Drew Barrymore Supports Girlfriend Britney Spears After Her New Single With Elton John Is Released


Drew Barrymore celebrates the release of Britney Spears’ new song with Elton John. (Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage)

Drew Barrymore applauds Britney Spears.

The Drew Barrymore Show host, 47, took to Instagram on Saturday to celebrate “Hold Me Closer,” Spears’ new collaboration with Elton John, when it hit number one on the charts. The song marks the first time Spears has recorded new music since her 2016 studio album Gloryand since her 13-year conservatory ended last year.

In a video showing Barrymore curled up on the couch in a casual T-shirt and no makeup, the 50 first dates actress leans on her arm and smiles while listening to the song, as if she is almost crying tears of joy.

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“‘Hold Me Closer’ is out today and is already number 1 in 33 countries!!” Barrymore captioned her video, along with a heart emoji and tags for both Spears and John.

In the comments, actress Selma Blair also shared her excitement about the new song, writing, “Makes me the happiest. Beautiful.”

While Spears – who previously called Barrymore one of the most “beautiful” stars she’d ever met in a social media post in April – deleted her Instagram account, she did open up on Twitter about the new release.

“Okie dokie… my first song in 6 years!!!!” she posted. “It’s damn cool that I’m singing with one of the most classic men of our time…@eltonofficial!!!! I’m kinda overwhelmed…it’s a big deal for me!!! I meditate more and learn my space is valuable and precious!!!”

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Barrymore previously honored Spears after the pop star’s wedding in June, which she attended. Drawing from her beloved 1998 film Even after to honor Spears, Barrymore shared how inspired she was by the singer’s journey.

“What I Learned From Even after is that we have to save ourselves and still want the fairy tale,” wrote Barrymore, alongside a series of photos of herself, Spears and Selena Gomez celebrating at the reception. “And that’s exactly what Britney did! I couldn’t be happier for her fearless journey!!!!!!!”

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Last month, Barrymore spoke to: Variety about how much she relates to Spears and her desire to have her on her talk show after her release from her highly controversial conservatory.

“We can have a unique conversation,” explains Barrymore, who was adopted by her mother, Jade Barrymore, as a teenager. “Not many have publicly lost our freedom, had collapses in front of everyone, turned punchlines and fought our way back.”

Barrymore is no stranger to sending Spears “personal videos”. She told earlier ET that she did this before Spears was released from her conservatory to “give encouragement and just tell her I think she’s the key to her freedom.”


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