In an essay titled "Conscious Uncoupling," Paltrow and Martin released a joint statement: “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.
“We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
Martin (who is the lead singer of Coldplay) and Paltrow got married in 2003. They have two children together: daughter Apple (born in 2004) and son Moses (born in 2006).
Paltrow and Martin were rarely photographed in public together, but in January 2014, they attended some high-profile events together in the Los Angeles area, including the Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer and Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home charity gala. Martin was at the Golden Globe Awards because Coldplay's "Atlas" (from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") had been nominated for Best Original Song.
The announcement of Paltrow/Martin split came six months after rumors circulated that Vanity Fair was doing an exposé of Paltrow and her personal life, including allegations that Paltrow cheated on Martin during their marriage. The article never happened, and Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter later wrote an editorial in the magazine denying rumors that the article was killed because Paltrow threatened to blackball Vanity Fair.
Paltrow won an Oscar for Best Actress for the 1998 movie "Shakespeare in Love." Her biggest hits are the "Iron Man" movies, where she has the role of Pepper Potts.