Gwyneth Paltrow Says Backlash To 'Conscious Uncoupling' From Chris Martin Was 'Brutal'
Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up about the public fallout over her use of the term "conscious uncoupling" when announcing her separation from ex-husband Chris Martin in 2014.
Speaking out on the now-infamous moment in which she declared she and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin were "consciously uncoupling" back in 2014, Gwynnie has now shed some light on her interesting choice of words when announcing her divorce.
Speaking to Dax Shepard for his podcast Armchair Expert, the Goop founder revealed that she chose to use the term as it encapsulated the pair's situation more appropriately.
“It had been coined in the ’70s, I think,” Paltrow mused, adding, “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. 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 actress added that she had also researched the effects of divorce on kids so that her two children with the muso -- Apple, 14, and Moses, 12 -- weren't negatively affected by their parent's split.
“The most common wound that I heard from children of divorce was, ‘My parents couldn’t be in the same room and couldn’t be friends. It took three years, it took 18 years, it took -- God forbid -- the death of a close family member for them to sit at the same table,’ ” the 46-year-old explained.
“I just thought, ‘I wonder if there’s a way to circumvent that and go directly to the point where we’re friends and we remember what we loved about each other, and constantly acknowledge that we created these incredible human beings together.'”
She added, “We’re a family, that’s it. We can pretend we’re not, and hate each other… or, [we can] try to reinvent this for ourselves.”
She added that on top of the strain of the break-up, the major backlash she received simply for using the term "conscious uncoupling" only added to what was already a tough time for her family.
“[It felt like a] layer of the world turning on us about saying, essentially, we just want to be nice to each other and stay a family.”
“It was brutal,” she said of the reaction. “I already felt like I had no skin on.”
However, it's all happy days now, with the pair remaining close friends while co-parenting their two children. Chris is now dating actress Dakota Johnson, while Gwyneth married TV producer Brad Falchuk in September.
In fact, the former married couple is still so close that Chris even came along on Gwynnie and Brad's honeymoon along with family friends.
“We just took our honeymoon in the Maldives and we had a big family honeymoon over Christmas,” Paltrow revealed on Live with Kelly and Ryan in January.
She continued, “So, my new husband and his children, my children, my ex-husband, our best family friends [all went]. It was a very modern honeymoon.”
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