Exes Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt reunited for Goop, and while the interview is tied to paisley, it’s a delightful trip down memory lane for anyone who remembers their romance 25 years ago. And it’s clear that the two remember their time together fondly.
Gwyneth and Pitt met in 1994 filming Se7en. She proposed to him in 1996, but they separated the following year. Pitt was very close to Gwyneth’s late father, actor Bruce Paltrow, throughout their relationship. In the interview published Tuesday, Pitt credits the Paltrows with introducing him to some of the luxuries of her life.
“Bruce taught me about cashmere, how nice a bottle of red is, what a good bottle of wine means, and how to experience it. And I really appreciate that. Hanging out with you guys sanded down some of my country rough edges.” the Oklahoma native shared. “It tickled my luxury gene that I always had somewhere but didn’t have access to.”
Although Pitt was promoting his new venture God’s True Cashmere, available on Goop, of course, the interview quickly got personal.
“Since it’s almost Father’s Day, I’m going to ask you about Bruce. I’ll never forget when we got engaged and he came to me one day, his eyes full of tears, and he said, ‘You know, I never really realized what they mean when they say you’re gaining a child. Like, I’m gaining a child. What impact did it have on you? Why did you love him, even though unfortunately we didn’t get married? Gwyneth asked.
“Yeah, sure,” Pitt laughed. “Oh man, it all works out, doesn’t it?”
“Yes, it does. I finally found the Brad I was supposed to marry. It only took me 20 years,” Gwyneth joked. the Talented Mr. Ripley the star married writer Brad Falchuk in 2018.
Pitt said “it’s lovely” to have the actress “as a friend now” and she agreed.
“And I love you,” Pitt added.
“I love you so much,” Gwyneth replied.
Pitt praised Bruce for his parenting style, telling Gwyneth that “it really fostered your voice, your independence.
“He paved the way for you guys to be who you are. And I think that’s very important for parenting, you know? For the child to be free to find out who they are and what they love and what they don’t. You guys were so free in their conversations. And witty. And smart. And fucking funny,” Pitt recalled. “They were so much fun together, smashing the table, which was a rarity I hadn’t experienced much, and I loved it. The fun they had was contagious. You could see how much he adored you.”
Apparently Gwyneth’s 18-year-old daughter Apple, whom she shares with ex-husband Chris Martin, is “funny as Bruce.”
Gwyneth has spoken before about how much Bruce adored Pitt.
“My father was so devastated when we broke up,” he told Howard Stern in 2015. “My father loved him like a son.” Gwyneth would not confirm that it was she who left Pitt, but she did say: “She was a girl.
“I was 22 when we met. It took me until I was 40 to get my head out of my ass. You can’t make that decision when you’re 22,” he recalled. “I wasn’t ready and he was too good for me… he didn’t know what he was doing.”