Gwyneth: Mom's the Word
"It's nice to be involved with an artist," Paltrow told London's Daily Mirror about her husband, Coldplay's Chris Martin (together in Kauai in May), whom she met at a party in September 2002. "Chris is someone who understands the artistic temperament, which can be quite difficult, and he understands my perspective and where I'm coming from."
Paltrow (showing her budding stomach in New York City on Dec. 1) predicted back in 1999 that she would balance acting and motherhood one day, citing actresses such as mom Blythe Danner, Meg Ryan and Jessica Lange as role models. "All of these women are working actors and they're all mothers," London's Daily Mail reported her as saying. "It's quite possible."
The death of Paltrow's father, Bruce, from throat cancer on Oct. 3, 2002, was her "worst nightmare. ... He was the one person in your life that you always think, 'I'm safe because they're there,' " Paltrow (with her dad at the 1999 Oscars, when she won Best Actress honors for Shakespeare in Love) told USA Today.
Long before Martin stole her heart, Brad Pitt was the object of Gwyneth's affection. After two and a half years, they became engaged. In September 1995, Paltrow told Interview magazine that her 10-year plan included being married "with three or four children." Sadly, the pair – he was 33; she, 24 at the time – split in June 1997.
Wooed by Wilson
After meeting on the set of The Royal Tenenbaums, Paltrow and costar Luke Wilson (left in July 2001) began dating. After they broke up in early 2002, she opened up, telling InStyle in August 2002 that she was no longer wed to the idea of marriage but wondered if it's "what I'm supposed to be doing."
Next for Paltrow was Ben Affleck. They began dating in early 1998, and though Affleck called Paltrow the "woman that I love," PEOPLE reported that year, she stayed mum, telling London's Daily Mail six months later that she "would prefer to keep that relationship private." The pair (at the 1999 SAG Awards) called it quits but remained friends.