Gwyneth Paltrow admits she lets daughter Apple pull a 'sickie' from school when she 'just needs to be with her'

Admission: Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she sometimes let daughter Apple stay home from school

Admission: Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she sometimes let daughter Apple stay home from school

She has been more than happy of late to dispense advice to other other parents.

But when it comes to her own children, Gwyneth Paltrow admits she does not always set such a good example.

The actress confessed that she recently let her daughter stay home during term time just because she ‘just needed to be with her’.

Miss Paltrow revealed in a magazine interview that she let six-year-old Apple take a ‘sickie’ so they could have lunch and be pampered at a beauty salon together.

It is at odds with her recent advice to working mothers about balancing their roles, even if days ended up being manic and exhausting.

The interview with the U.S. edition of Good Housekeeping paints a different picture of life in her family home in Belsize Park, North London with Apple, son Moses, four and husband Chris Martin, 33, the lead singer of rock band Coldplay.

‘I'll probably get kicked out of our school for admitting this, but I let Apple stay home yesterday. I just needed to be with her,’ she said.

Asked how they spent their illicit day, Paltrow said: ‘We went out to lunch, we went to the beauty salon, we were together.’

Apple’s absenteeism caused no problems in the Paltrow household until Moses later found out and Apple erroneously promised him a sickie too, sparking a family row.

Paltrow, 38, then turned to her and said: ‘Apple, couldn't you have just asked me first? I know you're trying to make your brother feel better, but...oh, Apple!’

In the interview the Country Strong star also admitted that she finds it hard to justify being away from her family to work, even though it brings her great fulfillment.

Family: Gwyneth with brother Jake and daughter Apple when she was a baby

Family: Gwyneth with brother Jake and daughter Apple when she was a baby

‘When I was a child and my mother had to work, I felt her guilt, and that it caused a lot of chaos for her,’ she said.

She recently came back from a job in Hong Kong where she tried to pass it off as ‘bringing back this rich experience for the kids as well,’ even though it was obviously hollow.

‘I do feel so guilty and, like, ‘What am I doing?’ ‘But I also want them to know work is really fun for me - 'Hey, look what I get to do!' As opposed to feeling like, ‘Oh, I'm a terrible mother’.

‘Because that really just doesn't get you anywhere. It doesn't get them anywhere.' Paltrow added she refused to miss any of the everyday joys of being a mother like bedtimes when ‘all of us are cuddled up together watching Mary Poppins’ or reading Roald Dahl classics together.

‘I've learned so much from being a mom about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of woman I want to be.

'Motherhood has taught me mindfulness. If you just parent on instinct, you'll screw your kid up for life. You have to be so mindful,’ she said.

‘I'm in a battle right now because Apple doesn't like to go to gymnastics. When she's crying about it, I just want to scoop her up and say, 'Forget it. Let's go get an ice cream.'

'But you can't do that, of course. That's something my father taught me. You need to be accountable, and you need to be responsible. You need to honour your commitments.’


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