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Gwyneth Paltrow: Chris Martin And I “Worked F*cking Hard To Get To This Point”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Chris Martin Breakup Marie Claire

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Gwyneth Paltrow Chris Martin Breakup Marie Claire

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Gwyneth Paltrow opens up in Marie Claire about why she and Chris Martin separated after 10 years of marriage and how they’ve managed to stay such close friends after their split. The actress notes in the magazine’s February issue that she and Martin are now enjoying the relationship that they were “meant to have.”

“There was nothing dramatic or anything,” she says of their breakup. “I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore, and I really had the sense that I wasn’t allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall.”

Paltrow announced her “conscious uncoupling” from Martin with a statement she posted to her lifestyle website Goop in March 2014. Although they continue to spend large amounts of time together as they co-parent their children Apple and Moses, the actress says they are better off as friends. “We’ve worked really f*cking hard to get to [this] point,” says Paltrow. “But we’re very, very close, and it’s so nice. I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have.”

Paltrow also discusses what it’s like to be a being a working mom and a female entrepreneur. “I think we are all genuinely doing our best, it’s hard to have children and a career, and all some women seem to do is judge other women’s choices,” she says. “I find that demoralizing and unhelpful. Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation? I don’t see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion.”

The Mortdecai star says there is no need for female journalists to be pitting her against other women. “I know what I want to do, and I’m going to do it,” she says. “I don’t care so much about the men, but I wish that women were slightly more understanding of other women. A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There’s room for everybody.”

As for which sex is more productive, Paltrow notes, “I’m in meetings with investment bankers, VC firms, private equity firms — you name it, across the board, men. Women in 30 minutes can get more accomplished than men in two hours.” What do you think of Patlrow’s comments?

 


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