"Who says I don't approve of Jennifer Lawrence?" she asked on today's program. "I respect him as the father of my children…It's his decision…He wouldn't be with someone who isn't great."
The mother of two also added that her relationship with Martin is on extremely good terms, and that the two "actually have a really strong friendship."
"We have kids, we're always going to be a family," she added, saying that their decision to "consciously uncouple" was rooted in trying to "find the positives" about their history and use it to fuel a drama-free future for their children's' sake.
"We laugh and we have fun but there are times when it's really difficult," Paltrow admitted. "Things happen and you're like, I'm sure he doesn't want to hang out with me and I don't want to hang out with him but for the sake of the kids, you do it. But you also don't do it all tense. You say, 'I really want to find the love for you and I want to forgive you and I want you to forgive me and let's have some fun as a family.'"
Last March, the two announced that they were separating after 10 years of marriage.
They released the following statement on her lifestyle website:
"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate."