Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and Goop entrepreneur, is opening up about the strange trip her life has taken since she diverted her attention from acting. In a new interview, Paltrow talks about the criticism the media has heaped upon her in the years since she launched her first blog, including the whirlwind of ridicule she and ex-husband Chris Martin have received for coining their “conscious uncoupling” term. In her own words, Gwyneth discusses her failures, admitting that not everything has worked out to her advantage, and sharing how she’s used those mistakes to ensure other successes. In short, Gwyneth Paltrow is unapologetic, because everything has led her to a lifetime of happiness and success.
Goop Founder Gwyneth Paltrow Proudly Admits She’s “Ruthless”
According to RTE, Gwyneth is detailing the ups and downs of her own life in the face of an uprising of negative opinions about the actress-turned-entrepreneur. Whether her followers are commenting on her personal life and her divorce from Chris Martin or her Goop business ventures and lifestyle advice, it seems there’s often more criticism than Gwyneth has ever anticipated. Though she’s confused by the considerable amount of hate launched in her direction, the Goop founder says she does understand some of it.
After all, no one is perfect and Ms. Paltrow freely admits she’s made her own share of mistakes. She says she’s been fortunate enough to experience some truly tremendous successes and joys, but adds that the pain and loss in her life has been just as monumental.
“And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f*** out of every opportunity,” says Gwyneth.
Paltrow adds that none of her mistakes and failures have been written off or dwelled upon in a state of futility. Instead, the Goop lifestyle guru has used those failures to launch new ideas and new ventures that ultimately led to even greater successes.
“I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things,” says Ms. Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow Gives The Final Word On The Popularity Of “Conscious Uncoupling”
Gwyneth has admitted that perhaps the term “conscious uncoupling” wasn’t the best way to describe her split from Chris Martin back in 2014, but, as NME reports, the Goop blogger never expected the phrase to draw so much attention from the public. At the time, Paltrow and Martin issued a joint statement detailing the need to permanently separate and sharing their heartbreak over the realization that their romantic relationship was over.
“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,” read the controversial portion of the statement.
Gwyneth in particular was criticized for the phrase, with the public and the media ridiculing the actress for the phrase that has now become a part of American colloquialism. Since 2014, however, the “conscious uncoupling” phrase has become an acceptable term for more former couples.
“People are coming around. I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile,” Ms. Paltrow says. “I’m always the person who gets s**t at first, but then later people say, ‘Hey, maybe that’s a good idea.’ I don’t mind.”
The Goop founder adds that her divorce from Chris was “incredibly painful” and that she was looking for a way to put a positive spin on the experience. Beyond coining that unique phrase, Gwyneth reveals that she changed her entire approach to the divorce.
First, the actress-turned-businesswoman decided to look inward, instead of looking to place blame at Martin’s feet. She recognized that there was plenty of blame to go around, but, at the end of that relationship, what really mattered was making their children feel as happy and safe as possible.
Paltrow adds that her focus shifted toward those things she still loved about Martin, which, in turn, helped her to be open to a platonic friendship with her ex-husband.
“What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Goop’s Gwyneth Paltrow.
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