Martin and Paltrow say they remain committed to co-parenting their young children, Apple and Moses, and that in "many ways we are closer than we have ever been." They ask for privacy.
The surge in traffic to GOOP immediately following the announcement caused the lifestyle newsletter/site, which launched in 2008, to crash.
After dating actors like Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck in the 1990s, Paltrow met Martin in October 2002, two months after the release of Coldplay's breakout album "A Rush of Blood to the Head." The couple married in December 2003, and Paltrow gave birth to a daughter and a son, Apple Blythe Alison Martin in 2004 and Moses Bruce Anthony Martin in 2006.
"It's hard being married," Paltrow, who lived in Martin's native England, admitted to Glamour U.K. last summer. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple."
Paltrow continued, "I asked my dad once, 'How did you and Mom stay married for 33 years?' And he said, 'Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.' I think that's what happens. When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person's saying, 'Come on, we can do this,' you carry on."
Read Paltrow and Martin's full statement below:
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
Below the joint statement, Paltrow's website includes an essay on divorce by Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami that asks the question, "What if divorce itself isn’t the problem? What if it’s just a symptom of something deeper that needs our attention? The high divorce rate might actually be a calling to learn a new way of being in relationships." The report includes subtitles like "Until Death Do Us Part," "End of the Honeymoon," "Intimacy & Insects" and "Wholeness in Separation."
"It seems ironic to say that a marriage coming apart is the cause of something else coming together, but it's true. Conscious uncoupling brings wholeness to the spirits of both people who choose to recognize each other as their teacher."