The Oscar winner opened up about last year's infamous "conscious uncoupling" in the February issue of Marie Claire ahead of her forthcoming film, "Mortdecai." The mag, which features an ab-tastic and windblown Paltrow on its cover, boasts the multi-hyphenate's humanity and describes the polarizing GOOP founder as "a thoughtful, funny, imperfect, and complex person."
Paltrow and the Coldplay frontman announced their breakup in March but she insists there was "nothing dramatic or anything" that led to the split following more than 10 years of marriage.
"I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore, and I really had the sense that I wasn't allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall," the 42-year-old said.
As for their current standing, she said: "We've worked really [expletive] hard to get to [this] point. But we're very, very close, and it's so nice. I feel like it's, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."
Paltrow and Martin began dating in 2002 and announced that Paltrow was pregnant in December 2003. Two days after the announcement, they tied the knot in a quiet ceremony in Santa Barbara. They have two kids together, daughter Apple and son Moses, whom they continue to co-parent.
Paltrow has been romantically linked to "Glee's" Brad Falchuk and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence,
The "Glee" guest star previously miffed observers with her remarks about life being "much harder" as a celebrity mom. However, she tempered those statements in her latest interview.
"I think we are all genuinely doing our best, it's hard to have children and a career, and all some women seem to do is judge other women's choices. I find that demoralizing and unhelpful. Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation? I don't see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion," she said.
The actress' latest tabloid feud matched her up with lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and the two seemingly battled it out in the gossips over the last year. Without naming names, Paltrow spoke up about her entrepreneurial rivals.
"I know what I want to do, and I'm going to do it," she said. "I don't care so much about the men, but I wish that women were slightly more understanding of other women. A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There's room for everybody."
Marie Claire's February issue hits newsstands on Jan. 13.
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