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Gwyneth Paltrow may not be a typical working mom, but she knows what it's like to spend long hours on the job, away from her little ones. And how does she cope with being away from Apple, 5, and Moses, 4, for weeks at a time? She has a good cry.
In a controversial confession to London's Daily Mirror, Paltrow said that shooting Iron Man 2 (which opens May 7 in the U.S.) was emotionally difficult. "Some days you think, 'Oh my God. They're in the bath right now and I'm not there,' the 37-year-old Oscar winner said of fulfilling work commitments while missing her children. "And I would cry in my trailer."
The actress added that she enjoyed taking time off from acting to be with her young kids -- "They are just so beautiful and hilarious and I don't want to miss it" -- but at the same time, doesn't regret going back to work. "It was very important for me," Paltrow explained. "Because I realized it's okay for me to want to express this part of myself, and it's why I'm here, you know?"
By admitting she misses her kids while working, however, Paltrow has opened a perennial can of worms: Is it okay for moms to cry at the office? British columnist Deborah Orr took Paltrow to task in The Guardian, saying that her confession casts working moms as "unemployably-distracted-hormone-ladies."
On the other hand, a blogger at change.org writes that Paltrow's waterworks are perfectly acceptable: If men can show emotion by getting angry at work, women should be able to show emotion by crying. Of course, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love star hardly started this fire; plenty of articles have been published debating the appropriateness of breaking down at work.
The general consensus seems to be, in the words of Bravo star Kelly Cutrone: If you have to cry, go outside. Still, we think moms should be able to admit how difficult it is to be absent from the children they treasure, without feeling diminished or less capable of professional success; after all, we're only human. And so is Gwyneth Paltrow.