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Gwyneth Paltrow (Photo Credit: WikiCommons/MGN Online)

Just a couple days after Gwyneth Paltrow announced she and her husband of 11 years, Chris Martin, were separating, she’s making headlines again, and this time for a comment she made about working moms.

In an interview with E! News, the actress said, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening.

When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult.

I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

Many working moms have taken offense to that comment; one mom, named Mackenzie, wrote an open letter to Paltrow that’s in the New York Post.

It said, in part, “Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year” is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra.

And I know all my fellow working-mom friends feel the same. Am I right, ladies?

We’re always gabbing about how easy it is to balance work and home life. Whenever I meet with them at one of our weekly get-togethers — a breeze to schedule, because reliable baby sitters often roam my neighborhood in packs, holding up signs peddling their services — we have a competition to see who has it easier.

*READ the entire letter*


  • Fox8 Editor-in-Chief

    Where was this lady when michelle Obama called herself a single working mom last year.

  • HeatherAnne

    This is too funny! Love it! She is absolutely right! Us 8 – 5 moms just have it so easy compared to a multimillionaire lol

    • Sue

      Heather, you are so right. I was a working single mother. I am now retired. I worked 8AM-4PM daily Monday- Friday, and a lot of times Saturdays and Sundays as well. It was no picnic. I had to pay a sitter. I had next to no help at all from former in-laws, or her father.

  • kathie

    There are a few REAL people in Hollyweird, but generally, I pay absolutely no attention to what they say — they’re all “experts” on politics, motherhood, psychoanalysis (Oprah….LOL) etc etc — in their own minds. They live in a fairytale world and should communicate only with their Hollyweird friends……..they understand each other…..LOL

  • Tina

    Really? This woman was so offended she wrote a super whiny letter? I work full-time (I’ll have 60 hours this week and I’m salary, so yay for getting paid less). It’s no where near as difficult as being away from your kids! At least I get to be home at night, in my bed, and cuddle with my daughters after work. And, the broad lacks reading comprehension, or is willfully ignorant of what Paltrow actually said. I’m not a fan of Paltrow, but if you’re going to vilify someone, at least have your facts straight! She does enough kooky stuff that one could rip her apart for, without manufacturing it.

  • Mike

    I sit here and read all of these whiny ladies about being single parents. What about single dads who have to struggle because of the child’s mom is a sit at home mom with more then one child collecting all the government hand outs? So maybe you need to take a step back and stop B*tching.

  • April

    I think it would be better to stop comparing lives and start living your own. We mostly make our lives what they are. I’ve made bad choices. And I’m paying for them. I’ve made great choices and I’m reaping them. If making that much money is that important to a person then they will sacrifice seeing their children. And their children will also sacrafice. If seeing your kids is more important than making money then you will skim by and be with your kids. Why complain about her money if you want to be with your kids?? She’s getting what she wants.

  • April

    After the first few million id bet it’s safe to say she don’t HAVE to be away from her kids. It’s her way of publicly defending her bad parenting choices. To the mother’s working 60hrs salary because you HAVE TOO…..those comments are not intended for you. You see people, there’s a diffirence.

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