Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow covers the latest issue of The Edit and opens up about family life with ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and their two children — daughter Apple, 13, and son Moses, 11.
On co-parenting in peace: “I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable? What if I checked my own s–t at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship? What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
On their infamous phrase “consciously uncoupling”: “People are coming around. I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile. I’m always the person who gets s–t at first, but then later people say, ‘Hey, maybe that’s a good idea.’ I don’t mind.”
On her life: “I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way—huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss. And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f–k out of every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things.”
On why people love to hate on her: “It’s got a few layers to it. People were fine with me as an actress, but with Goop it was like, ‘Stay in your lane.’ Women in general get a lot of pushback, especially if you’re successful and attractive… I’m not saying I’m attractive. I mean when you’re considered attractive.”
On eating clean: “I can’t be on a cleanse all the time… I did one for seven weeks last year and it was awful. My first meal of the day is normally lunch; I keep it light on carbs so my energy levels don’t peak and valley through the day. At home, I loosen the reins: a glass of wine, maybe a baguette dripping in cheese, some fries. […] On vacation, I eat what I want—and there’s no exercising, either.”
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