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Gwyneth Paltrow Apologized To Brad Pitt For Their Breakup In 1997

Once upon a time, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow were one of the hottest couples of the '90s.

They were even engaged! But, alas, as most Hollywood relationships do, things soon fizzled out.

Breaking up is something that Gwyneth regrets to this day. She even issued out a public apology to him. Come see what she had to say!

Brad Pitt's love life has always made headlines.

You know all about Jen and Angelina, but one relationship you might have forgotten about was his one with fellow A-lister, Gwyneth Paltrow.

The former pair first connected when they played husband and wife on the 1995 thriller, Seven.

They ended up dating for three years before Pitt proposed.


According to Entertainment Tonight, the Once a Time in Hollywood actor called the 1996 proposal “one the greatest moments" in his life.

I would love to have Pitt propose to me.

Hollywood doesn't exactly have a good track record for relationships, but the pair were commited to making things work.

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“We’re just not doing movies at the same time,” Paltrow revealed back then.

“He’s gonna have a break while I do my next one and I’m gonna take a break when he does his."

She continued: "So, you really need to do that I think in order to, you know, have a relationship, you know? It’s too difficult to be separated, it really is.”


Despite this, the pair ended up splitting up in 1997.

"When two people aren't supposed to be together, they're not supposed to be together," Paltrow said in 1998.

Their breakup was especially difficult on Gwyneth who almost passed on the role that would eventually win her an Oscar.

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This, of course, was Shakespeare In Love.

“I was in the middle of a terrible breakup [with Pitt], and the idea of going to England and being far from home just seemed … I didn’t even read it,” the actress shared to Us Weekly.

“I was just like, ‘I can’t read anything right now. I’m having a really hard time.’”


She even admitted to having trouble eating, saying that she was "really skinny" after the breakup.

Many years have passed since then, giving the The Goop Lab star plenty of time to reflect on what went wrong in their relationship.

In 2018, she spoke to *WSJ. Magazine* about how she was glad she broke up with Brad when she did.

"I remember when Brad Pitt and I broke up, it was on the cover of the New York Post and there was no one outside my house. That would never happen today," she said.

She also confessed to messing up a lot of her relationships.

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"I’m actually a pretty good friend, and a good sister and daughter and mother, but I’m at my potentially most vulnerable and [expletive] up in the romantic slice of the pie."

This confession then led to a very public apology to Brad:

"It’s taken me a lot of work to get to the place where I have a good romantic relationship. So Brad Pitt, if you’re listening. I [expletive] that up, Brad."

This isn't the first time Gwyneth has spoken up about regretting their breakup.

In 2015, she discussed their former relationship why on The Howard Stern Show.

During their conversation, she had nothing but good things to say about her former love.

“I definitely fell in love with him,” she said.

“He was so gorgeous and sweet. I mean, he was Brad Pitt!”

She then went on to blame herself for their engagement ending, revealing that she wasn't quite mature enough at that time.

“I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met," Paltrow told Stern.

"It’s taken me until 40 to get my head out of my expletive. You can’t make that decision when you’re 22 years old… I wasn’t ready, and he was too good for me. … I didn’t know what I was doing.”

While their relationships didn't work out, both partners went on to eventually find love.

For Gwyneth, this was Coldplay's Chris Martin, who she eventually divorced.

And for Brad, this was Jennifer Aniston and famously, Angelina Jolie, both of whom he also eventually divorced.

Now, Paltrow is married to producer Brad Falchuk.

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Take one look at Gwyneth's Instagram page and you'll see how happy the actress is these days thanks to her hubbie.

She's even still close friends with her ex, Chris!

When it comes to Brad's love life, the internet is still hoping that he and Jen will reunite <3

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To read Gwyneth's interview about her former love life with Brad, you can read it here.

What do you think of her comments? Let us know below in the comments!

h/t: WSJ Magazine.