A modern split: conscious uncoupling in paradise
The answer, it seems, is for the uncoupled husband and wife to take an island holiday together.
The Hollywood actress and the Coldplay singer made the break-up announcement from an island in the Bahamas, according to US sources. They are believed to have flown there by private jet last week with their children Apple (9) and Moses (7).
The holiday appeared to support the couple's claim that they are "in many ways closer than we have ever been" despite agreeing to separate. It also allowed the couple to shield their children from the inevitable media interest.
It was reported by US websites that the famously private couple travelled to Eleuthera, an island favoured by celebrities such as George Clooney and Lenny Kravitz who wish to escape the limelight.
The concept of "conscious uncoupling", as detailed on Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop, holds that there is no need for "the traditional, contentious divorce". The couple have been in the process of breaking up for "well over a year", their statement said.
In recent months, Paltrow's spokesman has countered rumours linking her to Kevin Yorn, an entertainment lawyer, and Jeffrey Soffer, the billionaire husband of Elle Macpherson, the model. Her spokesman called them "100pc false".
Two weeks ago, Coldplay released a new track, 'Magic', online. The lyrics hint that Martin was not the instigator of the break-up.
He sings of his heart being "broken in two" and repeats: "I don't want anybody else but you."
The family relocated to Los Angeles last summer after several years in London. Martin was said to be homesick, whereas Paltrow told an interviewer that she was delighted to be close to her family and "posse" of girlfriends. (© Daily Telegraph, London)