They may be some of the most amicable exes in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean Gwyneth Paltrow and her ex-husband Chris Martin's divorce wasn't difficult.

In fact, it was one of the hardest things the 44-year-old actress ever experienced. "What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life," she told The Edit in a new interview. "I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable? What if I checked my own s**t at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?"

The former husband and wife previously announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March 2014, filed for divorce in April 2015, and finalized their split in March 2016. Gwyneth and Chris are parents to two kids, Apple, 13, and Moses, 11.

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Gwyneth additionally revealed how they've been handing the buzz around their parents' split. "They passed laws a couple of years ago about [paparazzi] not harassing children, so I take them everywhere with me like a shield — they’re good for something!" she joked. "My kids can handle [fame]. They know their lives are extraordinary."

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Today, Gwyneth looks back at her split from Chris as a big learning experience and opportunity for growth. "I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way — huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss," she said. "And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f**k out of every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things." You go, Gwyneth!

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