AceShowbiz - Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow still love each other. The former couple, who split in 1997 after a three-year relationship, reunited to discuss how the "Iron Man" actress' late dad Bruce Paltrow shaped the "Fight Club" actor's stance on fatherhood.
In a chat for her Goop site, 49-year-old Paltrow told 58-year-old Pitt, "Okay, since it's almost Father's Day, I'm going to ask you about Bruce. I'll never forget when we were engaged and he came to me one day, his eyes full of tears, and he said, 'You know, I never really realized what they mean when they say you're gaining a son. Like, I'm gaining a son.' "
Paltrow continued asking, "What impact did he have on you? Why did you love him, even though we didn't get married, unfortunately." Pitt, who went on to marry Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, replied, "Yeah, right. Oh man, everything works out, doesn't it?"
The ex-wife of Chris Martin went on to talk about marrying her television writer husband Brad Falchuk, adding, "Yes, it does. I finally found the Brad I was supposed to marry. It just took me 20 years." Pitt said, "And it's lovely to have you as a friend now: And I do love you.' " Paltrow, who shares 18-year-old Apple and 16-year-old Moses with Martin, added, "Love you so much."
Paltrow's film director and producer dad was killed by throat cancer in 2002 at the age of 58. Pitt shared how he had a significant influence on him as a father figure, saying, "One of the many things I loved about Bruce - because he did have a profound effect on me and is someone I still think about - was he really fostered your voice, your independence."
"He carved the way for you guys to be who you are. And I think that's so important to parenting, you know? So the child is free to find out who they are and what they love and what they don't," he added. "We were always going to get his opinion, but there was a fairness to it that I really appreciated. I think that struck a chord with me… I felt that same kind of guidance that you would get from a coach or a mentor."
Paltrow added ahead of Father's Day, which falls on June 19 in America, "Me too. I mean, he was my father, but he was very much a mentor. He loved being that role for the people that he really loved, and you were definitely one of them."