Gwyneth Paltrow has offered some belated, unhelpful advice to divorcing couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, telling the pair they should never have discussed their partnership with the press while they were together.

Pitt and Aniston comfortably discussed aspects of their relationship with the media, including the TROY star's controversial admission that he wasn't sure "if it really is in our nature to be with someone for the rest of our lives".

Paltrow, who ended her two-year relationship with Pitt in June 1997, was shocked to hear of the golden couple's high-profile split in January (05).

The SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE star, 32, tells Time magazine, "It would be a lot easier on Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston now had they not talked to the press about each other and everything to begin with.

"I learned my lesson at 24."

After failed relationships with Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson and CHRIS HEINZ, Paltrow is happily married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin and they have a one-year-old baby Apple.

She explains, "Our marriage is between us. If we decide to continue being together or not, it's our business.

"When I presented at the Oscars last year everyone would say 'Where's your husband? Is there trouble in the marriage?' And I was like, 'Why on Earth would I bring my husband?'"