Drew Barrymore Blasted for Marrying a Teacher and Alleged Former Student on her Show

The Drew Barrymore Show is under fire for marrying a couple on-air that allegedly met when the bride was a 17-year-old student and the groom was her high school science teacher. 

Barrymore’s fledgling daytime talk show had good intentions when they surprised a couple who was forced to cancel their September nuptials due to the global pandemic, with a “fairy tale” wedding on the show.  

The couple certainly seemed like ideal candidates to receive such a gift. The bride Selina is a pediatric nurse who voluntarily moved from Connecticut to New York City in April to care for coronavirus patients on the frontline during the city’s initial outbreak, and groom Dan is high school physics teacher.  

Barrymore and sponsor Walmart+ worked with Dan and the couple’s family in secret to surprise Selina with a beach themed wedding that was performed on the show’s stage while the family watched on Zoom. When the show posted the videos to their YouTube channel, viewer backlash caused an unexpected controversy.   

In an introductory segment, Dan says he knew Selina “was special right from day one,” and she recalled that they “met in school several years ago in school through mutual friends,” and have been together for seven years.  

According to commenters, Dan knew Selina “was special” when she was a teenager, because the school they “met in” was actually the high school 29-year-old Dan taught at while Selina was his 17-year-old physics student.  

One viewer wrote, “they got together when they were teacher & student in high school, gotta love Shelton High.” Another posted, “graduated high school with Selina!!!! Also had Dan as a teacher!” 

Clearly producers of the daytime show should work on their vetting process. Take a look at the videos below:

 

 

 

 

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Kickaha13
Kickaha13
1 month ago

Was he 29 when they met 7 years ago or is he 29 now? If he was 22 when she was 17, the age difference is not that big of a concern, but he started dating her while she was still a high school student raises ethical questions.

Willie
Willie
1 month ago
Reply to  Kickaha13

He was a 29 year old child molester. It is not OK for 29 year old man who has the power of a teacher over a student to “date” her. I knew a girl in high school who was groomed and abused by her 30 something drama teacher when she was 17. She hasn’t gotten over it even after 50 years. The guilt and shame has never left her.

Wobbet
Wobbet
1 month ago
Reply to  Willie

Bullshit. Happened to me only in reverse. I never felt guilty or ashamed. Now I’m 83 and the teacher has been dead for 25 years.

Bernie 99
Bernie 99
1 month ago

Gonna’ need more information on this one. If nothing happened until she was out of school and of age then who cares? If he was boffing an underage student then he should still be in jail.

Michael Biggs
Michael Biggs
1 month ago

Who cares what the age difference is, they are adults, if something happened when they were teacher/student then I could see an issue, but that situation no longer exists and they are now 2 consenting adults and this is America. The only issue I see in this, is how there are to many people who feel the need to poke their noses in business that does not really concern them, and the general public as a whole, needs to learn to differentiate the real world from reality television. I think its time the people of this country put the pasts behind them and just grow up,, and if that is not possible, then there are many out there that need to learn the history better and remember we are not born entitled in this country.

Von Druid
Von Druid
1 month ago

I first met my husband when I was 17 and he was 27, we got married when I turned 18. We have been married for almost 40 yrs now, people should just stay out of others peoples business.

Kathleen
Kathleen
1 month ago

Well hopefully they were just friends till she graduated from high school. Then. Well my husband is 11 years older than I and we have been together for 40 years. And if they were together for 7 years already then the relationship was real not just a fling

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