Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are officially divorced. The finalization comes almost two years after the couple announced that they were “consciously uncoupling.”
According to E! Online, both Paltrow and Martin have “given up their rights” to spousal support. It’s not a huge surprise that they went forward with the divorce. After Paltrow officially filed, she moved on to producer Brad Falchuk, and Chris Martin went on to date Jennifer Lawrence for a year before the two quietly split. The Coldplay frontman moved on to actress Annabelle Wallis, and now it looks like he’s dating Heather Graham.
At the time of their announcement, Paltrow coined the term “consciously uncoupling” and set forth the new normal for celebrity couples who want to co-parent their children together. Thanks to Paltrow and Martin, the term “consciously uncouple” has put a new spin on divorces in Hollywood. Rather than a drag out war, we now see couples, such as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, making an effort to work together for the sake of their children.
Not only have we seen Paltrow and Martin out and about, but we’ve seen the two celebrating the accomplishments and milestones of their children. Recently, rumors were flying that the two were reconciling because they gathered to celebrate daughter Apple’s 12 birthday.
At the time, the Daily Mail reported, “They vowed to make their divorce a ‘conscious uncoupling’ for the sake of their two children, and two years down the road Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have been as good as their word. On Sunday, the actress and her Coldplay frontman ex were together again at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where daughter Apple celebrated her 12th birthday.”
Gwyneth even posted a photo on her Instagram of the two, who were all smiles as they celebrated their daughter’s birthday.
While Paltrow has been the one who’s more open about the split in terms of talking about it in public, Chris Martin finally opened up about the rough time and how he had a difficult time.
“I still wake up down a lot of days. But now I feel like I’ve been given the tools to turn it around. You can come at it very aggressively and blame and blame. Or you can put yourself in the garage, so to speak. Take yourself apart and clean off the bits. Reassemble.”
— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) May 26, 2016
Meanwhile, Paltrow told Matt Lauer on the Today show, “We’re a family. Even though we’re not in a romantic relationship, we’re a true family and we like to do things to reinforce that we’re a family for the children [and] for each other.”
Proving that their relationship post-split isn’t typical, Paltrow told Glamour Magazine that they often have sleepovers.
“I sleep in his house in Malibu a lot with the kids. We’ll have a weekend all together; holidays, we’re together. We’re still very much a family, even though we don’t have a romantic relationship. He’s like my brother.”
When the two first announced their split, Paltrow posted the following statement on her lifestyle website, Goop.
“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.”
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