Gwyneth Paltrow discusses stepmotherhood with Gabrielle Union

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They have had to approach motherhood from all angles, including being a “stepmother” to the children of their significant others from previous relationships.

And Gwyneth Paltrow spoke candidly about the daunting nature of stepparents with fellow stepmother and actress Gabrielle Union on the most recent episode of The goop Podcast.

When I became a stepmother, when I knew I was going to be a stepmother, I thought, ‘Oh, I have no idea how to do this,’ admitted the 48-year-old Iron Man star.

Candid: Gwyneth Paltrow spoke candidly about the daunting nature of stepmotherhood with fellow stepmother and actress Gabrielle Union on the most recent episode of The goop Podcast

Candid: Gwyneth Paltrow spoke candidly about the daunting nature of stepmotherhood with fellow stepmother and actress Gabrielle Union on the most recent episode of The goop Podcast

Candid: Gwyneth Paltrow spoke candidly about the daunting nature of stepmotherhood with fellow stepmother and actress Gabrielle Union on the most recent episode of The goop Podcast

Candid: Gwyneth Paltrow spoke candidly about the daunting nature of stepmotherhood with fellow stepmother and actress Gabrielle Union on the most recent episode of The goop Podcast

‘There is nothing to read. What shall I do? Where do I get in? Where should I not go? How do I do this? ‘

Before recalling the confusion of early stepparents, Gwyneth described her stepchildren, daughter Isabella and son Brody, as’ beautiful ‘and’ as old as [her kids]

Isabella and Brody are the children of Platrow’s current husband Brad Falchuk, whom he welcomed with ex-wife Suzanne Bukinik during their nearly 20-year marriage.

‘It’s been a really interesting challenge for me and I love them and learned so much about myself in the process,’ she added.

Discouraging: 'When I became a stepmother, when I knew I was going to be a stepmother, I thought,' Oh, I have no idea how to do this, 'admitted the Iron Man star, 48

Discouraging: 'When I became a stepmother, when I knew I was going to be a stepmother, I thought,' Oh, I have no idea how to do this, 'admitted the Iron Man star, 48

Discouraging: ‘When I became a stepmother, when I knew I was going to be a stepmother, I thought,’ Oh, I have no idea how to do this, ‘admitted the Iron Man star, 48

Gwyneth has two children, 16-year-old daughter Apple and 14-year-old son Moses, with ex-musician Chris Martin, 44, from whom she divorced in 2016 after 13 years of marriage.

Martin, who is the frontman of the band Coldplay, has a long-standing romance with actress Dakota Johnson, 31.

Meanwhile, Gabrielle welcomed her first and only child, daughter Kaavia James, with husband and NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2018.

Stepparents: Before Gwyneth recalled the confusion of early stepparents, she described her stepchildren, daughter Isabella and son Brody, as' beautiful 'and' as old as [her kids]Moses and Brad pictured

Stepparents: Before recalling the confusions of early stepparents, Gwyneth described her stepchildren, daughter Isabella and son Brody, as' beautiful 'and' as old as [her kids]Moses and Brad pictured

Stepparents: Before remembering the confusions of early stepparents, Gwyneth described her stepchildren, daughter Isabella and son Brody, as’ beautiful ‘and’ as old as [her kids]Moses and Brad pictured

Experienced: Gwyneth has two children, 16-year-old daughter Apple and 14-year-old son Moses, with ex-musician Chris Martin, 44, from whom she divorced in 2016 after 13 years of marriage

Experienced: Gwyneth has two children, 16-year-old daughter Apple and 14-year-old son Moses, with ex-musician Chris Martin, 44, from whom she divorced in 2016 after 13 years of marriage

Experienced: Gwyneth has two children, 16-year-old daughter Apple and 14-year-old son Moses, with ex-musician Chris Martin, 44, from whom she divorced in 2016 after 13 years of marriage

The Bring It On Star, 48, married the 39-year-old former professional basketball player in 2014.

Along with raising a now two-year-old daughter, Union happily has stepparents Dwyane’s sons Zaire, 19, and Xavier, seven, as well as daughter Zaya, 13.

In a conversation with Paltrow, Union admitted that, based on personal experience, she was “trying to do the opposite of what I think my stepmother did wrong or could have done better.”

Union’s mother and father, Sylvester and Theresa, reportedly divorced ‘amicably’ after being together for 30 years, and Sylvester later remarried.

Blended: Meanwhile, Gabrielle welcomed her first and only child, daughter Kaavia James, with husband and NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2018

Blended: Meanwhile, Gabrielle welcomed her first and only child, daughter Kaavia James, with husband and NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2018

Blended: Meanwhile, Gabrielle welcomed her first and only child, daughter Kaavia James, with husband and NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2018

Gabrielle stressed, “Whoever you are, just be consistent so everyone can get used to who you really are and you don’t do an act and then the mask falls off.”

The stunner also noted the importance of not saying or associating negativity with the “ biological parents of a stepchild, whom she called ‘staying above the fray.’

She also advised other stepparents to stay “ above the fray ” so as not to say anything negative about your stepchildren’s biological parents.

Dwyane shares son Zaire and daughter Zaya with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, 39, while she shares son, seven-year-old son Xavier, with ex Aja Metoyer.

Pride: Along with raising a now two-year-old daughter, Union is delighted to have Dwyane's sons, Zaire, 19, and Xavier, seven, as well as daughter Zaya, 13;  Gabrielle and Zaya in the picture

Pride: Along with raising a now two-year-old daughter, Union is delighted to have Dwyane's sons, Zaire, 19, and Xavier, seven, as well as daughter Zaya, 13;  Gabrielle and Zaya in the picture

Pride: Along with raising a now two-year-old daughter, Union is delighted to have Dwyane’s sons, Zaire, 19, and Xavier, seven, as well as daughter Zaya, 13; Gabrielle and Zaya in the picture

Consistency: 'Whoever you are, just be consistent so everyone can get used to who you really are and you don't do an act and then the mask falls off,' she stressed: Gabrielle in the photo

Consistency: 'Whoever you are, just be consistent so everyone can get used to who you really are and you don't do an act and then the mask falls off,' she stressed: Gabrielle in the photo

Consistency: ‘Whoever you are, just be consistent so everyone can get used to who you really are and you don’t do an act and then the mask falls off,’ she stressed: Gabrielle in the photo