Gwyneth Paltrow's latest: Being a movie star 'much harder for me' than working 9 to 5
Corinne Ton That, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 5:51PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 28, 2014 6:05PM EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin jetted away to a resort on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas the day before announcing their “conscious uncoupling” on Tuesday in order to escape public attention.
Lucky she’s away from “regular” working moms -- who expressed outrage on Twitter after the 41-year-old actress was reported as saying being a movie star mom is harder than parenting with a 9-5 job.
Life is “different” when you have an “office job” because it’s “routine and you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” Paltrow said in an interview with E! Online just a week before announcing her split with the Coldplay frontman.
“It’s much harder for me,” she said. “I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because…for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’”
“When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult,” she said.
Paltrow just wrapped filming “Mortdecai” with Johnny Depp in London, where she lives.
“I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
Naturally, her comments caused quite a stir among “regular” parents working 9-5 jobs:
Pls tell your exp as a 9 to 5 ma to know its easier @GwynethPaltrow. Love 2 hear your take on life w/o nannies, drivers and pricey vacys— Patricia McCants (@trysh_mc) March 28, 2014
Huge congrats to Gwyneth Paltrow for successfully 'consciously uncoupling' herself from all her working mom fans.— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) March 28, 2014
Gwyneth Paltrow said women who work 9 to 5 have it easier than her, which has really upset her assistants.— Peter Karlin (@heykarlin) March 28, 2014
Paltrow was also mocked after announcing her breakup in a post titled “Conscious Uncoupling” on her lifestyle website Goop on Tuesday.
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” the Hollywood star wrote.
“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue tin the same manner,” she added.
Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to make breaking up sound like some grandiose indulgence that you can’t afford.— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) March 26, 2014
It turns out that “conscious uncoupling” wasn’t just a Paltrow-ism. The term was coined by Katherine Woodward Thomas, a Los Angeles therapist, who created a five-step “Conscious Uncoupling” process in order to “release the trauma of a breakup.”
Paltrow’s post ran alongside an essay written by Drs. Habib Sadeghi and Sherry Sami, who say that a successful marriage should be defined by how meaningful and fulfilling it was, rather than how long it lasted.
Despite earning a round of sneers for using the term “conscious uncoupling,” Paltrow offered thanks to those who stood by her and her recently “uncoupled” husband Chris Martin.
“P.S. CM and I in deep gratitude for the support of so many,” she wrote at the end of a blog post on three different chicken recipes, on her website GOOP.com.