On Tuesday news broke that actress and Goop head honcho Gwyneth Paltrow and her rock star hubby Chris Martin have broken up. And you know what? We were not surprised, like at all.
Why? Well, first things first. Any marriage is hard, and if you are a famous couple, the odds that you’ll stay together drop significantly. Now this isn’t some scientific fact or anything but just in looking at the large numbers of celebrity breakups, the odds are against them. If one of the two just happens to be a rock star, that makes having a successful marriage even harder. Plus add in that they are both doing such different things in so many places, and you realize getting quality time as a couple must be extremely hard to schedule.
We were all rooting for Gwyneth and Chris, right? Even though Gwyneth seemed to have it all, it was nice to see that someone was making it ALL work. But outward appearances aren’t everything. Apparently there was trouble in paradise.
There have been multiple rumors throughout the years of infidelity, most recently (just this past February)of Gwyneth having an affair with entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn, a claim her rep denied and said was untrue. The other thing is, the two are RARELY seen together. I had assumed that it was because they liked to keep their marriage out of the spotlight, but you’d think we’d see them together more often than we do. Another clue is that the two just bought a new house in Malibu, and while many celebrities snap up real estate, their roots being more firmly in Los Angeles vs. London seems to say a whole lot.
The two confirmed their split on Paltrow’s Goop (an odd place to break the news), which went down as soon as the news broke with people rushing to the website to read the statement which said:
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 coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
Gwyneth & Chris
But the biggest thing is their kids. Not only do they have über-famous parents to contend with, but now they also have the baggage of dealing with their separation. Hopefully Gwyneth and Chris’s promise to co-parent goes well.
Does their breakup surprise you at all?
Photo Source: Goop/Gwyneth Paltrow