Gwyneth Paltrow Dishes on All Her Exes: Brad Pitt Was 'Too Good For Me'
By Antoinette Bueno
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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.
"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?"
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."
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."
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."