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The loves of her life: Gwyneth's men before Chris Martin

Aishling Phelan

Published 26/03/2014 | 13:54

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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  Actor Brad Pitt (L), nominee for best supporting actor for his role as " Jeffrey Goines" in "12 Monkeys" and his companion Gwyneph Paltrow (R) arrives at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles 25 March for the 68th annual Academy awards. This is Pitt's first nomination for an Oscar.              AFP PHOTO Vince Bucci (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow

For years they appeared as a rock-solid couple, defying the damning curse of doomed Hollywood marriages, but actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin have split.

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Rumours circulated over the past year that the couple were experiencing problems from cheating allegations to extended periods apart.

After 10 years of marriage and two beautiful children, the famously private couple have announced their separation.

It’s hard to remember Hollywood sweetheart Gwyneth with anyone other than her rock star husband, but the actress had a colourful dating life before she settled down.

We take a look at her loves before Chris...

Brad Pitt

Gwyneth broke acting heartthrob Brad Pitt’s heart in 1997, admitting she was responsible for the end of their engagement.

The pair began dating in 1994, when the actress was in her early 20s, while co-starring with Brad in the flick ‘Seven’.

They were a tabloid favourite and Gwyneth later admitted that she shared too much of her relationship with the public.

She once told Diane Sawyer, ‘‘My kind of internal stuff really tripped up that whole relationship.’’

‘‘And I felt really responsible, and also like I was the architect of my own misery … I just made a big mess out of it,’’ she said.

The busy Hollywood golden couple had made a pact that they would never be apart for more than two weeks and shared an apartment in Manhattan.

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Ben Affleck

Gwyneth had a rocky on/off relationship with actor Ben Affleck that lasted until 2000.

She later said it didn’t work out because the pair shared different values, believing Ben ‘‘makes life tough for himself.’’

‘‘He's got a lot of complication, and you know, he really is a great guy. I just think we have a very different sort of value system,’’ she told GMA.

‘‘His perfect woman would be any sort of stripper at Scores. Anyone that serves cold beer in a bikini,’’ she added.

The starlet also told of the troubles and added pressure of being in a high-profile relationship.

‘‘It was strange to be part of a public couple,’’ she once told E!

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Luke Wilson

After her flings with Ben, she enjoyed a year-long romance with her co-star in Royal Tenenbaums, actor Luke Wilsonin in 2001.

The actors’ on-screen romance translated off-screen but fizzled out not long before her future-husband Chris captured her heart.

Unlike some of her other celebrity romances, Gwyneth kept her relationship with Luke more low-key.

They tried to shield themselves from the paparazzi, being spotted the odd time leaving supermarkets with dark sunglasses.

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Scott Speedman

Her ‘Duets’ co-star Scott Speedman is another old flame and the pair were once spotted holding hands at a Playboy Mansion party.

The pair shared a brief fling after their time filming together, not long after Gwyneth’s romance with Ben Affleck ended.

The Hollywood darling quickly ended their short dating life.

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