Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage keeps getting weirder and weirder
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Gwyneth Paltrow is arguably best known for two things: her Oscar-winning acting career and her curious approach to relationships. The Shakespeare in Love star and creator of the lifestyle brand GOOP made headlines, for example, when she referred to her divorce from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin as “conscious uncoupling.” Umm, say what? That sounds more like a tongue twister than anything else.
But if you thought Paltrow would cool it with her unorthodox approach to marriage following the conscious uncoupling debacle, think again. As it turns out, Paltrow’s relationship with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk is just as strange, if not stranger. Want some proof? Look no further than the actress’ June 2019 admission that she and her hubby don’t live together full-time. Yep, you read that correctly — the couple, who wed in September 2018, still maintain separate addresses. It doesn’t get any more GOOPlicious than that, folks.
We don’t want to spill all of the head-scratching details just yet, but let’s just say there’s lots of oddball behavior to uncover, all the way from the couple’s honeymoon to the toasts at their wedding reception. Ready to dive deep into all of the juicy details? Here’s the skinny on how Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Their relationship is like, so ‘adult’
Gwyneth Paltrow enjoyed many high-profile relationships throughout the years, including romances with actors Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, just to name a few. And interestingly enough, Paltrow credited these partnerships and others for giving her the emotional intelligence necessary to be in her first “adult” relationship ever, aka her marriage to Brad Falchuk.
“In the past, I’ve been in relationships with men who had intimacy issues, so I could be, like, ‘I’m fine, I’m ready to do this,’ and let myself think he’s the one with the problem,” she told the The Sunday Times. “In a way, some of the relationships were designed to keep me out of intimacy. Now, for the first time, I feel I’m in an adult relationship that is sometimes uncomfortable, because he sort of demands a certain level of intimacy and communication that I haven’t been held to before.”
Although we definitely understand where Paltrow is coming from (every past relationship is a lesson, right?) we can’t help but find it a bit odd that she perceives her relationship with Falchuk as her first mature partnership. We say this because the actress was married to Chris Martin for 10 years, during which they welcomed two children together. We don’t know about you guys, but we tend to characterize parenthood and marriage as adult activities.
That being said, we’ll chalk this incident up to a poor choice of words.
The TMI engagement announcement
Celebrity engagement announcements tend to be short and sweet, like a cutesy Instagram post or simple statement from a publicist. In the case of Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, however, the two opted for a lengthy interview in GOOP magazine, in which they went deep into the emotional complexities behind their union. Phew, we’re tired already.
But before we get to the interview, let’s take a peek at their January 2018 statement confirming the news. “We feel incredibly lucky to have come together at this junction in our lives when our collective successes and failures can serve as building blocks for a healthy and happy relationship,” the duo confirmed to Good Morning America. What a mouthful.
Paltrow continued to go deep in her GOOP interview about the then-impending nuptials, explaining (via Page Six): “Personally, at midlife, I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be. I have decided to give it a go again, not only because I believe I have found the man I was meant to be with, but because I have accepted the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities that (terrifyingly) are made possible by intimacy.”
Wait, did we just magically transport ourselves to a therapist’s office or what? A simple “we’re engaged!” type of announcement would have done just fine, girl.
The whole not living together thing was always a thing
As we mentioned at the jump, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk faced some criticism in June 2019 when they revealed that they only live together part-time despite being married. What’s even more curious? The two weren’t shacking up even before they tied the knot in September 2018. Paltrow shared the curious tidbit in a May 2018 interview with radio host Howard Stern, noting that she lived in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles while Falchuk had kept his property in Malibu (via the Daily Mail). Hmm.
We can’t help but wonder why the two didn’t ever give the living together thing a shot, especially since they’re a blended family. Why wouldn’t they, for instance, try to build relationships between their kids (Falchuk has two children from his first marriage) in the context of a shared home? We’re not judging — we’re just curious.
Interesting decision aside, Paltrow expressed hope during the interview regarding her future with Falchuk. “I think that I would like to give it a proper shot … for myself,” she told the shock jock. “I think there’s something really beautiful about marriage. … And I think Brad is someone who is … really intelligent, he’s very emotionally intelligent, and I think he’s a really good person to try this with. … He’s very self-aware. He’s got a lot of emotional maturity.”
Here’s to you, Gwyenth, and oh yeah, that guy, too
Famous or not, it’s probably safe to say that most people want their wedding day to go off without a hitch. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk generally lucked out in this regard in September 2018, when they threw luxurious wedding in the Hamptons area of Long Island, serving guests the finest foods and drinks at their reception. But when it came to the wedding toasts, things reportedly took a strange turn for the worse.
Many of the guests’ well-wishes were allegedly long and windy odes to Paltrow’s greatness, an odd thing when you consider that two people got married that day. “Everybody loves Gwyneth,” a supposed wedding guest told In Touch Weekly about the supposed situation. “Everybody had a speech and went on and on about how great Gwyneth is. The speeches were long — about two hours.” Huh?
But wait — that’s not all. One guest supposedly told a story about how Paltrow sat on Falchuk’s lap when they first met on the set of Glee, a moment that was understandably uncomfortable for everyone involved given that the actress was married to husband Chris Martin at the time. “It was super awkward and everyone looked around to make sure her kids weren’t there to hear it!” the insider recalled. Yikes, we hope that claim isn’t true.
Confusion about the whole stepparent thing
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Similarly to wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Falchuk has two children from a previous marriage — teenagers Isabella and Brody. Paltrow doesn’t discuss Falchuk’s kids too often (we suspect it’s to protect their privacy), but she did open up to WSJ Magazine about what it’s like to be a first-time stepparent, noting that she hasn’t nailed the role yet.
Paltrow told the outlet that the situation is “intense,” stating: “We are still doing it in our own way,” she explained. “With teenage kids, you’ve got to tread lightly. It’s pretty intense, the teenage thing.”
We don’t doubt that the whole stepparent thing can be hard, especially when there’s potentially hurt feelings involved. But we can’t help but wonder why Paltrow can’t figure this one out, especially since she has solved other tricky situations before, like having Falchuk and her ex-husband Chris Martin meet up for brunch. And for someone who prides herself on her emotional intelligence, we’re skeptical that Paltrow can’t crack this puzzle.
That being said, sometimes these things take time. We’re confident Paltrow and her fam will work everything out one day.
Is Paltrow too demanding?
Dating an A-list celebrity can be tough, a sentiment Brad Falchuk possibly knows all too well. What are we getting at, exactly? Our suspicion rests on an April 2019 report from Radar Online, in which a source supposedly spotted the couple fighting at a restaurant in Los Angeles. “It looked like they were at each other’s throats,” the alleged eyewitness said. Eep — fingers crossed this was a case of mistaken identity.
On top of the supposed restaurant debacle, a source told the outlet that Paltrow can be quite demanding in relationships. “Gwyneth can be a lot to handle. She’s used to getting her own way in business with her lifestyle brand, Goop, and as a movie star,” the insider added.
If this report is true, it’s kind of weird that Paltrow hasn’t managed to figure out the whole relationship thing yet, especially since she’s so introspective. The mom has always been open about her personal failings, for instance, telling Nasty Gal clothing founder Sophia Amoruso in August 2017: “I’m actually a pretty good friend, and a good sister and a daughter and a mother, but I’m at my potentially most vulnerable and f***ed up in the romantic slice of the pie.”
Who knows, maybe Paltrow isn’t as self-critical as she seems.
Honeymooning with who?
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Arguably the strangest detail about Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk’s marriage is that the duo honeymooned with the actress’ ex-husband, Chris Martin, following their September 2018 wedding. Don’t worry, we’re internally screaming too.
“We just took our honeymoon in the Maldives … and we had a big family honeymoon over Christmas,” Paltrow said about the curious trip during a January 2019 appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan. Wait, did the entire family stay in the same resort? We have so many questions.
We have to at least give Paltrow credit, however, for recognizing the oddness of the situation, joking that the trip was “a very modern honeymoon.” Modern, indeed. We think this situation goes to show just how confident Falchuk is about his marriage.
Paltrow also revealed that her decision was a noble one, arguing that the trip was mainly for her kids. “We just wanted to minimize the pain for the kids,” she said. “They just want to see their parents around the dinner table, basically, so we just try to keep that.” Fair enough.
Um, they *still* don’t live together
If you assumed that Gwyneth Paltrow would finally move in with Brad Falchuk once they wed in September 2018, you were wrong. As it turns out, Falchuk only spends four nights a week at his wife’s abode, which is an arguably weird arrangement for a married couple. But if you ask the actress what she thinks about the arrangement, she’d probably tell you that it’s the ideal situation. “Oh, all my married friends say that the way we live sounds ideal and we shouldn’t change a thing,” Paltrow told the The Sunday Times on June 9, 2019 when pressed about her living situation. Hey, whatever works.
One thing we can’t help but consider, however, is what the couple will do once they’re older. It might be difficult to do the back-and-forth thing as senior citizens, so we hope the two have a Plan B for when that day comes. Or maybe they’ll live in adjacent nursing homes? We’re just spitballing here, folks.
Either way, it’s clear these two will continue to do things their way, and we can’t really fault them for being authentic.