Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed the sex advice she gives her teenage children, saying she encourages them to ‘stay really close to your own truth.’
The Goop founder, who shares a daughter Apple, 17, and son Moses, 15, with her ex-husband Chris Martin, opened up to Entertainment Tonight about how she goes about talking to her kids about sex.
‘I try always to be neutral on the topic,’ Paltrow, 49, said. ‘I think my generation, we got a lot of messages around sex that made us feel bad about it.’
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Keeping it real: Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, was promoting her new Netflix series Sex, Love & Goop when she opened up to Entertainment Tonight about how she talks to her kids about sex
Family: The Goop founder, who shares a daughter Apple, 17, and son Moses, 15, with her ex-husband Chris Martin, explained she always tries ‘to be neutral on the topic’
The mother of two shared she is always there to field their questions, but she admitted that she thinks they probably confide in their friends more.
‘I try to just be curious, and teenagers are never going to want to talk to their parents about sex, ever,’ she explained. ‘I sort of follow their lead and luckily, in middle school they had a very thorough sex education, so the school handled the kind of birds and the bees parts. Then I am there for any questions, but the questions are pretty minimal.’
When it comes to love and sex, Paltrow advises her children to trust their instincts and make decisions based on how they feel.
‘I think the main thing that nobody ever tells you, is you have to stay really close to your own truth and you have to stay really in integrity with that truth,’ she said.
‘Because when you are in a relationship and you are not being your full self, you are sublimating things or you are white knuckling through something, and I think it can be pretty damaging to how you feel about yourself,’ she added.
Candid: Paltrow admitted their questions have been ‘minimal,’ noting that their middle school had a ‘very thorough sex education’ program
Follow your gut: However, she advises her children to ‘stay really close to your own truth’ and make decisions about sex and love based on their instinct
Therapy: Paltrow talks about her own sex life with her go-to intimacy coach Michaela Boehm (left) in her new series Sex, Love & Goop
‘I will always just encourage my children to really listen to themselves, listen to their instincts, listen if something feels right, and to act from that place.’
Paltrow, who married television producer Brad Falchuk in 2018, is also a stepmom to his teenage children — Brody and Isabella — from his first marriage to Suzanne Bukinik.
The actress is sharing details about her own sex life in her new Netflix docuseries Sex, Love & Goop, which premieres on October 21.
The show, her second to air on the streaming network, follows five real-life couples as they work to increase their sexual pleasure and develop deeper intimacy.
‘The conversations with me are conducted with this amazing therapist named Michaela Baum, and she’s someone that I’ve worked with and that I have a lot of respect for,’ Paltrow said of her go-to intimacy coach.
‘I also thought it was really important for me to show up with honesty and vulnerability around these topics,’ she explained. ‘I think that’s the point of the show, to show different examples of what honesty and vulnerability can look like. I was happy to do that and share.’
Cheeky: When asked what gets her in the mood, she said ‘it doesn’t take much,’ joking: ‘Have you seen a picture of my husband?’
New role: Paltrow married television producer Brad Falchuk in 2018 and is now a stepmom to his teenage children, Brody and Isabella
Blended family: Martin (left) has become friendly with Falchuk (right) over the years as he and Paltrow continue to co-parent their children together
As for what gets her in the mood, she admitted that ‘it doesn’t take much.’
‘Have you seen a picture of my husband?’ she joked.
Sex, Love & Goop premieres on Netflix on October 21, but this isn’t the first time Paltrow has taken on sexual health and intimacy.
Last year, she combated vaginal shame with the launch of her $75 ‘This Smells Like My Vagina’ and ‘This Smells Like My Orgasm’ candles. In February, Goop released its $95 double-sided wand vibrator, which sold out in less than 24 hours.
And earlier this month, she announced Goop’s new female libido-boosting supplement DTF — an acronym for ‘down to f***.’
‘Everyday stress and anxiety, hormonal changes, exhaustion, age… these can impact our libido and sexual health,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘So yes, we (with our science and research team) created a supplement that REALLY helps and, yes, we called it DTF. Because, you know, we’re @goop.’