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Gwyneth Paltrow: Turning 50 is a breeze compared to 40

Turning 50 feels like a breeze compared to 40. I recently wore my shortest skirt in ten years: Gwyneth Paltrow is dying to celebrate her looks as she plans a “spa cruise” for her big day

With a company offering myriad, often bizarre, anti-aging remedies, Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she once feared she would suffer a “complete breakdown” at 50.

But with that milestone just days away, the Hollywood star says she feels “amazing” — and is dying to celebrate her looks. “I wore the shortest skirt I’ve worn in ten years the other day,” she said in a blog post on her Goop website. “It was this old Chanel dress I found in the basement and it worked.

“I don’t think there are rules as to when you stop wearing certain types of clothing at a certain age. For so many women… this is the high point of their lives. So I’m looking forward to this milestone birthday.”

Ms Paltrow will turn 50 on September 27, but instead of the expected fear, she said: “I feel so good, I’m so grateful to be alive, I’m so happy to be healthy” — in stark contrast to how she felt when she turned 40.

Great feeling: Gwyneth Paltrow turns 50 on September 27 - after once fearing she was going to have a

Great feeling: Gwyneth Paltrow turns 50 on September 27 – after once fearing she was going to have a “complete breakdown”.

In an interview with the Financial Times yesterday, the ‘Shakespeare In Love’ star admitted: ‘At that point I was wrestling with what it meant for my life and career to be a woman who was no longer desirable and make me commercial.

“I let go of the need to be reproductively viable because that’s really sexiness in the culture. Things are changing fundamentally in terms of how society views you, especially if you’ve been objectified since you were 20.

The Mail on Sunday understands Ms Paltrow – who celebrated her 48th birthday by posing nude on Instagram – will spend her big day at a Goop cruise, a clean living and “alternative healing” festival organized by promoted by their lifestyle brand.

The nine-day Mediterranean voyage is marketed to those “open to self-improvement.” A source said: “Gwyneth will be celebrating her milestone birthday with the people who have helped her grow from a humble lifestyle blog into a £220m brand.

Looking good: Ms Paltrow celebrated her 48th birthday by posing nude on Instagram

Looking good: Ms Paltrow celebrated her 48th birthday by posing nude on Instagram

Birthday in style: The Mail on Sunday reckons she'll be spending her big day cruising Goop, a clean living and'alternative healing' festival promoted by her lifestyle brand. The nine-day Mediterranean voyage is marketed to those

Birthday in style: The Mail on Sunday reckons she’ll be spending her big day cruising Goop, a clean living and ‘alternative healing’ festival promoted by her lifestyle brand. The nine-day Mediterranean voyage is marketed to those “open to self-improvement.” Image: File image of the Celebrity Beyond cruise ship en route to Southampton

“She’s planning a party sometime. But she will be on the cruise for her birthday and couldn’t be happier. She’s CEO, so she spends her birthday working what she is now.”

The cruise, which costs between £1,300 and £7,000 per person, departs Barcelona on September 24.

There are mindfulness sessions, workouts and healthy cooking classes on board. Ms Paltrow is expected to join husband Brad Falchuk, 51, for a romantic dinner when the ship visits the Italian port of Santa Margherita on her birthday.

Goop products include a £60 jade vaginal egg, a £65 scented candle called This Smells Like My Vagina and a viva la vulva vibrator for £85. A source said: “It’s easy to ridicule some of the quirky things Gwyneth sells, but she’s one of the most honest people I know. She works incredibly hard and it doesn’t surprise me that she will be working on her birthday.”

She added that Gwyneth is planning a 50th party on another date with celebrity friends in Los Angeles, but Ms Paltrow’s publicist declined to comment last night.

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Greg Norman

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