Gwyneth Paltrow Covers Marie Claire, Talks Chris Martin Split

January 2, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow graces the cover of Marie Claire magazine and talks about her much publicized split from Chris Martin after many years of marriage and how the former couple now strive to be amicable in their separation. She also spoke about criticism of her entrepreneurial endeavors and more.

The 42-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow is back in the news for a movie role this time around, as she co-stars with Johnny Depp in the much anticipated movie Mortdecai, an action-comedy based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s The Mortdecai Trilogy.

But even being part of such a high-profile movie has not served to overshadow her recent notoriety for other reasons. These past several months she has been continually in the public eye less for film roles and more for her personal life. At least insofar as it’s played out in public.

Thus along with the luminous photo spread in Marie Claire as well as the captivating cover image, the magazine interview served a dual purpose offering her a chance to again speak out about the split.

She and her husband, the 37-year-old Chris Martin, frontman of the rock band Coldplay, announced their separation on their own terms, saying they had “conscious uncoupled.” In so doing they found themselves subjects of derision and mockery. Yet at the same time, their announcement did open an important and necessary dialogue about separation and divorce, especially when young children are involved and thus, there is the added challenge of co-parenting.

So naturally this was a topic Paltrow did not leave unaddressed. She said of the split, “There was nothing dramatic or anything. 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.”

She went on to speak about the status of the relationship now, saying, “We’ve worked really f—ing hard to get to [this] point. 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 has also had much success off screen as an entrepreneur, with the success of her lifestyle and health Web site Goop and newsletter. While the success is undeniable, so too is the controversy, and thus she took the opportunity to speak out about detractors.

She said, “I know what I want to do, and I’m going to do it. 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.”

She makes a good point as we have seen this narrative play out time and time again, as the media attempts to create rivalries among women where they do not exist.

You can see more excerpts of Gwyneth Paltrow’s interview along with the cover photo here.


Pictures: PR Photos

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