The goop founder said she didn't have any anxiety about turning 50. Instead, she felt liberated.
Gone are the days when women felt terrified about aging. In recent times, more and more women are embracing getting older and we're here for it! Celebrities are also opening up about their own journeys with regard to aging, and many are calling it a liberating experience. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow recently celebrated her 50th birthday and confessed that she's already loving entering a new decade. She opened up about her life and explained why she desperately wanted her first marriage to work and was disappointed it didn't work out. "I was not able to make my first marriage work, and I took it as a huge failure. And it's still hard. I have disappointed kids and it's never going to be the same as if I stayed together with their dad. [But] knowing how painful it was to get a divorce the first time, I'm vigilant about staying aligned and not letting resentments build up."
The actor turned 50 and has turned over a new leaf. "It's fantastic," the CEO said at the goop Immersive event in Santa Monica on Sunday, according to PEOPLE. "I feel really inspired by turning 50. I used to care so much what people thought of me. [Now] I don't care. It's so nice. What I think it really means to not be caught up in what other people think is it means that you're close to yourself."
Paltrow split from Chris Martin with whom she shares two children: Apple, 18, and Moses, 16. She drew parallels to the time she turned 40 and called it an incredibly difficult time in her life. "When I was turning 40 I was a wreck. I was really having a bit of a mid-life crisis around it. I also acknowledge I was in the midst of a big transition. I knew I wanted to leave a marriage [she split from the Coldplay singer in 2016] and I knew I wanted to move back to the United States, so there was a whole lot going on with me."
The mother-of-two continued, "I think that transition is particularly hard for a woman because of what society tells us about turning 40 and that in some way when we lose reproductive viability that we're no longer desirable or important or visible. But I really didn't have any [anxiety] turning 50. I felt like this amazing liberation started to come."
She also spoke about finding another chance at love in her later years. The goop founder has been married to producer Brad Falchuk since 2018. "I was lucky enough to meet Brad at a time when our values really lined up; what we wanted really lined up and our interests really lined up and we work really hard to maintain it," Paltrow said.
When the Shakespeare in Love actress was younger, she never thought there would be so much to life in her 50s. "I thought, you know, 50 is, like, you're dead at that point!" she told CBS News. But she's glad how it's turned out. "As a woman, you turn 50 and maybe we all give ourselves permission to be exactly who we are. And we stop trying to be what other people are expecting us to be, and you kind of exhale into this other thing." "It's taken me time," she added, but she admitted she's finally given herself permission to be who she truly is.
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