Gwyneth Paltrow covers the March 2016 issue of Glamour.
On her relationship with Chris Martin: “We’re constantly putting aside our own stuff and trying to reimagine something that we don’t personally have an example for. We put a lot of thought into how to do it so that the damage would be minimized. He’s been away for two weeks [promoting his album, A Head Full of Dreams]. Last night he got in at midnight and slept here so he could surprise the kids in the morning, we could all have breakfast, and he could take them to school. So…we’re not living together, but he’s more than welcome to be with us whenever he wants. And vice versa: I sleep in his house in Malibu a lot with the kids. We’ll have a weekend all together; holidays, we’re together. We’re still very much a family, even though we don’t have a romantic relationship. He’s like my brother.”
On relationships: “I’ve always been very independent. Even in relationships, I’m focused on the quality of my life and not enmeshing myself so much with somebody else’s experience. But I think there’s incredible value in being married… I mean, I believe in marriage. But I’m not even divorced yet! So give me a minute.”
On GOOP: “Sometimes I’ll get annoyed if someone’s like, ‘Goop is so expensive.’ I’m like, ‘Have you looked at the website? Have you seen the range of price points? ‘Cause we sell things that are $8.’ I’m like, ‘If you want to fuck with me, bring your A-game. At least have all your information.’ Once in a while, if I’m exhausted and overwhelmed, I’ll be like, ‘Ugh, that bugs me,’ or, ‘That hurt my feelings.’ But very rarely. I don’t lose sleep over it. It’s my business to live my life and learn my lessons. I don’t care what anybody else thinks.”
On knowing herself: “Maybe when I was 25 that would have been different. But I’m 43 years old, and I know who I am, and I own my mistakes. They’re my business. And when somebody who doesn’t know me has an opinion, it’s none of my business.”
On how her father’s death inspired Coldplay’s new music: “I was so traumatized by his death; one of the things that surprised me so much was how the world kept going in its complete flurry of events. I couldn’t reconcile it, I was so devastated, and my heart was so broken. I wouldn’t say I wrote the lyrics. I would say that concept inspired Chris. Then he said, ‘Will you come and sing?’ So I went.”
On her California girlfriends: “If you were to ask me what my biggest success is, it’s that I’ve been able to maintain and nourish my relationships. My women friends are incredibly intelligent. There’s no posturing, no competition. Especially in Los Angeles, I see pockets of friends who are very competitive, and I think, What is the point? I would rather be alone in bed with a book than have a girlfriend who is like that.”
On how the media tries to pit her against other female entrepreneurs: “It’s so incredibly sexist. But I think we’re in the midst of creating a new archetype of a woman, and we’re gonna get there. And I’ve never minded pushing anything along, taking some slings and arrows. Our daughters will look at us and be like, ‘Oh, so you get to work and be a mommy and wear beautiful lipstick.’ I mean, when they have a hole in their uniform, I sew it. I make the food; I bathe them. And I’m a sexual being and a powerful woman and entrepreneur. I’m all of those things.”