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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Gwyneth Paltrow: Kind of like us?


Gwyneth Paltrow (Vittorio Zunino Celotto - GETTY IMAGES FOR LANCIA)
Gwyneth Paltrow takes a lot of flak for, well, being Gwyneth Paltrow, some deserved (expensive cleanses), some not so much (example not found. Kidding. How about this.)

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Paltrow talks about the usual stuff that gets under people’s skin: her amazing body, not eating sugar and dairy, how she expected her daughter to “be a really cool butch lesbian.” (Oh Gwynnie.)

But she also says some pretty down to Earth stuff that made me wonder, is Gwyneth Paltrow kind of like us, the non-famous people? Let’s explore this idea.

Not like us

Paltrow name drops some of her famous friends, including new parents Jay-Z and Beyonce, in the interview with Justine Picardie. She offers this tidbit about Bey’s performance at the Glastonbury Festival last summer:

Gwyneth was watching by the side of the stage with Jay-Z and testifies to the fact that her friend's performance was punctuated by the miserable side effects of early pregnancy: "She was absolutely incredible, especially as she was barfing in between."

I think it’s safe to say that his is not something a normal person would know.

Maybe like us

Paltrow talks about her children, Apple and Moses, and their routine together:

It's Gwyneth who gives the children their bath — "we all get into the tub together" — and she's the one who cooks dinner for them before Apple and Moses go to bed at 8:00.

Like many regular folks, Paltrow makes her family priority. And I’m not going to make judgments about the family bathing. That’s why this is firmly in the maybe column.

Then again, maybe not

The actress has actually started some controversy with another comment she made to Harper’s Bazaar about compromising to be a wife and mother. This is the advice Paltrow said she gave to a famous friend:

She is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It's been all about you and you're a big deal. And if you want what you're saying you want — a family — you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family.

As ABC News reported, this comment has not been appreciated by some so-called “mommy bloggers,” who point out that not all women have the luxury to give up a career for financial reasons. Others point out that Paltrow has made time for her lifestyle Web site, GOOP.

Like us

Paltrow discusses how a past boyfriend cheated on her (guesses are welcomed in the comments) and how she “knew on a cellular level, but I bought his story.” She also discusses how her marriage with Coldplay singer Chris Martin isn’t always perfect.

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

What say you, Celebritology readers? Did this interview make Paltrow seem more relatable? Tell us in the comments.

By  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Gwyneth Paltrow

 
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