Gwenyth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin took a lot of heat in 2014 when they announced that they were ending their decade-long marriage via "conscious uncoupling." The gentle-sounding alternative to a contentious divorce was widely mocked for its touchy-feelyness, but, as Paltrow explained to Dax Shepard on his popular Armchair Expert podcast on Monday (March 18), there was a very good reason why the parents of two then-young children tried to keep things civil.
Paltrow explained that she had nothing to do with making up the crunchy term, which she believes was actually coined in the 1970s. "It's such a beautiful concept. You're staring down the barrel of a divorce, the worst outcome possible. My parents were married until my dad died," she said. "All my best friends, all their parents were married, they all married their college or high school person, they’re still married. I just didn’t come from a world where there was a lot of divorce.”
The idea, she said, was to skip past all the acrimony and anger and get to the point where she and Martin could be friends and help each other raise their kids. They seem to have achieved that détente, as evidenced by stories and pictures of the pair spending holidays together along with their significant others. "We have always conducted our relationship priavately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner," the couple said at the time.