Gwyneth Paltrow on surviving relationship rough spots
February 3rd, 2012
09:11 AM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow on surviving relationship rough spots

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin tend to keep their marriage away from the lenses of the paparazzi, but they don't have a problem opening up about one another in interviews.

And in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar, Paltrow speaks on learning the art of compromise - even when compromising means letting her career take a back seat to that of her husband's.

"I have little kids in school," the actress says in the interview. "I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when [Chris] comes home."

As she advised a friend in a relationship, "This may not be feminist, but you have to compromise....Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can only do what works for me and my family."

The live-and-let-live philosophy is one she's acquired as she's grown older.

With each passing birthday, "the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get," she says. "Life is long. I have friends who I love and admire who have had an affair. When I was younger, I would have said he's a terrible person and she's a terrible person. But who made these laws?"

In her own relationship, she operates from a place of persistence.

"I think you do fall in and out of love, and you just keep going," she says. "And every time you go through a really difficult phase, you rediscover something new and it gets better. We've been married more than eight years now, and we're still into it."

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  1. Puhlease Louise

    Let's focus, people, on the content of the article.... which is to highlight (even for a Hollywood-Rock Star-Musician couple) - the art of compromise. I like her message – as a woman, strong, successful actress and mother – she admits it's hard to have it all and keep a family together. I admire her openness. Gwyneth is beautiful and it has nothing to do with just this photo – whether like "her" or not - ALL of us at one point has taken bad pictures; lighting, digital graphics or whatever – it's not her best pic.... and let's not forget Hollywood stars have to remain ever young and perfect for their discerning fans.... which is unrealistic. I for one hope Chris & Gywneth make it -forever- .

    February 8, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Augie

    Couldn't. Care. Less.

    That plastic smile looks like it's been stapled to her cheek bones.

    February 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lkarp

    It's clear to me that Gwyneth Paltrow has had major plastic surgery done on her face. She now looks like every other blonde, Hollywood starlet or star, and has lost her amazing beauty. How extremely sad; I thought she was far and away beyond all that. The new Gwyneth is not beautiful – just another cookie cut from the cookie-cutter. Bad, bad mistake, Gwyneth!!!!

    February 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john chaffer

    the girl in the pic is not as pretty as the one from the past gweneth paltro

    February 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john chaffer

    the pic is not Gweneth Paltrow

    February 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Been Married forever

    I get a little angry with these hollywood types who seem to get married for sport. Marriage is all about compromise. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. They fall in & out of love so easily. Marriage is a work in progress. I wish you all happy marriages that last forever.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. trix are for kids

    It's difficult to be able to say these things without being part of the Hollywood circle of broken relationships, lost marriages, and pointless drama. Hope it works out.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |

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