The actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, and her rockstar husband, Chris Martin, have been part of the celebrity elite throughout a relationship that began in 2002. In announcing their split on March 25th, the couple demonstrated that their public profile will likely remain unaffected by news of their so-called ‘conscious uncoupling’.
That was the obscure title of the joint post that the celebrity couple published to announce their split on Paltrow’s lifestyle-focused website, Goop.com on an otherwise quiet Tuesday.
Shortly after the post went up, the site crashed, but not before the world’s media outlets had shared the full text of the message widely.
In a somewhat overwrought statement, that will work wonders for the bank balance of Katherine Woodward Thomas, the Conscious Uncoupling counselling program creator, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37 admitted that they had spent over a year fighting to save their marriage.
They wrote: ‘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.”
In this respect the actress and the singer, who are parents to Apple, nine and Moses, seven, are no different to any family for whom mum and dad have reached the end of the road.
The therapy sessions, the five multi-million pound homes, the trappings of fame and a joint fortune estimated at over £72m will offer some consolation but common-sense will count for more than cash as the couple look to manage their separation sensitively for their children and successfully for themselves.
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