Gwyneth Paltrow Says The Key To A Strong Marriage Is Neither Party Asking For A Divorce — At The Same Time

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Gwyneth PaltrowDespite her marital advice on squabble-diffusing blowjays, Gwyneth Paltrow says that her marriage to Chris Martin can be pretty tough. Like all relationships as the old adage goes. They may have been together through two kids and nearly 10 years, but it certainly hasn’t been a cake walk. According to Gwyneth, there have been “terrible times” in the Paltrow-Martin household.

Gwyneth reportedly told Glamour U.K in the June issue that she and her husband are very different people. She describes herself as a “very grounded, homey person” and her husband as “a very mad scientist, genius songwriter.” It’s apparently for that reason that she chooses not to impose any restrictions on his time:

 “So I never say, ‘Where are you? You should be home by now.’ I never place demands on him because I think he’s a really talented man and he’s putting something good into the world.”

Gwyneth walks through the standard talking points of “it’s hard being married,” “we’re the same as any couple,” advocating hard work and all that. But in these times of great marital strife, Gwyneth once went to her late father for advice who brought up the issue of timing:

“I asked my dad once, ‘How did you and Mom stay married for 33 years?'” she tells the mag. “And he said, ‘Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.'”

“I think that’s what happens,” she continues. “When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person’s saying, ‘Come on, we can do this,’ you carry on.”

I guess timing really is everything?

(photo: Brian To/