Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin escaped to Bahamas before announcing marriage split...which crashed her site
The former couple confirmed they were ending their marriage of over ten years via a statement on Gwyneth’s Goop website on Tuesday.
And apparently they were anticipating the unavoidable frenzy news of their breakup would cause, with sources telling Us Weekly they enjoyed a quiet getaway not long before announcing they had separated.
Chris and Gwyneth got married in December 2003 and have two children – son Moses, seven, and daughter Apple, nine.
There was intense speculation over the past year about the status of their relationship, with rumours circulating that the marriage was on the rocks.
Gwyneth never pretended to find marriage easy, and has previously explained the reason they are rarely seen together in public is out of respect for Chris’ career.
“He makes music for his fans, and he doesn’t want people to conjure a lame famous couple when they’re getting into his music. I get it,” she told the US edition of Elle magazine in 2011.
“Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren’t all rosy. I always say, life is long and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Gwyneth and Chris have made it clear that despite the split they still love and respect each other, and will continue to take care of their children together.
This is a sentiment the actress has often spoken about in the past.
“If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, I respect him so much as the father of my children. Like, I made such a good choice,” she said. “He’s such a good dad. You can never be relaxed or smug and think, I’ve got this thing. That’s also part of it - keeping yourself on your toes. I’m not going to take this for granted.”
Meanwhile, readers flocked to the actress’ lifestyle blog Goop after Gwyneth posted a statement admitting she and husband Chris Martin are separating after more than 10 years of marriage.
The site clearly couldn’t handle the sudden influx of visitors and crashed under the strain.
"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," reads the post titled "Conscious Uncoupling".
"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 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.”
Gwyneth and Chris have been married since December 2003 and share daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.
The actress has spoken before about how important her family is to her and insists she will always prioritise their well-being.
"When I’m with my kids, I give them everything I have. And when I’m not, I give whatever I’m doing everything I have. And that’s my work/life balance," she told Red magazine last year.
"I’ve made it work for me, but it doesn’t matter what my specific thing is, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. It matters what you think of yourself. And what your children think. So if anyone is going to ask my advice, I’d say, do what is right for you and don’t give a s**t what anyone else thinks."