SJP follows fatherly advice

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker follows Gwyneth Paltrow’s dad’s advice on marriage.

The 48-year-old actress tied the knot with Matthew Broderick in 1997 and the pair have son James together and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha via surrogate.

When asked what the secret to a happy marriage is, Sarah shared a line which Gwyneth’s father once said. Bruce Paltrow was married to Blythe Danner, 71, until his death in 2002 caused by complications from oral cancer and pneumonia.

“Bruce Paltrow had a great quote. I’m almost scared to tell you… but someone asked how he stayed married all these years and he said, ‘We never wanted to get divorced at the same time,’” she told the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

“Now everyone will think there was a period at which we did want to get divorced. But you stay married because you want to be there, despite everything. I don’t know; it seems like it’s just as deserving of effort as anything else is, certainly a career. I guess we both want to be in it.”

Sarah is best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in hit TV show Sex and the City. Although she now enjoys her success, she admits it was never her plan to become well-known and avoids reading any negative comments made about her

“I never wanted to be famous… And I won’t trade on it in any way. It’s not like it’s hard to be respectful and well behaved,” she smiled.

“I don’t read anything. I don’t Google myself. Good God, no! I have absolutely no constitution for that. I’m curious about everything, except what people have to say about me. It’s the random cruelty I really don’t understand. It’s not good for us. I don’t know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place.”

The blonde star puts her modest persona down to her upbringing in the Ohio town of Nelsonville. Sarah is one of eight siblings and half-siblings and learnt at a young age to treasure what she has.

“My mother was chic but we were broke. Inside the house was chaos and madness… I appreciate everything,” she explained.

“I think that there are probably a lot of people that don’t care as much, and it all still works for them. But I can’t have my name on something and not be totally involved. It can often make things really hard but that’s simply the way I have to be.”

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