Gwyneth Paltrow opened up to Harper’s Bazar UK magazine which made her the cover girl for its February issue. The 42-year-old discussed her divorce, among other issues.
The Oscar winner discussed how falling in love with ex Chris Martin was in part a way of coping with grief at the loss of her father, producer Bruce Paltrow.
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She told Bazar, “I feel like I would have died somehow if I hadn’t met him at that time. I felt like I was going to die of grief. I remember waking up, on one particular night, where I felt like I was having a heart attack and I couldn’t breathe… I lay on the floor of my apartment in London and I thought, “I’m not going to survive this.” And he just picked me up and he was so loving and patient through all my grieving. He’s really great in a crisis. He has incredible empathy when it comes to somebody’s pain.”
Paltrow said that she and Martin have an ever better friendship now than when they were married. “Of course, there are times when I think it would have been better if we had stayed married, which is always what your children want. But we have been able to solidify this friendship, so that we’re really close.”
Paltrow, apparently, has found solace with her work at her website Goop. She finds companionship in working in a team and thinks that it is better than the loneliness of writing alone. “I like the companionship of working in a team; we’ve become a collective of women, which I love, ” she said.
The actress also said that this has taught her that women need to stop being so petty and nasty to one another and should work together more.
“Women really need to examine why they’re so vitriolic to other women; why they want to twist words, why they want to read about someone else in a negative light and why that feels good to them… But I also know a huge tribe of women who are loving and supportive of other women, in ways that are completely transformative, ” she said.