Gwyneth Paltrow Consciously Uncouples From the Term “Consciously Uncoupled”

The actress says times have changed. 

Gwyneth Paltrow got a ton of backlash when in 2014 she announced her separation from then-husband Chris Martin by saying they were “consciously uncoupling.”

The Goop statement became the butt of jokes, even though the actress and the Coldplay frontman remain close for the sake of their kids, Apple and Moses. in 2015, Gwyneth defended the term to Elle saying it “opened a discussion” about how to break up without completely messing up your children's lives. 

“When I announced my husband and I were separating and we were trying to follow this specific way of doing it, the philosophy was  ‘conscious uncoupling’ and we broke the f***ing Internet. When I looked back, I thought it was a good thing to talk about and introduce. I thought 'What if you could break up in a way where you remain a family even though you aren't in a couple? And what would the knock-on effect be for your children and your community?' Even though we did it in an inelegant way because it was an emotional time and we didn't have enough context, along with the fact that it wasn't something I was inventing as it was already an established theory, I look back and I'm really glad it happened. It opened a discussion."

But, she says now, if she were to go through the divorce today, she wouldn’t use the term again.

In an interview with LinkedIn, Gwyneth said,  “[I wouldn’t use the term] Not in the same way. It sort of wouldn't be appropriate now.”

“It is a much bigger business and I'm not sure it would be the right place to do something like that,” she said. “At the time, it was still very small and very personal. It was such a difficult time in my life and I was trying so hard to protect my children and my family, Chris included. We were both fragile. It was really tough. To me it felt like this is a quiet way to do this and it is contained.”

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