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Gwyneth Paltrow has no regrets over 'conscious uncoupling' with Chris Martin: 'I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive'

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
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Gwyneth Paltrow visits goop-In@Nordstrom for Book Signing on May 19, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Nordstrom)
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital's Kaleidoscope 5 at 3LABS on May 6, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress and Founder of goop, Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at Cultivating the Art of Taste & Style at the Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA - Day 3 on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Airbnb)
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Gucci, attends the 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow Presented By Gucci at LACMA on October 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for LACMA)
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Gwyneth Paltrow has no regrets over how she handled her highly public divorce from Chris Martin.

The actress split from the Coldplay frontman in 2014 and famously called the separation a "conscious uncoupling" - a term that has been relentlessly mocked since.

Yet the Oscar-winner maintains that her unique description of the break-up was well intentioned.

"I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive," Paltrow tells The EDIT. "What if I didn't blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100 per cent accountable? What if I checked my own s**t at the door and put my children first?

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CHRIS MARTIN AND GWYNETH PALTROW

"And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?"

"What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she adds.

The 44-year-old believes that in the three years since the split, the phrase has become more accepted, adding, "People are coming around. I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile. I’m always the person who gets s**t at first, but then later people say, 'Hey, maybe that’s a good idea'. I don’t mind."

Despite having to cope with public backlash, the Shakespeare in Love star has used her divorce to become stronger.

Actress and Founder of goop, Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at Cultivating the Art of Taste & Style at the Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA - Day 3 on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Airbnb)
Actress and Founder of goop, Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at Cultivating the Art of Taste & Style at the Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA - Day 3 on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Airbnb)

"I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way - huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss,” the mum of two shares.

"And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f**k out of every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things."

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

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