"There was nothing dramatic or anything. I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore," she told Marie Claire for its February issue. "I really had the sense that I wasn’t allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall."
Since the separation, which Paltrow famously termed a "conscious uncoupling," the whole family has been seen out and about together, with the exes looking very friendly.
"We’ve worked really f****** hard to get to [this] point. But we’re very, very close, and it’s so nice," she said. "I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."