Paltrow 40, has had one of the more successful celebrity marriages in Hollywood, where most unions rarely last more than seven years.
While there have been rough spots along the way, she says it’s all about being committed. “I think that, if the idea of being committed to someone is important to you, you begin to value certain parts of your social life over another,” she explains in a new interview.
“I would like to think that I would be forgiving and/or forgiven, but I can’t give an honest answer as I haven’t really experienced that,” she said.
Indeed, for those who have, getting over infidelity is the hardest thing to do. When Director Rupert Sanders was exposed having an affair with “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, he tried mightily to patch up his marriage to UK model Liberty Ross.
But even after 11 years together and two children, their marriage ended in divorce.
According to the latest statistics, 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an extramarital affair. Typically the depth of betrayal and emotional pain is too much to overcome.
“I think it would be hard for me to be one of those wives who finds out there’s been something going on behind my back 20 years in,” Paltrow tells fashion Web site Refinery29.
“I’d imagine you’d begin to question your life. It would definitely make things harder, but I believe that if there’s authenticity and honesty right off the bat, things will be okay,” she says.
Paltrow is currently starring with Mark Ruffalo in the movie “Thanks for Sharing.” It’s about getting into a relationship with a self-professed “sex addict.”
“I’m an extremely open-minded person, so I think if it was something I knew I was getting myself into, I wouldn’t let it deter me from exploring the relationship,” she says.
As for her own marriage, “You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple,” she says. “We laugh, we’re good friends, we like to do the same stuff.”
Paltrow has two children with Martin, Apple, 8, and Moses, 6.