'Marriage is hard', Gwyneth Paltrow admits
The couple, may seem to live a charmed life in their £7 million, 33-room mansion, with their two children - eight-year-old Apple and seven-year-old Moses.
But it is not the first time that the Hollywood actress, who paints herself as a regular mother-of-two juggling family life and a demanding job, has confessed that married life is not always “rosy”.
In her latest candid interview she has described her husband as a “mad scientist” who she avoids making demands of to keep the peace.
“It’s hard being married. You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple,” the 40-year-old told Glamour Magazine.
“I asked my dad once, “How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?” And he said, “Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time”. And I think that’s what happens.
“When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person’s saying, “come on, we can do this”, you carry on.”
Paltrow said that she and Martin, 36, still laugh together and are “good friends”.
“I’m a very grounded, homey person and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter,” she said,
“So I never say “Where are you? You should be home by now”. I never place demands on him because I think he’s a really talented man and he’s putting something good into the world.”
Married since December 2003, the couple became known for attempting to never be photographed together in public and rarely talking about their relationship.
But during a 2011 interview Paltrow was forced to deny repeated claims in the tabloid press that their marriage was in trouble.
She said at the time: “Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren’t all rosy.”
The latest comments come just days after the Iron Man 3 star was revealed on a chat show to have advised a friend to give in to her husband when they argued.
Paltrow, who in one week was named as Hollywood’s most-hated celebrity to the world’s most beautiful woman, also used the interview to claim that she had endured more suffering than people realise.
She has lost a cousin and best friend, she said, adding: “'I've had a lot of really heartbreaking, difficult things. But all of those things have strengthened my resolve to make the best of my life.”