Gwyneth Paltrow has a pretty great life — she is healthy, lives in a beautiful home, is a fashion icon, hangs with famous friends, and has a loving family and a successful business. A lot of this is due to her career in the Hollywood film industry — so it's kind of weird that she has a very particular rule about what her kids can or can't watch.
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As the cover girl of the latest issue of InStyle, she reveals that the rule of the Paltrow-Martin household (that is, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Paltrow's husband since 2003) is that there's no TV allowed for little eight-year-old Apple and six-year-old Moses — unless it's in French or Spanish.
Sure, there are a lot of modern moms and dads that limit the amount of time their kids spend in front of the tube, but we bet few suburban families have exceptions for particular foreign languages. As the mastermind behind the high-class GOOP lifestyle website and newsletter (example of a post: "for those of us who will be passing through the Hamptons this summer…"), Paltrow already has the image of being too elite for regular folk to relate to. And, well, statements like this don't help:
"When I'm in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons," she told her interviewer, legendary American designer Diane von Furstenberg. She also admits that the rule often makes daughter Apple "cross" towards her parents.
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And if she's not happy about watching French cartoons, then imagine how she feels towards the family diet. Paltrow said that her version of "indulging" is a baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine. We doubt that this family is having many pizza nights or ice cream outings.
But while they may be pouting now (we probably would be, too) — Apple and Moses will probably be pretty thankful in the long run. With two parents that both look stunning in their 30s (Martin is 35, Paltrow turns 40 on Sept. 27) and plenty of awards and accolades between them, they must be doing something right.