Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk face 'rough patch' in marriage as she STILL gushes over ex Brad Pitt
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Gwyneth Paltrow apparently calls the shots in her marriage to Brad Falchuk, whose friends are apparently begging him to get out from under his wife's thumb, sources have claimed.
The 'Glee' co-creator, 51, took the holy vows with the 'Ironman' actress, 50, in 2018. However, Paltrow continues to gush over her old flames, including her former fiance Brad Pitt. The 'Fight Club' star, 58, reportedly popped the question to the Hollywood beauty in December 2016, but the pair never walked down the aisle as Paltrow was not ready to settle down. They eventually ended their relationship after six months of engagement. The actress recently raised eyebrows when she professed her love for her ex, saying, "I adore him."
"Brad used to push back when Gwyneth bossed him around or made inappropriate or cringeworthy public revelations about their sex life — or her feelings for her exes," a source told Radar Online, "But he eventually realized it was pointless." Falchuk has apparently felt like a "poor version" of Pitt "forever" but knows he can't curb his wife's fixation on her past, the insider said. Despite being a Hollywood power player, Falchuk lets Paltrow walk all over him -- even after it allegedly makes him feel miserable. "If all the oversharing wasn't enough, he's also on house duty and expected to be at her beck and call," the source added. Meanwhile, their close pals told the outlet that they recently "hit a rough patch" after having spent much of their marriage living apart.
Tipsters told Radar Online that Paltrow allegedly promised to be less controlling and critical, but went back on her word. One insider said Falchuk loves his wife deeply and respects her close friendships with her exes, including Pitt, the newly hitched Ben Affleck, and former husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. That said, "his friends would like to see him stop being such a pushover." The source warned, "Gwyneth needs to wake up and appreciate what she's got — before she pushes him over the edge."
Earlier this year, a source told OK! magazine that the duo was already in a "rut" and decided to take "mini-breaks" away from each other. "Taking time apart to get closer sounds like a recipe for disaster to their friends," the insider shared back in January. "Then again, Gwyneth has never done things the conventional way." Another source claimed in April that Falchuk was "itching for some excitement" in their marriage, especially in the bedroom department. While he wishes he could cuddle with his wife and have a glass of wine, the actress apparently insists on maintaining a strict routine that does not allow spontaneity and romance. “It’s lights out at nine most nights, and she ditched the lingerie a long time ago,” the insider said of the 'Goop' founder. “Now it’s just PJs, skincare masks, and a cup of hot tea.”
Falchuk and Paltrow first met in 2010 during her guest appearance as substitute teacher Holly Holliday on 'Glee'. At the time, she was still married to ex Chris Martin while the TV writer was married to producer Suzanne Bukinik. They eventually split from their respective spouses and quietly began dating in August 2014. The pair went public with their relationship exactly a year later at Paltrow's pal and costar Robert Downey Jr's 50th birthday party in April 2015.
The lovers got engaged in 2017 and eventually tied the knot on September 29, 2018, in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. The acclaimed actress became a stepmother to Falchuk's teenage children Isabella and Brody. Paltrow also has two children, Apple and Moses, with her former husband Chris Martin.