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Chris Martin Speaks Frankly About Divorce

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has opened up about his divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow, describing it as a “wonderful separation-divorce”.

Despite experiencing a year of depression following the separation, Chris Martin maintains that his “conscious uncoupling” was very much amicable. Furthermore although the highly publicised divorce led to his depression, he sought comfort in literature and allowed himself time to “reassemble” himself.

Speaking about the separation Chris Martin explained:

“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.”

Following a similarly mutual separation with Gary Lineker and wife Danielle recently, we looked at amicable separations and what steps to take in order to aim for a similar outcome to your decision to split. These steps include effective communication methods between you and your spouse, along with remaining personable in a world of technology.


In 2014 when Chris Martine and Gwyneth Paltrow’s separation was first announced, media frenzy surrounded the couple’s announcement. Describing their separation after 10 years of marriage, as a “conscious uncoupling” in a statement released in a blog on website, Goop.  Following this, the term entered the world’s vocabulary over night, with many curious as to the exact meaning

Did this mean that the former couple were to divorce, or just separate and remain married?

Following this, a year later the couple filed for divorce.

According to The Telegraph, Katherine Woodward Thomas is the US psychotherapist behind the term, and has taught thousands of people since 2009 to ‘consciously uncouple’. She says the process of consciously uncoupling it to to negotiate the end of a romantic relationship with goodwill and respect for one another, and in a way that “enriches rather than wrecks lives.”

Gwyneth Paltrow has since admitted that she was not aware of the psychotherapist or her work prior to her announcement and has distanced herself from the now famous term. More recently, she addressed the “conscious uncoupling” in an interview, saying:

"I unwittingly created a whole sort of hoopla with my choice of words, it wasn't my words actually. I was sort of following a theory."

“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.”

In terms of co-parenting, both Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow continue to “reinforce” that they are a family. They choose to holiday together and maintain a close relationship to keep their family together.

If you would like to discuss separation or are faced with issues relating to your children. Contact one of our expert solicitors who will provide specialist advice and guidance to help you reach your desired conclusion. 

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