Gwyneth Paltrow offended working moms everywhere when she said that women who work 9-to-5 jobs have a lot more flexibility and freedom. Trying to set the record straight, Chris Martin's ex took to Goop this week to write a journal entry about the original interview. But if you're expecting an apology don't wait too long. It doesn't seem to be coming.
"A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed," she wrote on Goop on Thursday, May 8. "So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule."
"This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject," Apple's mom continued. "As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women."
There's no question that women don't cut each other enough slack. And working moms have long had a beef with stay-at-home mothers who complain about their difficult days. But there's another issue that Gwyneth Paltrow will always have trouble fighting: As far as fans can tell, her life is pretty fabulous.
Yes, she announced a split from her husband, Chris Martin, in January. But their joint net worth, according to reports, is a whopping $280 million. And since her separation became public she has looked flawless at every turn.
Whether her mysterious glow is from expensive facials or more beauty sleep, Paltrow has resources that most of us don't have. So even her conscious uncoupling got little empathy.
The truth is celebrities seem to bounce back from breakups in ways we could never imagine. Days after announcing a split their complexions are glowing, their figures are flawless and their hair is parted in just the right way.
Is it a carefully crafted public-relations move to show the world they're OK? Or is it simply a matter of making themselves feel better (like we all do) with pretty dresses and makeup?
Take a look at seven of the new single sex symbols in Hollywood:
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," Paltrow and Martin announced on the Goop's website in March. "We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate," they say. "We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been."
"We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner," the Goop post finishes.
Nevertheless the mom of two has looked better than ever in the last two months. Could it be all the expensive Goop products she's using?
2. Hilary Duff
After announcing a separation from her husband in January, Hilary Duff has looked better than ever. Maybe her glow is due to her amicable relationship with ex Mike Comrie.
"We are constantly seen together and everyone's like, 'What are they doing? Are they back together, are they not?'" Duff told E!'s Giuliana Rancic. "We are really good friends and we have so much respect for each other, and, obviously, Luca [our son] is our No. 1 priority."
"I think we got to a point where we were like, 'We really need to honor happiness and whatever that is,' and however we need to sort that out or work that out, we're doing that," she said.
3. Olivia Munn
After two years of dating, Olivia Munn and Joel Kinnaman called it quits recently.
"There have been a lot of travel changes in their relationship – their time together has been limited. They used to do everything together," a source told People. Munn traveled to Sweden to meet Kinnaman's parents, but it was not to be.
Nevertheless, the Newsroom actress looked super-sexy at the Met Gala this week. Taking the plunge in a low-cut gown by Diane Von Furstenberg, she left little to the imagination.
4. Nikki Reed
After two years of marriage, Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald announced their split at the end of March. And ever since the Twilight actress has been turning up the heat on the red carpet.
"After much consideration, Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald are ending their marriage. They have been living separately for the past six months due to work obligations," a rep for the actress tells Us.
"They will continue to share their love of music, and are still working on their debut album, I'm Not Falling, releasing in 2014," the statement continues. "They remain best friends and look forward to their continued journey together."
5. Naya Rivera
Since news broke that Naya Rivera and her fiancé Big Sean broke off their engagement, the Glee star has had to deal with endless speculation.
First reports said Big Sean was cheating. Then other articles said she was needy and jealous. And most recently rumors started that she was kicked off of the Fox show.
Despite it all, the brunette beauty has come back swinging looking better than ever. Um, look at those abs!
6. Paula Patton
Paula Patton didn't have an easy time at the end of February after she and husband, Robin Thicke, announced their separation. She was bombarded by countless cheating rumors, and then he made public overtures to get her back.
Despite it all, the leggy brunette showed fans and friends that she can stand on her own two feet. Just a few days after breakup news surfaced, Patton hit the Independent Spirit Awards in a sunny yellow mini that flaunted her gorgeous gams.
At the time she seemed to be taking a page out of Reese Witherspoon's breakup playbook. Remember Witherspoon's amazing yellow Nina Ricci dress?
7. Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel has had a strange few months. After announcing her split from her husband, Taye Diggs, in December 2013, she has become more famous by the day.
First, her Frozen song "Let It Go" topped the charts. Then John Travolta flubbed her name, calling her Adele Dazeem. And don't forget she got the Oscar, too!
The Met Gala this week seemed to be the cherry on top. Showing off a perfect hourglass shape in a second-skin gown by Donna Karan Atelier, the If/Then star was sexier than ever.
Who do you think will date these gorgeous women next? Let us know your take in the comments section below!