By Alexandra Whittaker
Dec 04, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

If it feels like a lifetime since Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt's relationship dominated headlines, well, that's because it has been (there are current 21-year-old college students who weren't born yet when they split in 1997, in case you wanted to feel extra old today). 

But even though time has passed, whenever Paltrow is feeling particularly nostalgic about her ex, she chit chats with fellow '90s star Cameron Diaz — and feels grateful that she didn't live out her teen drama in 2018. 

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“Cameron Diaz and I talk about this all the time. We’re like, ‘Thank God in the early ’90s there were [so few] paparazzi. Thank God.’ We cry in gratitude that no one was following us around and seeing what we were doing,” she said in a new interview with WSJ. Magazine. “I remember when Brad Pitt and I broke up, it was on the cover of the New York Post and there was no one outside my house. That would never happen today.”

She's undoubtedly right. Both Pitt and Paltrow have come a long way since they called things off, but even with tabloids magnifying their every move, she never did have a Bieber-esque public sobbing moment.

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Her romantic life also looks a lot different than when she was younger, as she and her beau Brad (Falchuk, not Pitt) are newlyweds

“It’s fantastic. I feel like we are probably better equipped to choose our life partner when we are halfway through life. But generally, we have to pick our spouses a lot earlier because of the whole procreation piece," she said. "For me it has been more of a process, and so I feel really lucky to have met this person who is an incredible, true partner.”