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Paltrow denies condemning America
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow married UK singer Chris Martin in 2003
US actress Gwyneth Paltrow has said she is "deeply upset" over claims she made anti-American remarks in a recent interview to a Portuguese newspaper.

The 34-year-old allegedly said that "the British are much more intelligent and civilised than the Americans".

Paltrow - who is married to UK singer Chris Martin - told US magazine People she is "so proud to be American".

She said her comments were "completely misconstrued" during a press conference she conducted in Spanish.

Translation

The mother-of-two added: "I said that Europe is a much older culture and there's a difference.

"I always say in America, people live to work and in Europe, people work to live. There are positives in both."

I am a New York girl, that's how I always think of myself and see myself
Gwyneth Paltrow

"Obviously I need to go back to seventh grade Spanish," she added.

Paltrow, who lives some of the time in London with Martin, said she had not turned her back on her native country.

"I live in England half the time because I'm married to a British guy. It's not like I have left America," she said.

"I am a New York girl, that's how I always think of myself and see myself, " she added.


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