Gwyneth Paltrow in Elle magazine
August 3rd, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow: My husband's a musical genius

The September issue of Elle features Hollywood goddess Gwyneth Paltrow revealing details of her private marriage, her celebrity pal Beyonce and her recent foray into music.

Fans know that the actress has a bosom buddy in the "Single Ladies" singer, and Paltrow, 38, shares a sweet moment with the mag, telling of when she got support from Bey for her Grammy performance.

“This story always makes me cry,” she starts. “It’s 10 in the morning and Beyoncé schleps it all the way down to the Staples Center to watch. I mean, she’s Beyoncé!”

The pop star even gave Paltrow advice before her duet with Cee Lo Green. “Beyoncé’s like, ‘Okay. The singing is great. But you’re not having any fun.’ She’s like, ‘Remember when we’re at Jay’s concert and Panjabi MC comes on and you do your crazy Indian dance? Do that. Be you!’”

Part of the reason Paltrow has been focusing more on music is a desire to spend more time with her two kids, as well as to have more fun. “I’m sick of doing the crying-in-my-soup part,” she says of leaving darker fare for projects like “Glee.” “I want to laugh. I want to sing. The main thing is, I want to have fun.”

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Her musical ambitions, of course, also include the idea of a solo album.

“Beyoncé and Jay—they think that I should just go do it by myself,” she shares, “that I should go…in a studio and see what happens. And if it’s good, do it. And if it’s not, don’t. So that’s probably what I’ll do.”

But don’t expect a collaboration with her husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Paltrow has decided not to ask him for advice on her musical projects: “[He’s] a musical genius. It’s like living with Picasso, and being like, ‘Should I make a little something-something?’”

Speaking of her husband, there’s a reason why he and Paltrow keep their relationship private.

“He makes music for his fans, and he doesn’t want people to conjure a lame famous couple when they’re getting into his music,” she explains. “I get it.”

But just because the two aren’t photographed together on red carpets doesn’t mean they’ve split up, as recent rumors would indicate.

“Sometimes it’s hard being with someone for a long time,” the star admits. “We go through periods that aren’t all rosy. I always say, life is long and you never know what’s going to happen. If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, I respect him so much as the father of my children. Like, I made such a good choice. He’s such a good dad. You can never be relaxed or smug and think, I’ve got this thing. That’s also part of it—keeping yourself on your toes. I’m not going to take this for granted.”

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  2. Rita

    It will be only a matter of time when this "genius" cheats on her – if he hasn't already and soon she'll join the long list of celebrity women whose husband has been caught cheating. Beyonce will be on that list too. MEN are CHEATERS!!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • W

      Don`t forget..Men cheat with women:) If men are cheater then what do you call the ladies,ha?

      August 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reality Check

    Of course she is going to say her husband is a genius. It's her husband. What is she going to say ...My husband it a stupid freaking idiot! lol Not. It's like that preacher saying his wife is hot while everyone else said she was definitely not. See how this goes? I would not put to much stock in it. It's just another celebrity babbling to keep the spotlight on themselves.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jill Scott

    Sorry, the schmuck can't be too much of a "genius" if he married this flake, Gwyneth Paltrow.

    She's as shallow as they come. What does Cold Play talk about with her? Diets and bikini waxes?

    August 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EB

    Her husband is such a genius, he thought he could get away with stealing another artist's music without the other artist noticing. Yes, he is a genious!!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. STLDan

    So... i guess opposites do attract

    August 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Rebecca

    She irritates me! Not a great actress and an awful singer/perfromer. Beyonce is just being nice if she says she's good.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    Gwyneth Paltrow (married to an Englishman) got into trouble a while back when she told a Portuguese interviewer that Great Britain had a much older culture than the United States, which is true.

    Something got lost in translation when it was mis-reported back as "the British people are much more intelligent than the American people", and she had to go to pains to deny that she had ever made any such ridiculous statement.

    She was not the first celebrity to trip over the language barrier.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • eb

      I would believe this statement only if she was trying to speak in Portuguese, which is not her first language,. Otherwise, I don't believe that.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    I first saw Gwyneth Paltrow as the spacey daughter in the TV mimiseries "Cruel Doubt."

    She's a fine actress, and her husband is a musical genius (or genious, if you will), a Vegan and a British anti-Iraq War activist.

    What's not to like ?

    August 4, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • eb

      She is good arm candy, I'll give you that. I don't know very much about her, I've only hear about her everytime she does this kind of things.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    “[He’s] a musical genius. It’s like living with Picasso"

    Living with Picasso wasn't always a delight for his wives. I understand he used to get rough with them.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Fuzzy

    Most people who scrubbed toilets are geniuses, right?

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  14. Gregg

    Sorry – "Hawking"

    August 4, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gregg

    Mozart was a genius. Einstein was a genius. Stephen Hawing is a genius. Chris Martin is a decent singer and songwriter. He writes catchy little ditties when compared to a Mozart symphony. (I happen to like Coldplay a bit) Gwyneth Paltrow is a model and an actress. She's not bad at either of those. She's not much of a singer though.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. emme

    LIFE IS LONG? who the hell says life is long? every normal person says "life's too short" is she from this planet? where does she come from?

    August 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jim Dandey

    If Chris Martin is such a genius, why does Coldplay suck?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Barnacle Bill

    Your husband is a genius?!?! Sorry, but that is nonsense.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. portalpunk

    She's flat as a sparrow, needs some plastic surgery on her chest.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barnacle Bill

      She's fine.

      I'd suggest you get some brain surgery, but it would have to be a transplant, as you've obviously been shortchanged in the intellectual department.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      She looks fine in a bikini, and she has the best legs in Hollywood.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. worty wort wort

    she's a tush licker

    August 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. rose

    Hey! she has the right to call him anything she want's.... fact of the matter is they both kick ass.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stevereeno

    Try Jim Morrison or John Lennon and Paul McCartney for genious.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Stevereeno

    Genious? That's a reach,......I saw him interviewed about some of his lyrics and what they mean specifically 'Yellow',...he said; (cracking a laugh0 "I don't know!?!"............
    Honest but telling.............
    Hardly genious.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fat Bobby Joe

      Sorry, Stevereno, but you're an idiot, and idiots do not know what genius is.

      See, I spelled genius correctly, imbecile.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. me

    Coldplay blows

    August 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. annmartina

    hahahaha. She described herself and Chris Martin exactly. "A lame famous couple"

    August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. madhater

    Radiohead is genius, not Coldplay.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. boocat

    Hey Gwynnie....your taste is in your mouth....sheesh!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. fernace

    I respect her so much! She's a talent in many fields & we're just getting to know some of it! But, while I agree, Coldplay are geniuses, is she saying Jay-z isn't? Or maybe she's saying he's more relaxed with it! I'd love to hear a CD from Gwyneth, but I hope it wont be country, or gurrlpop like Katy Perry! I see her doing more adult, complex music that is still edgy & fun! She should call me, I'll hook her up with some killer lyrics!!

    August 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. Michelle

    Beyonce and her handlers, and promoters, would never lose any occasion to attache her name to any singer in spot light at the moment. Gwyneth has her own handlers and promoters who got her where she is.So good luck to both of them.Media stop finding reasons to wright peaces of s...t every day. Like JLO she has only one video on You Tube posted on every site on earth so of course has many hits. Can't sing in public if you kill her without lip singing. You Media manufacture them with every phony article. Write better articles please.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • superman2

      I agree.

      The masses are average at best. People who read the news are easily swayed adn influenced.

      Once news was "the facts", now it is propaganda, and catering to lazy, lonely minds..

      One learns easily how polticians work to sway people, attorneys at trial, etc. People are generally stupid and so little is required to get them to adopt a point of view.

      And I am tired of all teh haters I read online and responding. not in this thread particualrly, but in others.

      Reflects nothng but miserable and unhappy people.

      She, Matt Damon, Cloney, et al, carry themselves well and are genuine people, with genuine talents, puruing genuine art...

      Unfortunately the 1% always get the attention, such as teh Demi Moore/Kutcher wannabees casue finders, PAris Hiton, etc.

      Their time is ending thankfully, and people are waking up it seems.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
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    She is a purdy lady

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    • uh-huh

      and "if you look close enough you can see bush" – Andrew Dice Clay

      August 4, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |

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