Jesse, I forgot … the public nature of [our interview],” he continued. “And then you kinda snap out of it, or people have a reaction in the audience and you’re reminded of like, ‘Oh, yeah … this is being filmed.’ And then it becomes a little strange.”

Justin Long’s Wife Respects His Friendship With Drew Barrymore

During Justin’s appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, the former couple admitted that they’d always love each other. The actor said that his wife “makes it easy” to keep his friendship with Drew because she’s a “loving” and “accepting” partner.

It wasn’t until after his apperance that he even considered how fans would react to his reunion with his old flame. Following the show, some people were rude and speculated that he broke Kate’s heart. But Kate respects the friendship, and he said “It was so not weird for her.”

Furthermore, Kate understands that Justin doesn’t want to harbor bad feelings for any of his exes.

“Sure, there’s a period of difficulty, but I don’t understand carrying that with you for the remainder of your life,” he noted. “I endeavor to be on only loving terms with [my exes] because things don’t work out, but you still spent good years and good times, and that I don’t understand.”

This story’s featured image is by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic.

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