Yesterday, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow made the sad announcement that the pair are to end their relationship of 11 years. And now it's come to light that Paltrow is calling quits on another part of her life - her acting career.
The 41-year-old actress told E! News last week about her upcoming plans for the year, and revealed that she's taking some time off to focus on her two children, Apple, 9, and Moses, 7.
The actress said, "I just finished a movie in January that I was doing at the end of last year in London with Johnny Depp, and then I had two weeks here, and then I did a couple of episodes for Glee for the 100th episode.
"So I have to go back to [being] mommy," she said. "I have a rule about one movie a year, so I can't shoot anything for a while, but I'm developing some material and working on the site [Goop] and raising kids."
Paltrow posted a sneak peek of her upcoming part in Glee on Instagram two days ago.
The actress, who has most-recently starred as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man series and The Avengers, explained the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance in an acting career.
"I think it's 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," she said. "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. 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."
"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?'"
Paltrow won an Oscar for her lead role in Shakespeare in Love in 1998 and starred in a host of other films thereafter, from Shallow Hal to The Talented Mr. Ripley. She is to star alongside Johnny Depp in upcoming film Mortdecai, which is based on a series of novels about an art dealer who searches for stolen paintings.
In an interview with Stylist last year, Paltrow told of her love of the family routine:
"I cook and I really believe in the family dinner, I think that’s a nice time to bring the family together," she said. "I’m a bit traditional in the way that I think that a woman draws her energy from the house. Food is a really nice way of expressing that energy and love, and doing something with care and putting time into it and nourishing your family.
"I try as best I can to really put all I can into what I’m doing. A lot of days I fail and there’s too much to do. I do think it’s really important to have time to yourself, whether that’s reading something interesting when the kids are in bed or even having a dog. Sometimes I just take the dog on the Heath (in Hampstead, where Gwyneth lives) for 20 minutes just to get some air, just to be alone – I think it’s important."
According to E! News, Paltrow is currently on holiday with Chris Martin and their two children on an island in the Bahamas, where they announced their split on Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop from on Tuesday. The couple, who are known to be notoriously private and were rarely pictured together during their 11-year relationship.
Gwyneth and Chris in a photo issued by Goop
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