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.*