This celebrity doesn’t want her famous mother to move on with anyone new… but is it fair? 43

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Blythe Danner, actress and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, has said she is open to dating and looking for a new partner, but worries about moving on because she doesn’t think her daughter is open to the idea.

Blythe’s husband of 33 years, Bruce Paltrow passed away in 2002 of throat cancer. The actress said she and Gwyneth have talked about the idea of Blythe, 73, finding love with someone new, but said despite her daughter’s encouragement she doesn’t think a new partner would sit very well with Gwyneth.

When asked whether her daughter had ever tried to set her up on a date, Blythe said: “No, because she knows the kind of man that I am attracted to and even though she would like me to be more open, I am not so sure that she is,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The complicated circumstances around this issue are something many families deal with. Whether it’s after a death or a divorce, the idea of parents moving on with someone new is something many adult children struggle to deal with.

Blythe Danner and her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow.
Blythe Danner and her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow.

Although they want the best for their parents, seeing them with someone new can be difficult to deal with. The question is: how much influence should your children have on your love life?

If you are ready to move on and inject some romance into your life, but your children aren’t, should you hold back back and remain on your own to respect their wishes?

Some parents say they don’t want to upset their children so they stay single to keep the peace. For them, the idea of creating a rift between themselves and their children is not worth risk.

Others are firm believers you have to do what is right for you, and if the kids don’t like it… too bad. They say children should support their parents if they are brave enough to move on.

What’s your opinion on this issue?

Should you let your child’s opinion influence your love life? Have you ever had to deal with this situation?

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  1. I don’t think you should need your children permission to move on especially after nearly 14 years as in this case. It is your life and your children will just have to accept your new partner just as you had to accept their partner.

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  2. I love the way the kids get to decide for us! Since when?!
    I think it’s entirely our business whether we move on after losing a loved one or not. It’s not healthy if you have got to a point where your kids start dictating your life,any more than if you were dictating theirs.I think maybe it happens where there is a lot of money involved,and they’re terrified that their inheritance might all disappear. Remind them how much you love them and that if they truly love you they will respect you enough to trust your judgement! Just as we have had to do for them!

  3. Sounds like to me it’s the mother with the problem, she even says her daughter has encouraged her to move on, until she starts seeing someone new how would she even know her daughter wouldn’t accept the right person if they came along, she’s not even willing to see what would happen.

  4. As parents its hard having ure kids enter relationships or marriage with it’s ups n downs…. .keeping out of it is the way to go as we had a son break up a few times with one girl……only to marry her successfully…..10 yrs n 2 kids later….we thank ourselves we had shut up….none of our business… my mind same goes for the reverse….it’s all ‘pot luck’!

  5. Sounds as though mum is the one dithering, her daughter has encouraged her to move on, but it seem’s as though dear old mum could be a bit unsure. Which I can understand, as it must be hard being back in the dating game after so long. Good luck to her, if and when she tries.

  6. Nothing to do with Gwyneth she is a grown women,bet she didn’t ask her mother when she became “uncoupled” lol & moved on,just being selfish her mother has a life too,her father is dead!!

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