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Her home life is the envy of millions, but Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't always the Vegenaise-obsessed super-mom we know today. Before settling down with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, her husband of nearly ten years, the Iron Man 3 star had a string of intense love affairs. She was engaged to Brad Pitt and frequently fell for her co-stars. Let's take a look back at the "most beautiful," "most hated" actress's impressive ex-boyfriends.
Brad Pitt (Began Dating 1995; Engaged December 1996; Broke up June 1997)
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Relationship highlight: While accepting his Golden Globe Award for 12 Monkeys, Pitt thanked "the love o' my life, my angel, Gwyneth Paltrow" -- inspiring applause from their fellow actors.
How it ended: The two blondes seemed like Hollywood's happiest couple, right up until they split. People reported that Pitt was getting cold feet about the wedding, but Paltrow has said that she felt responsible. "My kind of internal stuff really tripped up that whole relationship," the actress later told Diane Sawyer in 2003 . "And I felt really responsible, and also like I was the architect of my own misery … I just made a big mess out of it."
Ben Affleck (Dated January 1998- May 1999)
Relationship highlight: Affleck had a small role in Paltrow's breakthrough film Shakespeare in Love, but didn't enjoy watching her love scenes with Joseph Fiennes. "How do I react to it? With fury and rage, like a man should act," he joked at the premiere.
How it ended: The couple announced their break-up in 1999, amidst (unverified) rumors that Gwyneth was hooking up with her A Perfect Murder co-star Viggo Mortenson. "I just think we have a very different sort of value system," Paltrow later told Diane Sawyer of the break-up. There's been much speculation that Affleck was the cheating ex-boyfriend Paltrow called out in a 2012 interview -- though Ben claims that he and Gwyneth are still friends.
Scott Speedman (Dated 1999)
Relationship highlight: Paltrow reportedly rebounded from Affleck with the Felicity actor, her co-star in the 2000 film Duets. They were spotted "holding hands and nuzzling" at a Playboy Mansion party, and making the Oscar party rounds together.
How it ended: Seems like it was more of a fling than a romance. When asked about his time shooting Duets, Speedman told the Daily Beast only that "It was a good group of people."
Luke Wilson (Dated April 2001-January 2002)
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Relationship highlight: Considering they were both movie stars, Gwyneth and Luke kept a surprisingly low profile; they began dating while making The Royal Tenenbaums, and didn't raise suspicions until they were photographed vacationing in Spain.
How it ended: Paltrow didn't confirm the break-up until summer 2002, when she told InStyle that she was single -- and wondered if marriage was really "what I'm supposed to be doing."
Chris Martin (Began dating October 2002; Engaged March 2003; Married December 2003)
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Children: Apple, born 2004; Moses, born 2006
Relationship highlight: They met backstage at a Coldplay concert -- but only because the press had falsely reported they were dating! "I was like, ‘I’ve never met this guy,'" Gwyneth recalled in 2013. "And because people were writing about it, we ended up meeting at a concert and there you go."