Gwyneth Paltrow on Chris Martin: It's "the Relationship We Were Meant to Have"

Gwyneth Paltrow opened up about her current relationship with estranged husband Chris Martin in the February issue of Marie Claire, which hits newsstands on Jan. 13. While the couple announced their separation in March 2014, she revealed that they still maintain a very close friendship. Gwyneth also opened up about her career aspirations with her lifestyle site, Goop, as well as her opinion on women's productivity vs. men's. Keep reading for more from Gwyneth's interview.

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  • On her breakup with Chris Martin: "There was nothing dramatic or anything. I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore, and 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, and I just sort of hit a wall."
  • On her current relationship with Chris: "We've worked really f*cking hard to get to [this] point. But we're very, very close, and it's so nice. I feel like it's, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."
  • On her business aspirations: "I know what I want to do, and I'm going to do it. I don't care so much about the men, but I wish that women were slightly more understanding of other women. A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There's room for everybody."
  • On productivity: "I'm in meetings with investment bankers, VC firms, private equity firms — you name it, across the board, men. Women in 30 minutes can get more accomplished than men in two hours."