Gwyneth Paltrow Dishes on Life After Split From Chris Martin

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 42, recently opened up about her split with ex-husband, Chris Martin, and says their conscious uncoupling is going even better than expected.

"We've worked really f---ing hard to get to [this] point. But we're very, very close, and it's so nice," said Paltrow in an interview for Marie Claire's February issue. "I feel like it's, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."

Paltrow, whose latest film Mortdecai opens Jan. 23, shared a bit about their decision to split, saying there was "nothing dramatic" about the divorce.

"I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore," said the the mother of 10-year-old daughter Apple and eight-year-old son Moses.

"I really had the sense that I wasn't allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else," she told Marie Claire. "And I just sort of hit a wall."

As a newly single parent to two children, Paltrow told the magazine she's doing her best to balance work and raising the kiddos.

"I think we are all genuinely doing our best, it's hard to have children and a career, and all some women seem to do is judge other women's choices," said the Oscar-winner. "I find that demoralizing and unhelpful. Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation?" she added. "I don't see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion."

Pam Wright