Just days after announcing her split from her husband of 10 years, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow is announcing the end of another big part of her life. Gwyneth is giving up acting, at least for now. Say it ain't so!
Her critics are having a field day with this. They take this pronouncement as further evidence that Gwyneth views herself to be above the plebs, that she considers her sorrow so much greater than that of other humans that she must retreat from public life.
I think it's the exact opposite. For a woman who has been so roundly criticized for being out of touch, for promoting an elite and unattainable lifestyle, this very public display of imperfection shows that she is every inch like you or me. Plus or minus 100 pounds and a closet full of Stella McCartney. No really. Sometimes Stella sleeps in Gwyneth's walk-in.*
Gwyneth has always made a point -- since having children -- to limit her film schedule. She makes about a film a year and has been quite forthcoming about the challenges of balancing a home life and family with making movies. In light of her recent split, she wants to spend even more time away from the camera and more time with the kids -- something even her biggest critics should be able to appreciate as thoughtful, good parenting.
Maybe this recent change in her life, and her refreshingly candid approach to sharing this information with her fan-base, will end the Gwyneth backlash. People are very quick to rip someone apart when it seems like her life is perfect. Sadly, I'll bet more folks go team Gwyneth now that she's revealed she's hurting and struggling. Unless, that is, 'uncoupling' turns out to be the name of her next book or something. In which case I am breaking up with her and suggesting all remaining fans do the same.
Where do you stand on GP these days? Do you like or loathe her?
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*clearly this is a joke.