Almost year after 'consciously uncoupling' from husband Chris Martin Gwyneth Paltrow has finally opened up about why she ended her 10 year marriage to the Coldplay front man in a revealing new interview with US Marie Claire.
The rumour mill ran wild with various speculation as to why the couple pulled the plug in March 2014, but it seems as though the decision was an amicable one, based purely on the desire to explore personal growth and exercise self-love – well at least on the part of 42-year-old Gwyneth anyway.
"There was nothing dramatic or anything," the February cover star told the magazine.
"I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore, and 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," she admits.
"We've worked really f**king hard to get to [this] point," Gwyneth adds. "But we're very, very close, and it's so nice. I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have," she said.
It really does sound like the most grown-up break-up there ever was.
The mother-of-two looks striking in the midriff-bearing photo shoot which accompanies the interview. Her taut frame and signature blonde locks blowing in the wind are befitting of an Oscar-winner, but Gwyn also opened up about her plans for her entrepreneurial empire expansion.
In her chat with the glossy Paltrow talked about her struggles as a businesswoman and her hopes for her lifestyle website, GOOP.
"I know what I want to do, and I'm going to do it," Gwyn told the mag.
"I don't care so much about the men, but I wish that women were slightly more understanding of other women."
Adding: "A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There's room for everybody."
The Iron Man star, who is also mum to daughter Apple, 10, and son Moses, 8, also shared some thoughts on parenting.
"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, I find that demoralising and unhelpful," said Gwyn.
Adding: "Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation? I don't see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion."