Gwyneth Paltrow happens to love the phrase having it all, and that's what she covered in her keynote speech at the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference in New York on Friday. Like a true lifestyle student, she started off talking about Goop, an empire that will rule for generations to come and, as she put it, "an actual, real job." The actress/singer/mom may have no problem managing a website, but social media is another story, especially when it comes to her kids:
"When you have children in the public eye, especially where there’s so much media and social media, it’s hard to find a balance. At the end of the day, it’s like, I’m a mom and if they do something supercute, I want to post it, you know? But at the same time, you’re like, Uh. I want my life ... I don’t think they have a great shot at anonymity at this point, but they’re great kids and they’re on a good track and you want to kind of keep them with a good head on their shoulders."
While she's deigned to allow young Apple access to Instagram, her kids still aren't exactly pleased with her strategy:
“They have iPads, and my daughter’s furious I haven’t gotten her a phone yet. She’s 11. That’s still young! She’s like, This one has one and this one has one, and I’m like, You’re 11! It’s a discussion. She has a private Instagram account, and I don’t particularly love it, but I don’t know, this is the world we’re in."
She's also looking to protect them from the press storm that's followed her divorce from Chris Martin since last year:
“I don’t know how much they’re aware of. One of the things I said to them originally when we were separating, I said like, You know, daddy and I are really famous and there’s going to be immodest stuff out there and I can’t control what you’re going to see and what you’re not going to see and what your friends are going to say or ask or whatever, but you know what it is to be here in this house. You know what’s real, you know how much we love you, you know we love each other. I think they understand there’s a difference between the outside world and the inside world.”
Still, it was a conscious uncoupling — she and Chris are "really good friends," remember? ("I really like him! He’s great.") Which makes it easier to drag him to brunch:
“I think even though we couldn’t stay in a romantic relationship, our values are very much around the importance of family and importance of those relationships. ... But we’ve always said, these children are our priority ... so what that really means is, even though today you hate me and you never want to see me again, like, we’re going to brunch! Because it’s Sunday and that’s what we do! That’s what's happening.”
Aw, Gwyneth! Maybe she really is just a regular gal.