Perfection is overrated anyway. Gwyneth Paltrow's life may seem charmed from the outside, but like anyone else, she has her share of problems. Underneath the blockbuster movie career, Goop empire, and designer wardrobe is a real -- and self-admittedly flawed -- married mom-of-two.
As the cover girl for Glamour U.K.'s June issue, the Iron Man 3 actress opens up to the magazine about life in London with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, her husband of nearly 10 years. Together, the couple has two children, Apple, 8, and Moses, 7.
"It's hard being married," she admits. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple."
Paltrow, 40 -- who was once engaged to Brad Pitt -- says that the secret to keeping her relationship going is hard work. And timing. "I asked my dad once, 'How did you and Mom stay married for 33 years?'" she tells the mag. "And he said, 'Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.'"
"I think that's what happens," she continues. "When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person's saying, 'Come on, we can do this,' you carry on."
It helps, too, that she and her husband, 36, still genuinely enjoy each other's company after more than a decade together. "We laugh, we're good friends, we like to do the same stuff," she says of the British musician. (The couple live in Martin's native England, which Paltrow calls her "adopted home.")
"I'm a very grounded, homey person, and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter," she adds. "So I never say, 'Where are you? You should be home by now.' I never place demands on him because I think he's a really talented man and he's putting something good into the world."