You’d be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational force than Gwyneth Paltrow. So it’s hard to believe she’s gotten so much flack recently for reinventing herself as an expert in food, nutrition, cooking, lifestyle, country music, and fashion. In the latest issue of Elle mag (due on newsstands August 16) she explains why she started her (semi-controversial) GOOP blog, her future music plans, and more. Her music endeavors include the likes of Beyonce and Jay[-Z] urging her to do a solo album on her own–“They think I should go … in a studio and see what happens. And if it’s good, do it. And if it’s not, don’t. So that’s probably what I’ll do.” She adds that having a musical genius in the house (she compares hubby and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to “living with Picasso”) inspires her to “make a little something-something.” In the telling Elle interview, GP squashes false rumors of a split with Chris. “Sometimes it’s hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren’t all rosy,” she says. But she goes on to say that she made such a good choice with Chris and that he’s a great dad to their children Apple and Moses. “I’m not going to take this for granted.”

The 38-year-old beauty also dishes on her decision to launch the lifestyle blog GOOP back in 2008. She quips, “When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some … restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, no. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris? People know that I know that…” She insists that what she loves is inspiring people. She certainly inspires in spades wearing these sophisticated, star-powered Christian Dior shades, available in four glam frame hues. –rpuccia

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