Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured with new husband Brad Falchuk
Gwyneth Paltrow, that font of family wisdom, says she has decided to live separately from her new husband because she does not want to upset his two teenagers.
& # 39; It is pretty intense, the teen thing & # 39 ;, explains Gwynnie, who has a daughter, Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12, with ex-husband Chris Martin.
& # 39; I have never been a stepmother. I do not know how to do it. & # 39; None of us, Gwynnie. I certainly did not do that when I became a stepmother.
But if she even gets half well, her relationship with her stepchildren will bring lifelong rewards.
That's why I think she has to retire with the new husband Brad Falchuk and really become part of his family, regardless of her anxiety.
Yes, all stepmothers are faced with challenges. The children are immediately suspicious, indoctrinated from a small age to believe in & # 39; bad & # 39; stepmothers in fairytales – those who leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, poison Snow White, abuse Cinderella.
Then there are the hateful real mothers and ex-women to contend with. No wonder research shows that stepmothers are more susceptible to anxiety and depression.
I can only say that it is worthwhile to confront your fears and get to know your stepchildren. My stepson, now in his mid-twenties, is one of the lasting joys of my life. He and his girlfriend – and even his father, who I separated from a decade ago – will come to help me decorate the Christmas tree and we will spend the time collapsed on banks watching bad movies.
And that, despite being a pretty hopeless stepmother, is uncertain whether my role was confidential, cleaner or counsel. As for the hormones that Gwynnie is talking about, they can make a suggestion about de-stacking the dishwasher in a nuclear war.
You have to work on it, find a role, keep away when necessary and accept it when they say: & # 39; You can not tell me what to do, you are not my mother! & # 39; Nothing can replace the bond between mother and mother child.
But the dividends are huge. When I first read about Gwynnie & # 39; s reluctance to take on the role, I thought she was just recovering. But as a deeply disfigured stepmother myself, I can tell her she actually misses it.
More from Eleanor
In the past, Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson (26) said she hesitated to console on the screen, even in love scenes with Aidan Turner. & # 39; I do not do it because I'm still so young and once it gets there, it's there. & # 39; Now she makes her perfect love for a lesbian love-in with Keira Knightley in film Colette. My, she has not grown up quickly!
In the past, Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson (26) said she was reluctant to console on the screen
Now she exposes her perfect pertence for a lesbian love-in with Keira Knightley in film Colette. My, she has not grown up quickly!
Ask about Fiona & # 39; s new job
Fiona Bruce is confirmed as a replacement for David Dimbleby during question time. The appointment of the news at Ten Autocutie, famous for its nasty opining on Antiques Roadshow, is undoubtedly the end of a serious political discourse on the Beeb – now so inept that they could not even organize a debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
Why does Ryanair carry out a high-ranking battle for compensation for customers after flights were canceled due to strikes? The cheap airline is what it says on the tin – unreliable, often late, but cheap as chips.
It was wrong for a well-meaning Christian to crush the dreams of young children by saying during the school meeting that Santa did not exist and encouraging them to break chocolate Santas.
Our ritual as children was to see dad at the fire roots and half a sherry, so when Santa came down the chimney, he had a bite for Rudolph and a drink for him. It took a long time before we realized that it was the reason that Dad always got out of bed so slowly on Christmas Day.
It is a big assignment for titchy Tom
In a video posted to its 6.6 million Twitter followers, Tom Cruise urges fans to adjust their high-definition TV's because the way they fade movement makes us happy with its blockbuster movies affects. Could he also come up with an environment that makes him look bigger than his 5ft 7in in stacked Cuban heels?
Or is that mission impossible?
Tom Cruise urges fans to adjust their high-definition TVs because the way they blur motion affects our enjoyment of blockbuster movies
Save me the Michelle Obama love-in as she hits London to promote her memoires of £ 2 million, Becoming. The ex-first lady went to a school she had visited nine years ago and told the girls that they could look like her, that every dream was possible. Indeed . . . everything you need to succeed in life is a degree in Harvard's rights, a job of £ 200,000 a year, and then to marry the next US president.
Spice Girl Mel C says she needs therapy to help her enter the band's reunion tour. It is not a contraction she needs, but an accountant, to advise her how she will invest the £ 2.5 million that she gets in the pocket.
The Holly and the jealousy, Ant?
The stonkingly successful new I am a celebrity presenter Holly Willoughby films an ant from co-host Dec's shirt while he screams of fear, while the unfortunate little critter clings to him (below) – evidence, perhaps that Dec & # 39 ; s ex-sidekick Ant isn & # 39; I'll be back soon.
The stonkingly successful new I & # 39; m A Celebrity presenter Holly Willoughby films an ant from the same box Dec & # 39; s shirt while he screams of fear
Rachel Weisz, 48, says that her daughter with Daniel Craig was a miracle and that she is not trying anymore. They will spend Christmas in the country and they have not even planned what they are going to cook. A girl to my own heart.
- Half of the British thought Theresa May should have stopped when she became the first prime minister in 40 years to lose three votes in one session. Yet she remains on soldiers while turning on the Christmas lights in Downing Street to the melody of O Come All Ye Faithful. A more fitting carol, given that so many of the Tory believers seem to leave her, would have been In The Bleak Midwinter.
- BORIS Johnson apologized for not revealing £ 50,000 in revenue because he had forgotten them. It is hardly a certificate for a man who wants to be our prime minister, if he considers an amount that is almost twice the national wage as a separate change & # 39 ;.
Social climber Meg
The BBC has created a Rodgers and Hammerstein-like musical to celebrate the lives of our Megs. Crikey, the Duchess of Sussex, has been on the job for only six months and now Mary is already competing with Maria in The Sound Of Music. You have to hand it over to the upward mobile former actress – she's certainly climbed each mountain & # 39; to come where she is now.
After the society wedding of the month, the bride of the Marquise of Blandford, Camilla, gave an interview to Tatler, in which the interior designer revealed that some of their guests had sex on the cricket ground of Blenheim Palace. Not very stylish, sweetheart, for the wife of the future thirteenth duke of Marlborough.
The producer of the Bridget Jones movies says that he plans to continue to make them into old age, the franchise has already earned £ 650 million.
& # 39; She is a character that we absolutely love, & # 39; claims Eric Fellner.
As a devotee, I am not convinced that the Bridget Jones Dotage will allow us to rummage through our Zimmer boxes to view it.