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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Inspire You

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Gwyneth Paltrow is Elle magazine's September cover girl. - Carter Smith/Elle

Gwyneth Paltrow's gotten plenty of grief recently for reinventing herself as a expert in food, nutrition, cooking, lifestyle, country music, fashion, and Beyonce. But in the latest issue of Elle she explains why she started her (semi-controversial) GOOP blog (to help the masses find a Parisian bikini waxer is one reason.Seriously.), her future music plans, and why she just can't help but inspire people. Here's sneak peek at what she had to say.

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On creating a solo album:"Beyonce and Jay[-Z] -- they think that I should just go do it by myself. That 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."

On choosing not to go to her husband, Cold play'sChris Martin, for advice on music: "[He's] a musical genius. It's like living with Picasso, and being like, 'Should I make a little something-something?'"

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"What I love is inspiring people," Gwyneth insists. - Carter Smith/Elle

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The 38-year-old launched a lifestyle blog called GOOP in 2008. - Carter Smith/Elle

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On the false rumors of a split:"Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren't all rosy. I always say, 'Life is long and you never know what's going to happen.' If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, Irespect him so much as the father of my children. Like, I made such a good choice. He's such a good dad. You can never be relaxed or smug and think, I've got this thing. That's also part of it -- keeping yourself on your toes. I'm not going to take this for granted."

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On showing the world a different side ofher: "If you speak to my friends who've known me since I was 4, they'll say, 'That is her.' They always said to me, 'You're the dirtiest personin the world and so funny. Show the world that side of you.' I felt guarded. I felt like if I really showed people more of me and I was still not accepted, then ... Who cares. You just realize it doesn't matter what people think of you."

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On going public with her personal care regimens: "It's so much easier to sit home and not exercise and criticize other people. What I love is inspiring people. People come up to me and say, 'I want to have two kids and wear a bathing suit and not feel terrible about myself. I see how hard you work and it makes me feel like I can do that,too.'"

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"Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren't all rosy," she admits …

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On deciding to launch GOOP: "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..."

They do? Um, I mean, of course they do.

Pick up the September issue of Elle, on newsstands August 16.

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