Turns out, Gwyneth Paltrow never wanted to split from ex-husband Chris Martin back in 2014.
During a recent appearance on Anna Faris’ podcast, Unqualified, Paltrow revealed that she “never would have wanted” to split from Chris Martin, who she was married to for 11 years. The pair famously ‘consciously uncoupled’ in 2014, but officially divorced in 2016.
“I never would have wanted to get divorced,” the Goop founder revealed. “I never would have wanted to not be married to the father of my kids. Theoretically.”
Despite this, the Oscar-winner revealed that her split with Martin—who is rumoured to be engaged to Dakota Johnson— resulted in a healthy relationship with her current husband, Brad Falchuk.
And since their split, the ex-couple have remained close as they co-parent their 16-year-old daughter, Apple, and a 14-year-old son, Moses together.
“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.”