Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Conscious Uncoupling, Overcoming Post-Partum Depression And More In Celebration Of Goop’s 10th Anniversary

Gwyneth Paltrow is celebrating a big milestone as Goop turns 10 years old.

To celebrate the one-decade anniversary of the lifestyle brand she launched in 2008, the “Shakespeare in Love” Oscar winner sat down with Goop chief content officer Elise Loehnen for a very special edition of “The Goop Podcast”, chatting about topics ranging from being a CEO to bringing the term “conscious uncoupling” into the lexicon.

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About that: “Do I regret consciously uncoupling? No, not at all,” says Paltrow, although she does admit “the term is a bit dorky. I think I’ve learned so much through this process. I think, sometimes, especially when I look back at some of my most vulnerable moments, I was super earnest and sometimes that’s just cringe-worthy. Where you’re like, ‘Oh, why did I do that?’ But this was a time when I was in a lot of pain. I think Chris and I are very like-minded and that we really were disappointed that our marriage wasn’t going to work, and we weren’t going to have the thing where you’re married to the parent of your children for the rest of your lives.”

During the discussion, the 45-year-old mother of two also opens up about how her struggle with post-partum depression led her to seek alternative therapies. “A doctor tried to put me on antidepressants and I thought, ‘if I need them, then yes, I’ll come back to it,’ but I want to first try and see… Because, of course, I had done some research on them. I think they are lifesavers for certain people for sure. But I thought, well, ‘what if I went to therapy and I started exercising again, and I stopped drinking alcohol and I just gave myself a period of regeneration and I slept more?’ It really broke me out of it.”

(Please note: Please consult a medical professional for your personal medical treatment. Paltrow’s thoughts are her own about her own personal situation.)

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Admitting there’s been a lot to learn since she founded Goop back in 2008, Paltrow says she’s embraced her role as CEO. “I enjoy the big picture parts of the business, then I enjoy the little details,” she says. “It’s critical that we make things of incredible value whether it’s content or product. We’re really trying to make things here which will enrich somebody’s life. I take that really seriously.”

Asked about her long-term goals for the brand, Paltrow admits she typically has “trepidation about answering this question on some level because I think Goop has always really dictated to me who she is as much as I’ve tried to shepherd her into what she is,” she explains, referring to Goop as “she.”

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“Frankly, I think we’re trying to build a significant business,” Paltrow adds. “We’re trying to build a global lifestyle business that matters and that is impactful and new. I never think, ‘Oh, I want to do it just like they did it.’ There are certain aspects of people’s businesses that I really admire. I have mentors that I really look up to and call when I have a specific question for that person.”

You can listen to the entire conversation in the latest edition of “The Goop Podcast”.

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