Gwyneth Paltrow-haters are licking their chops for an interview being published next week in Glamour magazine: Here, the Goop maven reveals she’s been through “terrible times” with her husband of 10 years, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
“It’s hard being married. You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple,” Paltrow promised. “I asked my dad once, ‘How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?’ And he said, ‘Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.’ And I think that’s what happens.”
(The Glamour interview again reveals an acquiescing wife: “Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter,” Paltrow said. “So I never say, ‘Where are you? You should be home by now.’ I never place demands on him because I think he’s a really talented man and he’s putting something good into the world.”)
The perfectionist celebrity normally keeps a lid on her marital world but she’s airing out the mundane truths of her marriage now, much like Ben Affleck did, unbidden, during his Oscars acceptance speech earlier this year.
“Work” was the word that clearly came to mind as the Argo director thanked his wife Jennifer Garner for their marriage. (The overshare begins at 3:12.)
“I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It is work, but it’s the best kind of work and there’s no one else I’d rather work with,” he stuttered to his beaming bride.
Affleck’s awkward pronouncements and Paltrow’s latest admissions have revealed celebrities struggling to be authentic about their marriages – the goal being “we’re just like you.”
You know what? I’ll take the marital theatrics of Liz and Dick over the sanitized platitudes of Ben, Jenn and Gwynnie any day.
“I think having a fight, an out-and-out outrageous, ridiculous fight is one of the greatest exercises in marital togetherness,” Liz Taylor purred during a legendary 60 Minutes interview some 40 years ago.
Over smokes, drinks and diamonds, she and on-again, off-again husband Richard Burton discuss their “weak points” – her double chin, his pock marks – and why they aren’t going to bother lecturing their kids about dope.
For all of its volatility, the interview shows a ballsy, brainy candour we’re unlikely ever to see again with our wimpy, PR-vetted celebrities – married or not.