“I had learned more about myself through that process than I could have imagined,” she said. “And because I focused on accountability, I was then able to find the most amazing man and build something that I’ve never had before."
“It was my birthday, my 38th. My ex-husband and I were tucked away in the Tuscan countryside, on a hill in a beautiful cottage with a view of the forest,” she wrote at the time.
“I don’t recall when it happened, exactly. I don’t remember which day of the weekend it was or the time of day. But I knew—despite long walks and longer lie-ins, big glasses of Barolo and hands held—my marriage was over."
From there, she was able to admit that she and Martin “didn't quite fit" as a couple, saying, “There was always a bit of unease and unrest. But man, did we love our children.”
In the end, Paltrow explained that both Martin and current husband Falchuk—whom she controversially doesn't live with—have played different, yet equally important roles in her life.
“I know my ex-husband was meant to be the father of my children,” Paltrow wrote, “and I know my current husband is meant to be the person I grow very old with. Conscious uncoupling lets us recognise those two different loves can coexist and nourish each other.”