Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris
Martin are the latest high-profile celebrity couple to roll the credits on
their marriage vows. The 48-year-old actress has filed for divorce from the
38-year-old Coldplay crooner 10 years after saying ‘I do.’ Though the duo first announced their split in March 2014 by declaring a “conscious uncoupling,” neither party had formally sought a divorce prior to Paltrow’s filing in Los Angeles on Monday.
The Iron Man actress cited irreconcilable differences as the driving factor behind her divorce from Martin, but it is unclear what led her to finally formalize their separation. After all, the divorce papers state that the pair had first separated May 6, 2013 – almost a year before announcing their famous “uncoupling” in early 2014.
When they first publicized their separation, Paltrow and Martin released the following statement: “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.”
Martin and Paltrow have two children together, Apple and Moses. Paltrow has requested joint physical and legal custody of both children.
“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.”
At this point, it seems likely that Martin and Paltrow’s official split will be more amicable than the majority of divorce proceedings – celebrity or not – perhaps due to the fact that they ‘consciously uncoupled’ when they realized they were unhappy.