Speaking to Harper's Bazaar Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her late father, Bruce Paltrow, told her she was becoming an "a--hole" due to her overwhelming level of fame.
"I remember when I was maybe 27 years old and kind of at the height of my movie stardom — it was around the time of [my 1999 Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love] and this and that," the actress, 44, recounted in the magazine's November cover story. "I think I was very much believing my own hype, which how could you not?"
Gwyneth continued, "I was sitting with my dad, feeling great about my life and everything that was happening, and he was like, 'You know, you're getting a little weird ... You're kind of an a--hole.' And I was like, 'What the hell?' I was totally devastated."
Two decades later, the Iron Man 3 actress believes she took her father's honest advice into consideration and tried to changed her actions.
"It turned out to be basically the best thing that ever happened to me," she told Harper's Bazaar. "It's the difference between someone who loves you more than anything in the world giving you criticism and getting it from some bitter stranger on the internet. What my dad said to me was the kind of criticism where I was like, 'Oh, my God, I'm on the wrong track.' I'm so grateful for him doing that. He was such a no-nonsense guy in that sense."
Bruce Paltrow was married to fellow actress Blythe Danner and was also dad of screenwriter Jake Paltrow. The actor passed away from complications of oral cancer and pneumonia in October 2002. The actress' ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 39, dedicated his band's 2005 hit "Fix You" to her as a tribute to her late father.
Paltrow also discussed her children, daughter Apple, 12, and son Moses, 10, in the November issue of the publication, revealing they sometimes struggle as face living in their parents' spotlight.
"I've borne these two kids into a particularly strange circumstance," the 44-year-old explained. "They are going to have to fend off a lot and protect themselves from a lot of projections and prejudice about who they are, coming from the family that they come from."
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