Shakespeare in Love Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay front man Chris Martin are separating after 10 years of marriage. The power couple, who are parents to Apple, 9, and Moses, 7, announced their parting in a post on Paltrow’s lifestyle e-commerce site, Goop, in a message titled ‘Conscious Uncoupling.’
Signed by both Paltrow and Martin in a show of unity, they shared that they had been fighting to save their marriage for over a year but had come to the resolution to separate, but continue to love each other and co-parent.
“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.
We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.
We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
The news comes as somewhat of a shock as the notoriously private pair who married quietly in Mexico in 2003, seemed to be happy, seen together at January’s Golden Globes and also getting very affectionate at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home Gala, also in January. The public display was uncharacteristic of the couple who have made a point of not walking red carpets together and shying away from the media glare and the curiosity that has surrounded them for the duration of their relationship. Prior to coupling with Martin, Paltrow famously dated Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.
It is not clear if a third party was involved though on the subject of infidelity Paltrow has said in the past, ”Life is complicated and long and I know people that I respect and admire and look up to who have had extra-marital affairs. It’s like we’re flawed. We’re human beings and sometimes you make choices that other people are going to judge.”