Gwyneth Paltrow covers Harper’s Bazaar March 2012 in a shoot that was, obviously, taken on an Instamatic in Uncle Terry’s basement. It’s the shadows. And the fear in her eyes. Dead giveaway. I should probably, habitually, hate everything about the cover. But MEH. I like the hair, make-up, and I’m won over by the fit of the shiny trash bag jumpsuit. Top is the newsstand cover. Below, on the subs cover, you only get to see the side of her head. There’s a photo shoot below along with another interview in which GOOP namedrops her bestie, BOOP. Also below, again, she condones cheating as perfectly okay, as she did last year.
- On whether she’ll get botox, as she once said she would: ‘I’ll take my wrinkles. I don’t like the Botox thing.’ She admits ‘little things, like lasers’ and regular facials.
- On… WTF is GOOP: ‘Everything I’ve done has been completely organic, and that’s why the brand is a strong brand, because there is no ulterior motive behind it.’
- On her husband, whom she tolerates despite his being British: ‘He’s very communicative, which is rare for a British man. If I’m in L.A. for three days working, then my husband does the school run; it’s always one of us,’ although they do have a nanny for the children. ‘She’s French, so she’s teaching them French, and their previous nanny was Spanish, so they’re fluent in Spanish.’ But it’s Gwyneth who gives the children their bath… ‘we all get into the tub together.’
- On her kids clothes and sexuality: ‘I’ve been saving my clothes for her since before she was born. I was like, I’ll bet you anything I’ll have a daughter, and she’ll be a really cool butch lesbian and be so above clothes, and I got a very clothes-obsessed child. So if she’s a lesbian, she’s a lipstick lesbian. She doesn’t like anything avant-garde at all. She likes anything that’s pretty, pretty, pretty or has a bow or a ruffle or is pink.’
- GOOP on BOOP: As it happens, while Beyoncé was headlining the Glastonbury Festival last June, the night after Coldplay, Gwyneth was watching by the side of the stage with Jay-Z and testifies to the fact that her friend’s performance was punctuated by the miserable side effects of early pregnancy: ‘She was absolutely incredible, especially as she was barfing in between.’
- On marriage and ‘traditional’ values: ‘I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home.’ Hence her recent advice to a girlfriend. ‘She is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It’s been all about you and you’re a big deal. And if you want what you’re saying you want, a family, you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family.’
- On cheaters and condoning cheating because MEH: ‘I had a boyfriend who used to cheat on me all the time. I was quite naive. I knew on a cellular level, but I bought his story… [But] The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get. Life is long. I have friends who I love and admire who have had an affair. When I was younger, I would have said he’s a terrible person or she’s a terrible person. But who made these laws? I think you do fall in and out of love and you just keep going, and every time you go through a really difficult phase, you rediscover something new and it just gets better. We’ve been married for more than eight years now, and we’re still into it.’