Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their split in 2003, with both having moved on in the years following. Paltrow is now married to Brad Falchuk, while Martin has been dating actress Dakota Johnson since late 2017. The former couple have been very upfront about their relationship, the difficulties of divorce and the importance of family - one again addressing their relationship this week.
The former couple, who wed in 2003, issued their separation announcement on the Goop website 10 years after tying the knot, introducing us to the term ‘consciously uncoupling’.
"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," the couple wrote in their statement. "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."
The statement concluded: "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."
Martin and Paltrow share two children - Apple, 14, and Moses, 12.
Since announcing the news, both Paltrow and Martin have extended the olive branch to each other's new partners making a conscious effort to stay a family while their children grow up.
Gwyneth went one step further this weekend, baffling the internet as she insisted that her and Chris Martin were ‘meant’ to have their time together.
"It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody," the 46-year-old said of the break up in a recent interview with ES magazine. "I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family."