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Drew Barrymore Says She’ll “Always Love” Ex-Boyfriend Justin Long During Tearful Reunion

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long proved you can stay friends with your exes during a recent emotional on-screen reunion.

The actor invited her ex-boyfriend to join her on Monday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show where they got deep about their past relationship and the love they will always have for one another. After a warm embrace, Barrymore wiped away a few tears, telling Long how “grateful” she is to have him in her life. “I will always love you so much. You were so important to me…I feel like we’ve been through so much together,” she said while choking back tears. The Going the Distance co-stars dated on and off from 2007 to 2010. Barrymore continued, “When we used to talk and FaceTime, I was always like, ‘You know, I’ve really grown up, Justin.’ I always wanted to prove to you what a different person I was than when we dated.”

Long called the talk show host “the best,” enthusing, “I love that we’ve maintained our love because I know from my end it will never go anywhere. I’ll love you always. I am glad that we are able to still have that. I mean that. I’ll always love you.” The pair then went on to reminisce about the “chaos” of their “hedonistic” and “immature” three-year relationship. “We would get together, we would break up,” Barrymore shared. “It was hella fun.” Long added, “Well, most hedonism is fun.”

Back in July, the actor also brought up her ex on the talk show during one of the “A Little Bit Extra” behind-the-scenes segments where she was chatting with comedian Mike Birbiglia. Barrymore said of Long at the time, “We dated for many years. I was very much in love with Justin. You know why? Because he’s funny. The sharpest wit. You want to know why he gets all the ladies? Well, there’s a few reasons, but the comedy is definitely [one of them]. He is one of the sharpest, wittiest [people]. He’s brilliant, and he’ll just knock your socks off with laughter.” Long has been dating actress Kate Bosworth since 2021.

And this isn’t the first previous relationship Barrymore has opened up about on her show this year. In January, she and guest Kate Hudson reminisced about their simultaneous relationships with Luke and Owen Wilson, respectively. Barrymore explained that she was seeing Luke in 1999, but “It was an open relationship. We were young!” She added that casually dating Luke back then was “so fun” because “when you’re young, it’s low stakes,” she explained. “We’re just having fun. We’re all playing, acting, hanging out. You’re not taking it all so seriously, and it was fun, and we had the best time!” That relationship is also how the talk show host and Hudson first became friends.

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