The Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the Coldplay singer Chris Martin have announced their split.
The couple have made no mention of divorce yet, although the legal formality is sure to follow. Instead, Gwyneth announced that the couple had decided to ‘consciously uncouple’.
On her blog website, Goop, Gwyneth made the following announcement on behalf of the couple:
“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.”
Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, were married in 2003. The actress and the musician have two children: daughter Apple, 9; and son Moses, 7.
Although some have found the announcement that the pair are ‘consciously uncoupling’ a bit strange, others have praised the way in which the couple are focusing on their children and their responsibilities to co-parent.
The Hollywood couple have many assets which will have to be divided when they legally bring their marriage to an end. The Sunday Times estimated that the couple have a combined wealth of nearly £120 million.
They couple own a large property portfolio that includes the home they bought in 2012 in L.A.’s Brentwood neighbourhood, a Manhattan apartment, a Hamptons estate and a mansion in London’s upmarket Belsize Park, which they bought from Kate Winslet in 2004.