Gwyneth Paltrow: Sometimes I think I should've stayed married

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow having second thoughts about her "conscious uncoupling"?

The 42-year-old Iron Man actress announced that she was separating from her husband Chris Martin this past March, but tells Harper's Bazaar UK that sometimes she has her doubts as to whether she made the right decision.

"We've made a lot of mistakes, and we've had good days and bad days, but I have to say, I'm proud of us for working through so much stuff together -- and not blaming and shaming," she says of her split from the Coldplay frontman. "Of course, there are times when I think it would have been better if we had stayed married, which is always what your children want. But we have been able to solidify this friendship, so that we're really close."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 28: Singer/Songwriter Chris Martin (L) and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event with contributors American Cancer Society and Bristol Myers Squibb hosted by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry Foundation)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: General Views of Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow's North London Home on March 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON - JULY 02: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and daughter Apple watch Coldplay singer Chris Martin perform on stage at 'Live 8 London' in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Chris Martin, Jay-Z and Gwyneth Paltrow attend the after party following the concert by Jay-Z at The Royal Albert Hall, at Movida on September 27, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on August 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON - MAY 6: Heavily pregnant actress Gwyneth Paltrow covers her face as she leaves a yoga class in London on May 6, 2004 in London. Paltrow is married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin and the birth of their first child is imminent. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
KAUAI, HI - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen on May 01, 2003 in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON - JULY 02: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and daughter Apple watch Coldplay singer Chris Martin perform on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Coldplay singer Chris Martin attends an exhibit known as 'The Innocents' at the Gogasian Gallery June 10, 2004 in London, England. The exhibit features images of men who were originally sentenced to long prison terms in the U.S., but then were ultimately found innocent. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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KAUAI, HI - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen on May 01, 2002 in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Paltrow still says she owes a lot to Martin, 37, as she began dating him right after the death of her father Bruce. "I feel like I would have died somehow if I hadn't met him at that time," she says.

"I felt like I was going to die of grief. I remember waking up, on one particular night, where I felt like I was having a heart attack and I couldn't breathe... I lay on the floor of my apartment in London and I thought, 'I'm not going to survive this.' And he just picked me up and he was so loving and patient through all my grieving."

Continuing to dote on her ex, Paltrow adds, "He's really great in a crisis. He has incredible empathy when it comes to somebody's pain."

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That being said, she thinks Martin may have been too young for marriage when they tied the knot in 2003.The musician was just 25 years old at the time. "Men are very young at that age, and I was relying on him very heavily and I really expected him to keep being this grown man and pillar of strength -- which he was and is -- but it's also quite an unfair set of criteria to give to someone who's just 25 years old."

As for how she's coping with the separation, she admits that her relationship with Martin, the father of her two kids Moses and Apple, is an "always a moving, amorphous thing."

"It's painful, it's difficult, it might be easier to say, 'I never want to see you again,' but what good does that do anyone?" she tells Harper's Bazaar.

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The Goop founder later changes the subject to femininity, accusing women of being "so vitriolic" towards each other. "Why they want to twist words, why they want to read about someone else in a negative light and why that feels good to them?" Paltrow ponders.

She quickly adds, "But I also know a huge tribe of women who are loving and supportive of other women, in ways that are completely transformative."

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After hearing Paltrow speak about her marriage, do you think there's a chance she'll get back together with Chris Martin? Let us know by tweeting #ETnow.

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