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Gwyneth Paltrow is ‘ruthless’ after coping with painful divorce

The actress was heavily mocked after using the term "conscious uncoupling" to describe her break-up.

Gwyneth Paltrow has no regrets over how she handled her highly public divorce from Chris Martin.

The actress split from the Coldplay frontman in 2014 and famously called the separation a "conscious uncoupling" - a term that has been heavily mocked since.

Yet the Oscar-winner maintains that her unique description of the break-up was well intentioned.

"I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive," Paltrow tells The EDIT. "What if I didn't blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100 per cent accountable? What if I checked my own s**t at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?"

"What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she adds.

The 44-year-old believes that in the three years since the split, the phrase has become more accepted, adding, "People are coming around. I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile. I’m always the person who gets s**t at first, but then later people say, ‘Hey, maybe that’s a good idea'. I don’t mind.”

Despite having to cope with public backlash, the Shakespeare in Love star has used her divorce to become stronger.

“I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way - huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss,” the mum of two shares. “And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f**k out of every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things."

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