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Gwyneth Paltrow on Chris Martin Split: 'I Just Sort of Hit a Wall'

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Jan Welters/Marie Claire

The conscious uncoupling continues for Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin – and it sounds like their 21st-century breakup is working out rather well.

“We’ve worked really f—ing hard to get to [this] point. But we’re very, very close, and it’s so nice,” Paltrow told Marie Claire for its February issue. “I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have.”

Paltrow, 42, says that there was “nothing dramatic” about the divorce – and opens up about the reason for the split.

“I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore,” said the Oscar-winning actress, who stars in the upcoming crime caper Mortdecai, opening Jan. 23.

“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,” she added. “And I just sort of hit a wall.”

Despite all that, Paltrow demonstrated the amicable nature of their split when she referred to Martin, 37, as “Father of the Year” while introducing his performance at the Inspiration Gala for the AIDS charity amfAR in October.

Newly single, the actress says she’s doing her best to balance work and their children – Apple, 10, and Moses, 8 – like any mom.

“I think we are all genuinely doing our best, it’s hard to have children and a career, and all some women seem to do is judge other women’s choices,” Paltrow told the magazine. “I find that demoralizing and unhelpful.”

Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation?” she added. “I don’t see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion.”

Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of Marie Claire
Jan Welters/Marie Claire