'I found the Brad I was supposed to marry': Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt open up on their relationship
Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow feel it's "lovely" to have each other as friends now. The 58-year-old actor discusses his new clothing brand, God's True Cashmere, on the 49-year-old actress' website, Goop, and the former couple talk about not ending up together.
Paltrow and Pitt got engaged in 1994 and decided to call it quits in 1997. The actress talked about how her late father, Bruce, was excited to have Pitt as his son-in-law but added "even though we didn’t get married, unfortunately." Pitt laughed and said, "Right. Oh man, everything works out, doesn't it?" Paltrow then replied, "Yes, it does. I finally found the Brad I was supposed to marry. It just took me 20 years."
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Brad Pitt loves Gwyneth Paltrow's dad 🥺 and still is friendly with her and has respect and admiration and love for her after all those years. #BradPitt #GwynethPaltrow pic.twitter.com/Qu3KvdOfwc— bradpitt (@mrsbradpitt_) June 14, 2022
Pitt added, "And it's lovely to have you as a friend now," to which the actress responded, "It is." Pitt then said, "And I do love you," and Paltrow replied, "I love you so much." The actress married producer Brad Falchuk in September 2018. Talking about Paltrow's father, Pitt added, "One of the many things I loved about Bruce—because he did have a profound effect on me and is someone I still think about—was he really fostered your voice, your independence."
"He carved the way for you guys to be who you are. And I think that's so important to parenting, you know? So the child is free to find out who they are and what they love and what they don’t. You guys were just so free in your conversations. And witty. And intelligent. And funny as f*ck. He could be tough if he needed to be, but it would be rare—only if someone was out of line. And it would come with... not a slap on the wrist but a little drop of wisdom, and he'd let you make the choice," he continued.
The former couple, who dated in the ‘90s, have maintained a strong friendship. https://t.co/GQqnaPn6Wi— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 14, 2022
"That seemed to be his way. Just to offer you this wisdom and let you figure it out. And knowing to have that faith in your child—they'll get there when they get there. That man was funny. He was funny. And you guys were so funny together, ripping across the table, which was a rarity that I hadn’t experienced much, and I loved it. The fun you guys had was infectious. You could just see just how much he adored you," recalled Pitt.
The actor further revealed, "We were always going to get his opinion, but there was a fairness to it that I really appreciated. I think that struck a chord with me." When Paltrow asked, "Did you feel paternal energy from him?" Pitt replied, "One hundred percent. I felt that same kind of guidance that you would get from a coach or a mentor." The actress agreed and said, "Me too. I mean, he was my father, but he was very much a mentor. He loved being that role for the people that he really loved, and you were definitely one of them."
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, who called off their engagement in 1997, reunited for an intimate conversation pic.twitter.com/9TdTTWLMW8— Gregory Shelton (@gregorymelody) June 15, 2022