You’ll remember that, just a few weeks back, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were on holiday in Mexico with their two young kids, Apple and Moses. Despite what other publications were hinting at, their Mexican holiday was no romantic getaway. It was, of course, for their children. Despite seemingly happy holidays, Gwyneth and Chris’s divorce was finalised yesterday. The couple used their respective business managers to amicably divide custody of Apple and Moses as well as divvying up their considerable fortune (reportedly £89 million) and property portfolio, away from the circus of the courtroom. The divorce documents will cite irreconcilable differences.
The Ironman actress and Coldplay frontman married in December 2003, and divided their time between homes in New York, LA and London. At the time, Gwyneth said their marriage was the “best decision I ever made.” In 2013, however, she admitted all was not rosy. “It’s hard being married,” she said. “ You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple.” The split was finally announced on her website Goop in March 2014.
The following month, Chris told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe that he had to work on himself. “ I wouldn't use the word breakdown,” he said about the end of his marriage. “ This was more a realisation about trying to grow up basically… if you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way.”
Whilst it’s always sad when a couple go their separate ways, you can’t help but more than admire all the adults – including Chris’s new girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth’s boyfriend Glee executive Brad Falchuk - who are involved in this very modern family scenario. All have acted (publicly at least) with considerable dignity. And, to that, we tip our hats.