Gwyneth Paltrow Learned A Lot During Her Divorce

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Gwyneth Paltrow is a very public persona. She is not only a high-profile celebrity and the founder of a famous (if deeply controversial) lifestyle brand known as Goop, but she's also very honest and open about her glamorous life, as well as the day-to-day struggles she often faces-- even as a wealthy and successful media figure. This includes her high-profile divorce to rock musician Chris Martin, with whom she shares two children. Here's what the actress said on her podcast, talking about her much-publicized personal life, the dissolve of her marriage and what she learned from divorce.

I think I've learned so much through this process. I think, sometimes, especially when I look back at some of my most vulnerable moments, I was super earnest and sometimes that's just cringe-worthy. Where you're like, 'Oh, why did I do that?' But this was a time when I was in a lot of pain.

The conversation came up during Gwyneth Paltrow's most recent episode of The Goop Podcast. The episode was meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Goop, although the topic of her broken marriage did ultimately come up. While the actress/lifestyle brand founder hasn't been shy about talking about her relationship dramas, she's now at a place where she's able to look back on the divorce and assess it. Specifically, Paltrow is now engaged to Brad Falchuk, the co-creator of Glee, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens. Paltrow is ready to begin marriage life anew, and with her new life coming together, she can firmly look back on her previous marriage from a more critical and examining lens.

Of course, this is not the first time Gwyneth Paltrow has gotten very candid about her divorce to Chris Martin. Last year, the actress talked openly about divorce and its aftermath in a revealing interview, discussing how the whole process eventually became "the most difficult thing" she ever did.

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 shit 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.

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were married in 2003 and they share two children together, 14-year-old Apple and 12-year-old Moses. They were legally divorced in 2016, although they were separated in 2014 after ten years of marriage. At the time, they described the separation as "conscious uncoupling." It was shortly after Martin and Paltrow separated that the actress began dating Brad Falchuk. The couple announced the engagement in January. The initial plan was to be married in a small and intimate wedding this month, although it's unclear if that's still the plan for the famous couple.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.