Gwyneth Paltrow dishes on all her exes: Brad Pitt was 'too good for me'

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Gwyneth Paltrow on Ex-Brad Pitt: 'He Was Too Good For Me'

Gwyneth Paltrow was definitely in the mood to share during her appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday.

... Especially when it came to her A-list exes.

In the hour-long chat, Stern of course wanted to know all about Paltrow's ex-fiance Brad Pitt, who the Shakespeare In Love star was engaged to when she was 24 years old. The beautiful blondes eventually called it quits in 1997 after three years together.

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Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0194 -- Pictured: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow on January 14, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
Gwyneth Paltrow holds a phone in a scene from the film 'Moonlight And Valentino', 1995. (Photo by Gramercy Pictures/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 29: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Jefferson in Paris' New York City Premiere on March 29, 1995 at the Paris Theatre in New York City. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences private luncheon and viewing of the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition at the Wilshire May Company building on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenter Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at Hollywood Unites For The 4th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program Of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Dolby Theatre on September 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Boss Women fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Skylight Limited on February 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends The Great American Songbook event honoring Bryan Lourd at Alice Tully Hall on February 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Lincoln Center)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 49th Golden Camera Awards at Tempelhof Airport on February 1, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Diane Von Furstenberg, attends Diane Von Furstenberg's Journey of A Dress Exhibition Opening Celebration at May Company Building at LACMA West on January 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Diane Von Furstenberg)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Gwyneth Paltrow poses in the winners room at the British Fashion Awards 2013 at London Coliseum on December 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Matthew Williamson and Gwyneth Paltrow Kids Company dinner at aqua shard on November 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 07: Gwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration In Paris at Printemps Haussmann on November 7, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 'Thanks For Sharing' - Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on September 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Thanks For Sharing' at ArcLight Cinemas on September 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 10: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow signs books during Authors Night For The East Hampton Library at Gardiner's Farm on August 10, 2013 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for East Hampton Library)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends Meet The Developer at the Apple Store Soho on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4448 -- Pictured: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives on April 25, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 24: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 'Iron Man 3' - Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)
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"I didn't think about it at the time, but I'm sure it did help with my career," the now 42-year-old actress admits about the start of all the paparazzi attention when the two got together on the set of Seven. "I definitely fell in love with him. He was so gorgeous, and sweet -- I mean, he was Brad Pitt, you know?"

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Her parents, the late Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, also 100 percent approved. "My father was so devastated when we broke up," she dishes. "My father loved him like he was his son."

In hindsight, she blames the demise of their relationship on her youth.

"I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met," she explains. "It's taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass. You can't make that decision when you're 22 years old, you know? ... I think I was a kid and I wasn't ready, and he was too good for me."

These days, Gwyneth says she and Brad are "friendly" when they see each other, though she doesn't "hang out with him."

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Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 13: Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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WEST LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Brad Pitt and Gweneth Paltrow (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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But when it comes to Ben Affleck, Gwyneth looks back on her three-year relationship with him with a little less affection. The two dated on and off again from 1997 to 2000, and according to Gwyneth, her parents were not exactly fans of the relationship.

"I think they appreciated how he's super intelligent and he's really, really talented and so funny, but he was not in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend," she says. "I think they were OK with the two of us not being together."

However, the Oscar winners were able to remain friends, and she has nothing but praise for his wife Jennifer Garner.

"I like him," she says. "He settled down, and his wife is awesome. Not only is she beautiful, she's so warm, and she cooks, and is so into her kids. She's really great. I like her a lot."

"I think that when you're in your twenties, you can get swept up in all that [good looks]," she adds when Stern calls her out on her amazingly attractive exes. "When you're a kid, you tend to be more shallow and you're also immature, so you think that being with a good looking person validates yourself in some kind of way. It's not true."

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382627 02: Actors Ben Affleck, as Buddy Amaral, a hot shot urban ad executive, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Abby Janello, a struggling single mom, act in a scene from Don Ross'' 'Bounce.' (Photo by Eric Lee/Miramax Films/Newsmakers)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 13 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwyneth Paltrow, Fiona Apple, Ben Affleck during 'Closing' on February 19, 2000 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
382627 05: Actors Ben Affleck, as Buddy Amaral, a hot shot urban ad executive, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Abby Janello, a struggling single mom, act in a scene from Don Ross'' 'Bounce.' (Photo by Eric Lee/Miramax Films/Newsmakers)
(L-R) Director John Madden, actors Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow, and screenwriter Tom Stoppard at film premiere of their Shakespeare In Love. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Ben Affleck attend the Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
372561 02: Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow arrive at Los Angeles Airport December 14, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA. The couple star together in 'Shakespeare In Love'. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA)
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As for Gwyneth's consciously uncoupled husband Chris Martin, she credits his music with helping her cope with the death of her father in 2002 due to cancer.

"I really loved his music before I met him," she shares. But she initially resisted the romance.

"This is crazy, I can't fall in love with a 25-year-old rock star," she recalls about meeting him at his concert when she was 30, then going backstage where the two hit it off.

Though the two eventually split in March 2014 after 10 years of marriage, she still obviously has plenty of love for him.

"He's lovely, he's such a sweetheart," she says. "We actually have a really strong friendship and we laugh a lot."

And does she approve of his reported new love Jennifer Lawrence?

"Who says I don't approve?" she quipped when Stern briefly broached the subject. "Why not?"

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Gwyneth also gushed over her ex at the amfAR gala in October, when she introduced a surprise performance by Coldplay.

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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)
KAUAI, HI - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen on May 01, 2002 in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
KAUAI, HI - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen on May 01, 2002 in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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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