Gwyneth Paltrow says she was “meant to be” with her ex-husband Chris Martin.
The 46-year-old actress - who is now married to producer Brad Falchuck - has two children, Apple, 14, and Moses, 12, with her former spouse, and believes that despite their split in 2014 after a decade of marriage, they were always supposed to be “together” in order to have their brood.
She said: "Family structure can be reinvented and divorce doesn’t have to be devastating. It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody. I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.”
The Iron Man star and the Coldplay frontman were separated for a year before they announced the news of their split - where they infamously used the term “conscious uncoupling” - and Gwyneth said the former couple tried their best to make sure it wasn’t “really hard” for them or their kids.
Speaking to ES magazine, she said: "We were separated for a year before we announced we were separated. We kept it very quiet, and in that time I asked adult friends with divorced parents what they remembered. There was this resounding theme: 'It was really hard because for the first two years my parents didn’t speak. It was awful for a while,' or 'My parents hated each other.' And I thought, 'I would really love to skip that part.' Those kids felt they were constantly betraying one parent by being with the other.”