Who is Will Kopelman?
Will Kopelman is an American art consultant and actor, who is better known as the ex-husband of Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore, with whom he shares two daughters. He is also the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman. As a consultant, he has a high-profile client list which includes the likes of actors Zooey Deschanel, Robert Pattinson and Lake Bell. While he is not a fulltime actor, he has acted a couple of times in the past, namely in the 2000 film 'Intern' and in the 2006 straight-to-video musical film 'Friendly Fire', which also starred Carrie Fisher. He has also made a couple guest appearances on the show 'Entertainment Tonight' in 2016. He previously owned a 1,546 square-foot loft in West Hollywood which was named the 'Best Bachelor Pad' in Los Angeles by 'Elle Decor' magazine in 2007.
Rise to Stardom
According to 'People' magazine, Will Kopelman has earned a name for himself as an art advisor and boasts of clients from the entertainment industry, as well as billionaires from the Silicon Valley. 'US Magazine' reported that he had helped 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson in picking out suitable artworks from young up-and-coming artists to decorate his Los Angeles home. He also counts actresses Zooey Deschanel and Lake Bell, and singer Ben Gibbard from the 'Death Cab for Cutie' among his clients. However, it is his marriage to, and subsequent divorce from, actress Drew Barrymore that has kept him in the news throughout the last few years.
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Will Kopelman was born on July 7, 1978, in New York City, New York to former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman and his wife Coco. He graduated from Boston University in Massachusetts. He has a sister named Jill who is now a writer famous for 'Momzillas' and 'The Ex-Mrs. Hegefund'. Her sister attended the Manhattan private school, Spence, with actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, and went on to marry Harry Kargman, founder and CEO of Kargo. His grandfather had fought in the World War II and he wears the dog tags his grandfather used to wear while serving in the military. He is an avid snowboarder and also likes to practice aim at the shooting range.
In 2006, Will Kopelman briefly dated actress Lara Flynn Boyle, who is known for playing Donna Hayward on ABC's 'Twin Peaks'. He was involved in another short-lived relationship with actress and model Sarah Roemer, who played the lead role in 'Disturbia', from 2007 to 2009.
In 2010, he began dating actress and producer Drew Barrymore, whom he knew for the past four years. However, the couple soon hit a rough patch, but got back together in February 2011. They finally got engaged in December that year in Sun Valley, Idaho, and announced their engagement to the media in January 2012. The couple quickly tied the knot six months later on June 2, 2012 at her residence in Montecito, California. Their wedding photo was featured on the cover of 'People' magazine four days later. At the time, she was pregnant with their first daughter Olive, whom she gave birth to on September 26, 2012. The couple welcomed their second daughter Frankie Barrymore Kopelman on April 22, 2014. They lived together with the kids on the Upper East Side of New York City. However, on April 2, 2016, both Kopelman and Barrymore issued statements confirming that they had separated and were considering divorce. Barrymore filed for divorce on July 15, 2016, and the procedure was eventually finalized on August 3, 2016. Despite the split, they claim to be family and continue to co-parent the kids together.
Controversies & Scandals
While both Will Kopelman and Drew Barrymore had been in other relationships before, their separation has been in the talks ever since they decided to part ways. Drew Barrymore, who was twice married before and had been into several relationships in the past, had termed her third divorce as her "worst nightmare". According to her, she was looking forward to raising her daughters "in this ultratraditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience". However, according to insiders, the carefree and free-spirited actress, who had a troubled childhood and had been to the rehab twice before turning 20, could not fit into her new role. While she always craved for a family like the one she had got from Will and his parents, it still "wasn't making her happy". Some sources claim that the divorce happened because her hippy ways had started to become unbearable for Will. However, despite the split, they often spend holidays together, and she regularly praises him publicly for bringing stability to her daughters' lives. Their closeness has sparked rumors that they might be getting back together again, but no official comment has been made about the same.