Gwyneth Paltrow may be happily married to Brad Falchuk (since last September), but that doesn’t stop her from referencing her relationship with ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, in often unusual and untraditional ways. When the couple broke up after a decade of marriage in 2015, they seemed to be pretty cordial about the whole affair, and since then, Gwyneth’s comments have just been getting weirder. Here are some of the strangest things she's said about (or to) her ex-husband.
1. “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."
Who can forget the infamous statement Gwyneth made announcing her divorce? The term “consciously uncouple” hit mainstream, and Gwyneth was made fun of because it suggested she was trying to pretend her breakup was perfect — and TBH, the phrasing also didn’t make much sense. Thankfully, she’s since taken back that comment, and explained that it was just a way to signify a friendly breakup.
2. “He’s like my brother.”
Um, what? Apparently, that’s what Gwyneth says she thinks Chris Martin is like now that they’re no longer romantically involved. She told Glamour, “We're still very much a family, even though we don't have a romantic relationship. He's like my brother.” To go from romantic to brotherly seems a bit strange, though, don’t you think?
3. “Chris and I were meant to be together.”
A more recent quote from the Goop entrepreneur also struck us as a bit odd, especially since she’s now married to someone else. In a new interview with the Evening Standard, Gwyneth went into a bit more detail about what her divorce was really like.
“Family structure can be reinvented and divorce doesn’t have to be devastating,” she told the UK outlet. “It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody. I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.” And while we completely agree that sometimes relationships aren’t meant to last, we don’t know how our partners would feel if we used the term “meant to be together” for an ex-flame.
4. “It was a very modern honeymoon.”
Also, would your new partner be okay with you taking your ex on your honeymoon? Apparently, Brad Falchuk was fine with having Chris Martin and the kids together on what was supposed to their romantic time alone as a couple. "It was a very modern honeymoon,” she told LIVE with Kelly and Ryan of the family outing to the Maldives. And according to her, they all had a great time. Okay, then...
5. “I’ve never been a stepmother before. I don’t know how to do it.”
Gwyneth’s new husband, Brad, actually has two teens — Isabella and Brody — from a previous marriage, making Gwyneth stepmom to both. And while most would argue this is a fairly normal adjustment to make if you’re marrying someone who has been married before, Gwyneth thinks she can only be a stepmother if she’s been one before… at least, according to what she told The Wall Street Journal.
6. “I think we’ve managed to really stay a family. Chris is a very close friend. I see him every day, I talk to him every day.”
While staying friendly with your ex is a necessity when there are children involved, it seems that Gwyneth has decided to push the envelope a little — by seeing her ex every single day, according to an interview with The Evening Standard. When you don’t live together and are trying to move on, it seems pretty unconventional to see your ex-partner every single day, but we guess that's not the case where Gwyneth is concerned.
7. “No. Not at all…I can't imagine [being in love with Chris] at all."
When Gwyneth was on the Howard Stern Show in May 2018, she reportedly had a really strange answer to a question from the host. He asked her (regarding Chris), “Do you remember being in love with him or does it just seem foreign now?" To this, Gwyneth responded that she couldn’t imagine being in love with Chris at all. Um… harsh, especially if you’re still so close! Most people remember their exes fondly and recall the time they’re in love, but we guess not Gwyneth.
8. “You are a ray of sunshine.”
On Father’s Day last year, Gwyneth decided she would focus on wishing the father of her children in a very unconventional way. She posted a sweet picture of Chris hugging kids Apple and Moses, captioning it, “Happy Father’s Day cajm, you are a ray of sunshine.” Using Chris’s nickname, she made it seem like a really romantic post… which, of course, it wasn’t intended to be.
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