Gwyneth Paltrow stirred the Internet when she took to her lifestyle website, Goop, to announce she and husband Chris Martin were going to “consciously uncouple,” or, as everyone else calls it, split up. Some wondered if her statement was no better than a Facebook status update with many grappling what “conscious uncoupling” actually meant. The Oscar-winning “Shakespeare in Love” actress made people scratch their heads even more when she said that people with 9-5 jobs have it easier than her when it comes to parenting.
Before she announced her separation, the 41-year-old actress told E! News she had a rule about only filming one movie per year so she could spend more time with her kids, Apple, 9 and Moses, 7. She then went on to explain that it’s harder being a Hollywood mom than a 9-5 parent:
"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
The reactions on E! News’ website that followed her statement essentially described Patrow as someone who was pretentious and self-absorbed. The actress had a reputation of pompousness but it has become more palatable for many after her recent comments.
Her statement on Goop about her separation read: “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
The previous examples were just recent ones. But in the past, Paltrow has said things that didn’t sit well with everyone. Listed below is a compilation of things she’s said over the years, courtesy of Us Weekly.
"I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." – Elle UK, March 2009
"I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money; they talk about interesting things at dinner parties." – The Guardian, January 2006
"I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." – iTunes Festival, July 2011
"I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup." – New York Daily News, August 2005
"Apple says 'Mummy' instead of 'Mommy' -- I don't mind that. I will if she starts saying 'basil' and 'pasta' the English way, as that really drives me nuts." – Daily Star, February 2006
"Every woman can make time [to work out] -- every woman -- and you can do it with your baby in the room. There have been countless times where I've worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work." – Press Association, July 2010
"Taking care of yourself is being there for your kids, like how on a plane, they tell you to put on your oxygen mask first." – Self, May 2011
"When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some restaurant because they get a kickback, it's like, 'No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?'" – Elle, September 20
"Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, 'Another romantic comedy?' You see her in something like ‘Walk the Line’ and think, 'God, you're so great!' And then you think, 'Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?' But of course, it's for money and status." – The Guardian, January 2006
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