She spoke to the magazine about the end of her 10-year marriage to Chris Martin.
She told the magazine of their amicable split, “We’ve made a lot of mistakes, and we’ve had good days and bad days, but, I have to say, I’m proud of us for working through so much stuff together – and not blaming and shaming.”
She also revealed that she has doubts about the decision to end it. “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.” The couple remain friends and co-parent daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.
Gwyneth also told the magazine about her privileged upbringing. “I grew up with the benefit of a great education and a beautiful house, but my father always said ‘The day you leave, that’s it. You’re not getting anything.'” Adding that her father “stuck to it.” Explaining, “He was so hardcore about me making my own way. I’ve earned everything myself, and I’ve never taken any money from anyone, my father really pounded that into me, so I got the message.”
The Oscar winner also talked about some women’s lack of support for other women. “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 continues of female empowerment, “I think we are a generation of women who are different in a lot of respects, and some of us want to be ambitious, and for it not to be a dirty word. We want to be feminine and soft, we want to be maternal, we want to be sexual, we want to be explorers – and we can be a combination of all of these archetypes… You can be powerful, but you can also be vulnerable… [I have] learnt the power of kindness and the importance of non-judgemental ways of looking at others.”