Paltrow, 42, began dating Pitt in her early 20's after they met on the set of 1995's thriller 'Seven' and the two got engaged in 1996, only to split up nearly a year later.
"I didn't think about it at the time, but I'm sure it did help with my career... I definitely fell in love with him. He was so gorgeous and sweet. I mean, he was Brad Pitt!," Paltrow said during her appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show. The 'Iron Man' actress' father, late director-producer Bruce Paltrow, was equally as devastated after hearing the duo's relationship came to an end.
"My father was devastated," she said of their 1997 split. "I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met. It's taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass. You can't make that decision when you're 22 years old... I wasn't ready, and he was too good for me. I didn't know what I was doing," she added. Shortly after walking away from Pitt, Paltrow entered a three year on-and-off relationship with Ben Affleck and married Coldplay star Chris Martin. The two eventually split in March 2014 after 10 years of marriage.