Gwyneth Paltrow implies 9-to-5 working moms have it easier: 'it's not like being on set'

Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow is taking some heat over her woe-is-me attitude toward balancing motherhood and big-time movies.

Paltrow ignited the reaction by implying everyday working moms have an easier time raising their kids.

A writer in the New York Post penned "A working mom's open letter to Gwyneth," and everyday people took to social media to weigh-in on Paltrow's comments.

A week before she announced her separation - or "conscious uncoupling" - from music star Chris Martin, Paltrow told E! News that she was taking a break from acting to spend more time with her offspring, 7-year-old Moses and 9-year-old Apple.

In the interview, she said maintaining a film career is tricky as a mother, and said, "It's much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because ... for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, 'Where were you?' ... "

Her comments, published on the E! website Wednesday, continued with a comparison of her life and the life of a 9-to-5 working mom.

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."