Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: Handling the Divorce

Actress, singer, author, candlemaker, and businesswoman, Gwyneth Paltrow started making headlines as early as 1995. But nothing has excited the media more than writing about the “Shakespeare in Love” actress’ love life. Having been seen dating several Hollywood stars, Paltrow’s history of love affairs surely didn’t create such a drama like her separation from Chris Martin. Why is that?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathan Congleton / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Gwyneth Paltrow.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathan Congleton / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Gwyneth Paltrow.


THE EARLY SUCCESS OF PALTROW

Being the daughter of Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner and television producer Bruce Paltrow, it is easy to understand how Gwyneth’s career had an early start. From the beginning of her acting roles, she caught the attention of critics, especially due to her appearance in the controversial film “Se7en”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bruce Birmelin / NBCU Photo Bank | Blythe Danner as Bonnie Von Stein, Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bruce Birmelin / NBCU Photo Bank | Blythe Danner as Bonnie Von Stein, Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard.

It was due to her impeccable acting in this movie that Paltrow went on to be cast in a series of movies: "Emma" (1996), "Great Expectations" (1998), and "A Perfect Murder" (1998). Her talent was soon recognized and she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "Shakespeare in Love". 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Starr / Corbis | Best Actress winner for Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow holds onto her Oscar at the 71st Annual Academy Awards Ceremony.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Starr / Corbis | Best Actress winner for Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow holds onto her Oscar at the 71st Annual Academy Awards Ceremony.


GWYNETH’S LOVE LIFE: A CHRONOLOGY

The tabloids were always happy to learn about and exploit Paltrow’s love flings. Having had a series of high-profile relationships, she eventually married Chris Martin, the lead singer from the band Coldplay. But who was able to steal Paltrow’s heart before? Keep reading to find all about the men that were involved with the Oscar-winning actress.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at the In goop Health Summit at 3Labs on June 9, 2018 in Culver City, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage at the In goop Health Summit at 3Labs on June 9, 2018 in Culver City, California.


ROBERT SEAN LEONARD: PALTROW’S FIRST PUBLIC LOVE AFFAIR

Between 1991 and 1992, Paltrow was in a relationship with American actor Robert Sean Leonard. The couple did try to keep a super low profile, reason why there aren’t many details about their love life, except that it eventually came to an end to give way to Paltrow’s future love affairs.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jenny Anderson | Robert Sean Leonard on stage at the The 63rd Annual Obie Awards at Terminal 5 on May 21, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jenny Anderson | Robert Sean Leonard on stage at the The 63rd Annual Obie Awards at Terminal 5 on May 21, 2018 in New York City.


DONOVAN JEROME LEITCH: THE MUSIC ARTIST

In the early 90s, Gwyneth had a fling with Camp Freddy band-member and model, Donovan Leitch Jr. The couple was together between 1993 and 1995 but eventually split up. We can only guess if it was due to Brad Pitt coming into the scene.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre | Donovan Jerome Leitch arrives at the premiere of Epix's "Punk" at SIR on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre | Donovan Jerome Leitch arrives at the premiere of Epix's "Punk" at SIR on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


BRAD PITT: 1994 TO 1997

Having met Brad Pitt during the filming of “Se7en”, the couple got engaged when Paltrow was only 24 years old. But the actress has since confirmed that she was the one responsible for breaking up the engagement, going as far as saying that she broke Pitt’s heart.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Diane Freed | Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Diane Freed | Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Paltrow admitted that her own personal history caused the breakup. “My kind of internal stuff really tripped up that whole relationship. And I felt really responsible, and also like I was the architect of my own misery [...] I just made a big mess out of it.”, she said.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hulton Archive / Andrew Shawaf / Online USA |  Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hulton Archive / Andrew Shawaf / Online USA | Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.


BEN AFFLECK: REBOUND?

Paltrow and Affleck were introduced during a dinner party back in 1997, and the duo went on to film two movies together: "Shakespeare In Love" and rom-com "Bounce". The couple enjoyed an on-and-off romance until the early 2000s, but Paltrow has since come forward to talk about why it didn’t work out.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Wolfson / Online USA | Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards January 24, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Wolfson / Online USA | Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards January 24, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.

“I just think we have a very different sort of value system, Ben makes life tough for himself. He’s got a lot of complications, and you know, he really is a great guy. So I hope he sorts himself out.”, she said. It didn’t come as a surprise, as she had just split up from a long-term relationship with Pitt.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Actors Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Actors Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.


SCOTT SPEEDMAN: 3 LOVE-FUELLED MONTHS

Being together between November 1998 and January 1999, Paltrow’s relationship with her “Duets” co-star Scott Speedman was a quick one. They shared a three-month fling shortly after Paltrow and Affleck’s relationship ended, but the actress didn’t seem too upset about it ending.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nicola Gell | Scott Speedman attends "Run This Town" Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Stateside Theater on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nicola Gell | Scott Speedman attends "Run This Town" Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Stateside Theater on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas.


CHRIS HEINZ: THE KETCHUP HEIR

Not long after splitting up with Speedman, Gwyneth took her chances with ketchup heir, Chris Heinz. According to reports from the New York Post’s Page Six, Heinz flew the blond heart-throb to London for their first date. Even though the pair has been seen together in several events, the romance didn’t last long.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Nevader / WireImage | Chris Heinz during Blender 2004 MTV VMA Pre-Party Hosted by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo - Inside at Nobu in Miami Beach, Flordia, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Nevader / WireImage | Chris Heinz during Blender 2004 MTV VMA Pre-Party Hosted by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo - Inside at Nobu in Miami Beach, Flordia, United States.


LUKE WILSON: THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

Having worked together during the filming of “The Royal Tenenbaums”, Paltrow and Wilson were spotted in New York being quite intimate. But the actress was quick to dismiss the media’s rumors: "I only wish I had the life you guys write about," the heart-throb reportedly said. "I'm single."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Luke Wilson attends the Casting Society of America's 33rd annual Artios Awards at Stage 48 on January 18, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Luke Wilson attends the Casting Society of America's 33rd annual Artios Awards at Stage 48 on January 18, 2018 in New York City.

However, some sources close to the couple had mentioned that “Gwyneth and Luke tell people they are just friends at the moment. But although they are taking things quite slowly there is no denying they are really enjoying each other’s company.” The love affair didn’t last long, and soon enough Paltrow was head over heels with Chris Martin.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Antony Jones / UK Press | Gwyneth Paltrow & Luke Wilson Shopping At A Supermarket Near Her Home In West London.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Antony Jones / UK Press | Gwyneth Paltrow & Luke Wilson Shopping At A Supermarket Near Her Home In West London.


GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN: WHAT’S THE TEA?

The power-couple that kept making headlines met in 2002 when Paltrow met Martin in the backstage of a Coldplay concert. According to Yahoo, the pair hit it off immediately, even though she was Martin’s first real girlfriend. But since they got divorced, the speculation as to why they split up has been soaring high.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Paltrow told British Vogue that she knew that her marriage with Martin was over long before the official announcement in 2014. The couple, who got married in 2003, was on a getaway in Italy in 2011 when reality hit Paltrow. “It was my birthday, my 38th,” the actress recalled, about their time together in the Tuscan countryside.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Iron Man 3" at the El Capitan Theatre on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Iron Man 3" at the El Capitan Theatre on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.


SHE DIDN’T KNOW WHY, BUT SHE WAS SURE THE MARRIAGE HAD COME TO AN END

“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.”, Paltrow continued.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Phillip Faraone | Goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow attends In goop Health Summit Los Angeles 2019 at Rolling Greens Nursery on May 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Phillip Faraone | Goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow attends In goop Health Summit Los Angeles 2019 at Rolling Greens Nursery on May 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

She went on to add that the split-up of the couple “felt almost involuntary, like the ring of a bell that has sounded and cannot be undone.” While she tried “to push it far down” and “convince myself it had been a fleeting thought,” she “knew it” was over “in my bones.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard | (L-R) goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Taraji P. Henson, Jessica Alba and Busy Philipps speak onstage at In goop Health Summit Los Angeles 2019 at Rolling Greens Nursery on May 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard | (L-R) goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Taraji P. Henson, Jessica Alba and Busy Philipps speak onstage at In goop Health Summit Los Angeles 2019 at Rolling Greens Nursery on May 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


A FRIENDSHIP ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE

The actress explained that Martin and she “had always been friends. We laughed at the same things, shared a funny bones humor, impressions, utter silliness. We were moved by the same qualities in music: beautiful chords, innovation, harmonies. Peter Gabriel, Chopin, Sigur Rós — though I listened for pleasure and he like he was studying for an exam.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vivien Killilea | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks at Fast Company with Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop at FC/LA: A Meeting Of The Most Creative Minds on May 16, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vivien Killilea | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks at Fast Company with Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop at FC/LA: A Meeting Of The Most Creative Minds on May 16, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.

However, according to Gwyneth, the pair “never fully settled into being a couple. We just didn’t quite fit together. There was always a bit of unease and unrest. But man, did we love our children,” she continued about the relationship. The couple has two children together, and still share their custody.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Harry How | Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (R) and Moses Martin and Apple Martin watch the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Harry How | Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (R) and Moses Martin and Apple Martin watch the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.


FINALLY, THE REALIZATION

“We did not want to fail. We didn’t want to let anyone down. We desperately didn’t want to hurt our children. We didn’t want to lose our family... But one day, despite all our efforts, I found that I was not at a fork in the road.”, Paltrow shared about how her marriage came to an end.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage during the 11th Annual Golden Heart Awards benefiting God's Love We Deliver on October 16, 2017 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage during the 11th Annual Golden Heart Awards benefiting God's Love We Deliver on October 16, 2017 in New York City.

Unfortunately, the actress felt the relationship wasn’t working out, saying “I was well down a path. Almost without realizing it, we had diverged. We’d never find ourselves together in that way again.” She was uneasy about the decision, as she thought of the divorces she knew were all “bitter, acrimonious, unending” and didn’t want that.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Stewart | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 11th Annual God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2017 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Stewart | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 11th Annual God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2017 in New York City.


CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING: WHAT IS IT AND DID IT WORK?

Paltrow and Martin went through couple’s therapy in order to save their marriage, and there they were introduced to the term “conscious uncoupling”. The actress mentioned that it “sounded a bit full of itself, painfully progressive and hard to swallow. However, they “decided to try” to still “be a family, even though we were not a couple.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Theo Wargo / WireImage | Gwyneth Paltrow attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Theo Wargo / WireImage | Gwyneth Paltrow attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.

According to Paltrow, the power-couple started practicing “conscious uncoupling” one year before they made their breakup public. She confessed that during some “days when we couldn’t stand each other, but [we] forced ourselves to remember what we were aiming for,” and has called it “the most challenging year of my life”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Layne Murdoch Jr. | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the goop pop Dallas Launch Party in Highland Park Village on November 20, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Layne Murdoch Jr. | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the goop pop Dallas Launch Party in Highland Park Village on November 20, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.


HOW DID THE COUPLE BREAK THE NEWS TO THEIR CHILDREN

“I felt ruled by fear. I worried about my children integrating into a new life, new school, new family structure. I worried about the world finding out that we were no longer together before we were ready to say it. And how to say it? What to say?”, Paltrow confessed in an interview.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Phillip Faraone | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the WSJ Tech D.Live at Montage Laguna Beach on November 13, 2018 in Laguna Beach, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Phillip Faraone | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the WSJ Tech D.Live at Montage Laguna Beach on November 13, 2018 in Laguna Beach, California.

The actress mentioned that “[...] the closer I got to myself, the more you give the kids a space to have their own feelings because they're not worried about 'What's this emotion I'm feeling?' It allows them to grow in an emotionally resolved space." Paltrow and Martin are co-parenting their children, Apple and Moses.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ian Tuttle | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the In goop Health Summit San Francisco 2019 at Craneway Pavilion on November 16, 2019 in Richmond, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ian Tuttle | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the In goop Health Summit San Francisco 2019 at Craneway Pavilion on November 16, 2019 in Richmond, California.


APPLE MARTIN: WHAT IS THE TEENAGER DOING NOW?

Gwyneth and Chris' oldest daughter has been following her parents' footsteps in the artistic world. Apple, who is now 15 years old, is a gifted dancer and singer who has recently been making a name for herself. Not only that, but she has admitted being a great fan of her mom’s brand.

Apple took the responsibility of helping her mother working behind the counter as well as advising customers about the products. The teenager, who is also a beauty guru, helped Paltrow develop her brand by suggesting the creation of contouring and lip kits. Apple will surely make a name for herself in the industry, and her parents couldn’t be prouder.


MOSES MARTIN: THE BABY OF THE FAMILY

Moses, the youngest child of Paltrow and Martin, has recently turned 14 years old. During the pandemic, his parents made a surprise drive-by parade with Moses' friends. Gwyneth, who refers to him as her "incredible kid", shared some pictures of the birthday party.

Sharing some pictures, Gwyneth said, "He is the kindest little man and he has the most unique way of looking at the world and expressing himself". She continued saying "Mosey, I could not be more proud of you in every way. You conquer all you set out to do, you never quit, you are immensely talented and a great friend."


BLENDED FAMILY: PALTROW, MARTIN, FALCHUK

Goop founder has explained how she, her ex-husband, and current partner, Brad Falchuk, have managed to blend their family. The actress mentioned that she and Brad only share a house for half of the week. Having married Falchuk recently, Paltrow is trying to have a sort of polarity in her new relationship.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Amy Sussman | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the world premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Amy Sussman | Gwyneth Paltrow attends the world premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Gwyneth mentioned that the couple lives in separate houses in Los Angeles, but that Falchuk usually spends at least 4 days a week with her. She indicated that “All my married friends say that the way we live sounds ideal and we shouldn't change a thing.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Tran / FilmMagic | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage during the 3rd Annual Airbnb Open Spotlight held at The Los Angeles Theater on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Tran / FilmMagic | Gwyneth Paltrow speaks onstage during the 3rd Annual Airbnb Open Spotlight held at The Los Angeles Theater on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Gwyneth Paltrow is not one to surprise her fans nor the media outlets, and surely more news and information about her new relationship will surely make the headlines soon. Let’s keep posted to find out what the star will shock us with next! 

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