Known for her role as Pepper Potts in Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow is an Oscar-winning actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love. She is also the creator of Goop, a popular lifestyle website. A successful businesswoman and actress, Paltrow has various achievements in her professional life.

Fame brings great compromises. Even as the actress strives to balance her personal life with the challenges her profession brings, but sharing a particular incident, Paltrow revealed how her efforts were in vain.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fame Created a Divide Between Her and Her Kids

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow had the impression that her kids thought she was cool. They enjoyed her popularity and were glad to have a mother who people recognized on the street. She was proven wrong on one family holiday when her then-eight-year-old son Moses told her to not walk near him. Paltrow recalled the instance saying:

“Well, I thought they thought I was cool until—we were just on holiday, and my son asked me not to walk near him on the sidewalk.”

The actress added sarcastically: “Yep – which felt great.”

In an appearance on The Ellen Show with Johnny Depp for the promotion of their movie Mortdecai, Paltrow shared the happenstance when her being popular became such an issue for her children that they left her alone on vacation.

Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids
Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids

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Recounting the instance on the show, Paltrow said:

“And my daughter was like, ‘Mom, we’re going to brunch without you, bye.’ And I was like, ‘You realize I’m here alone. Like if you guys go…’ They’re like, ‘We’re fine. We’re going ourselves.'”

Hurt by her children’s behavior and the saddening revelation that her children didn’t find her cool, Paltrow attempted to use her fame to get to spend time with children.

“So, yeah, Moses didn’t want to walk next to me and my daughter didn’t want to have lunch with me, and I was like, ‘You know, like, I’m, like, in movies and stuff,’ you know? And he’s like, ‘Exactly.’”

The story was a hit with the audience and won a huge round of laughter.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Relationship with Her Kids Has Changed

Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids
Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids

The story was from her kids’ younger years. With time, not only do they learn to accommodate to having famous parents; but they understand popularity better.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the GOOP founder said, “I think they understand fame very well.” Sharing the instance that made her believe so, Paltrow said:

“My son said to me the other day [after] he was out with his best friend and his family, ‘Mom, people are so different when you’re not there. Fame is a really strange thing.’”

Being a recognized celebrity, Paltrow and her family often get papped and spotted. And the kids picked up on the lack of normalcy at a young age. 

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Famed parents or not, it is understandable that kids start to look for more independence and privacy after attaining a certain age, which makes the task of parenting more difficult. Fame certainly brings added pressure but that’s another challenge Paltrow has pulled through.

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Source: The Ellen Show and Harper’s Bazaar

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