Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that her use of the now infamous phrase “conscious uncoupling” was a mistake. The 42-year-old actress used the term in 2014 in an official statement confirming a split from her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
“I made a mistake,” she said.
“I didn’t give it context. But it is a goofy term”, she admitted to radio DJ Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday.
Gwyneth also opened up on her past relationships, including those with Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck. She spoke fondly of the nearly three years she spent with 51-year-old Brad – the pair met on the set of Se7en – and the actress admitted: “I definitely fell in love with him.
“He was so gorgeous and sweet. I mean, he was Brad Pitt!”, she added, before revealing that her parents were also heartbroken when the pair split.
“My father was devastated.”
She continued: “I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met. It’s taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass. You can’t make that decision when you’re 22 years old… I wasn’t ready, and he was too good for me.
“I didn’t know what I was doing.”
Between 1997 and 2000 Gywneth and Ben dated, but the Iron Man actress admitted that it was not a healthy relationship between the two of them.
“He was not in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend. I think that when you’re in your twenties, you can get swept up in good looks. When you’re a kid, you tend to be more shallow and you’re also immature, so you think that being with a good looking person validates yourself in some kind of way. It’s not true.”
Unlike their love of Brad, Gwyneth’s parents were not fans of Ben. “I think they appreciated how he’s super intelligent and he’s really talented and funny,” she said. “They loved him, but they were okay with us not being together.”
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