Gwyneth Paltrow covers the latest issue of ES Magazine, which is the Evening Standard’s in-house magazine. Gwyneth has been on a promotional tear lately, which I’ve only recently realized is about her latest cookbook. I thought she was just giving interviews to shill for Goop and whatever Goop-adjacent pseudoscience she’s got going on. This ES Magazine interview is just a smug greatest-hits of all of Gwyneth’s enlightened family life stuff. She and Chris Martin are closer than ever, like it’s such big news that two rich white people in an open marriage could find a way to get a divorce without much drama, but only when Gwyneth had her jumpoff lined up (YES I SAID IT). Some highlights from the interview:
Her divorce with Chris Martin: “I think we’ve managed to really stay a family. Chris is a very close friend. I see him every day, I talk to him every day. It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody. I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.”
Skipping the bad part: “[The divorce] was very difficult, but I think you see in the children that they got through it, so I am proud of us, I really am. We kept to our commitment that we would put the children first.” She recalled her friends telling her “it was really hard because for the first two years my parents didn’t speak”, “it was awful for a while” and “my parents hated each other.” “I thought, ‘I would really love to skip that part.’ Those kids felt they were constantly betraying one parent by being with the other.”
On possibly having children with Brad Falchuk: “Good lord, no. I’m too old. It’s great that women are able to have babies late into their 40s, but … I mean, pfffff. I don’t think I could be up all night. I wouldn’t survive.”
Apple’s ‘naughty side’: “I’m looking at [Apple] through the lens of, “This is what she is supposed to be doing”. If you look at it like that, then you don’t freak out. You don’t judge them. You don’t shame them. You try to keep them on track and have good conversations. So far, so good.”
“I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.” Credit where credit is due, it’s good for Apple and Moses that Chris and Gwyneth found a way through and are closer than ever, and that she has no regrets about being married to him and having their kids. I find it more interesting that Gwyneth continues to shut down the possibility of having a kid with Brad. Granted, he’s already got kids from the marriage Gwyneth homewrecked. So maybe he doesn’t want any kids either. But it is unusual in this day and age.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, ES Magazine.