Gwyneth Paltrow Admits She And Chris Martin ‘Never Fully Settled Into Being A Couple’

The actress has reflected on her divorce in a candid new essay, saying her and Chris were held together by their love for their children.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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In a new essay, Gwyneth Paltrow has reflected on her relationship - and 'conscious uncoupling' - from ex-husband Chris Martin. Writing for Vogue, the Goop lifestyle guru admitted that she didn't feel as if she ever settled as a couple with the Coldplay singer, saying they were held together by their love for their kids, Apple and Moses.

'We were close, though we had never fully settled into being a couple,' she wrote, in the candid piece for the magazine. 'We just didn’t quite fit together. There was always a bit of unease and unrest. But man, did we love our children.'

In the lengthy article, Gwyneth details that they decided to 'uncouple', with the help of a therapist, a year before they made the public announcement that their marriage was over in 2014. She said that they tried everything to make their relationship work before this. 'I had never heard of the phrase “conscious uncoupling”,' she continued.

The actress added, 'I was intrigued, less by the phrase, but by the sentiment. Was there a world where we could break up and not lose everything? Could we be a family, even though we were not a couple?'

Now, looking back, she says that even though she was widely mocked for the phrase at the time, people now ask her how she worked through the split. 'Conscious uncoupling/separation/divorce, whatever you want to call it, has now permeated the break-up culture,' she writes. 'Instead of people approaching me with, “Why did you say that?”, they now approach me with, “How do you do that?”'

Gwyneth married Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk in 2018, and she concludes the piece by writing: 'I know my ex-husband was meant to be the father of my children, and I know my current husband is meant to be the person I grow very old with. Conscious uncoupling lets us recognise those two different loves can coexist and nourish each other.'

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