"I was like, 'Wait, I don't understand. Am I hated to the bone or am I the world's most beautiful?'" Paltrow said.
In a profile for the New York Times Magazine published Wednesday, Paltrow discussed the backlash she received after her split from Chris Martin back in 2014 -- their divorce was finalized in 2016. The "conscious uncoupling" led to Star Magazine categorizing her as the "most hated celebrity in the world."
"I remember being like, 'Really? More than, like, Chris Brown? Me? Really? Wow,'" she recalled to the publication. "It was also the same week that I was People's Most Beautiful Woman. For a minute I was like, 'Wait, I don't understand. Am I hated to the bone or am I the world's most beautiful?'"
(Of course, she was referring to Chris Brown's history of assault and battery, most notoriously him being found guilty of assaulting Rihanna in 2009.)
Although now this "old conversation" doesn't bother Paltrow anymore, she still addressed the "unconscious uncoupling," -- the term that her and Martin used to describe their separation. In the article Paltrow asserts that her critics took it the wrong way -- that she was claiming her divorce was going to be better than other less enlightened people's.
"I was really saying we're in a lot of pain," she explained. "We failed at this; we're going to try and do it in a different way. But I was so raw that I didn't anticipate. I think that was an instance where it really hit me that an insouciance with language from me is different than from somebody else."
Paltrow, who is the founder of popular lifestyle brand turned wellness empire Goop, also spoke to the publication about her past relationship with (the now disgraced) media mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Back in the late 90s, Paltrow was doing three to five movies a year primarily with Weinstein. She described their relationship as a "classic abusive relationship."
"The one time that Harvey propositioned me was really almost the least of it in terms of how onerous that relationship was," she said. "And it was very quid pro quo and punitive, and I always felt like I was on thin ice, and he could be truly horrible and mean and then be incredibly generous. It was kind of like a classic abusive relationship."
Despite that darkness in her past, there's no doubt the Oscar winner has been extremely successful. However, there is one thing she wished she had done differently. The actress already has two children: daughter Apple, 14 and son Moses, 12, but explained how she wished she had a third child.
"All I'm saying is it's not nothing," she said. "I really wanted another one."
Paltrow got engaged to writer-producer Brad Falchuk back in January, after dating since 2014. The "Glee" co-creator has two children from a previous marriage.