Following 11 years of marriage, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and his actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow have announced their separation (via The Huffington Post). The power couple revealed the news through Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop, explaining that they attempted reconciliation for some time but found a split was in the best interest of their children.
Read the full statement below:
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 co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
The couple met in 2002 while Coldplay was on tour supporting A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Martin eventually wrote a number of songs from X&Y, including “Fix You” and “Swallowed in the Sea”, after helping Paltrow deal with the death of her father. The pair finally married in December 2003 and had two children together: Apple Blythe Alison Martin (born 2004) and Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (born 2006).