Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her Divorce, Turning 40, & More in 'Red'
Here’s what the 43-year-old actress and businesswoman had to share with the mag:
On turning 40: “At 40, my life changed so much. I think every woman around that time gets this massive software upgrade. You’re just different. You’re upgraded. For me there were just a bunch of changes I had to make to really be true to myself and really live my happiness. And you have to be brave and make the choice to do that, to truly accept yourself and love yourself and really forgive yourself for your mis-steps. So it’s been a long interesting road to get to the place where I feel content and that I really know and like myself. I wish they could teach girls to do this when they are 16 instead of 40, but that’s part of life.”
On her divorce from Chris Martin: “I’m very lucky that I have such a willing partner in agreeing with, and teaching me, as much as I taught him. And bringing to me, as much as I brought to him, ideas about how to do it in a really gentle way, so it would be really gentle for Chris and myself because we loved each other very much. We still do love each other and we have these two beautiful children together. Time is an important part in it as well. We had broken up a year before we announced it, so we would have this time to work through everything.”
On moving from London to Los Angeles: “I’m busier than I was in London. The time difference [with the US] afforded me a lot of downtime and I entertained all the time. It’s also my kids’ ages, too. My daughter dances outside of school eight hours a week, so it’s a lot of shuttling back and forth; also taking Moses to karate and soccer and basketball. In London I used to take my time and plan out my meals. Now, it’s like, okay you’ve got half an hour, which is why I wrote this particular book. But I still entertain a lot on the weekends – having people round, lots of kids. Do I miss London? Not in January, can I say that? My hardest time was after the Christmas holiday until the February half term. You know what it’s like! There are a few major things that I miss. I felt so alive there and was in awe of the architecture and the history.”
The full interview appears in the June issue of Red. For further exclusive content, please go to www.redonline.co.uk/gwynethpaltrow.