It’s been more than two years since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their “conscious uncoupling” after more than 10 years of marriage. Since then, the high-profile exes have been relatively open about their amicable divorce and co-parenting their children, Apple and Moses.
“We loved each other very much and we still do love each other and we have these two beautiful children together,” Paltrow said in her new cover story for the UK’s Red magazine. “Time is an important part in it as well. We had broken up a year before we announced it, so we would have this time to work through everything.”
The Oscar winner, 43, admitted that she often had to check her hurt and insecurities at the door for the sake of their children.
“It’s also almost about having to press the ‘override’ button whenever you feel angry or jealous or whatever, broken-hearted. You have to press the button - I’m going back to the baseline of I love this person, he’s the father of my children, he’s a wonderful man. I’m just going to put my s**t aside for right now,” she said. “It really has not been easy for me at times, I’m sure it’s not been easy for him.”
But Paltrow thinks their struggle has been a necessary one, adding, “When we said we’re going to put the children first, we meant [it]… So we really tried [and] that meant I’m gonna check my s**t at the door, and I’m going to focus on all the reasons that I love you, that you’re like my brother and my family forever and we’ll deal with that stuff another time. It’s not always easy, but it’s just the way we wanted to try to do it.”
The split wasn’t what the former couple had imagined their life to be, but Paltrow has tried to make the best out of a difficult situation.
“I have to say it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, but it was our outcome and we’ve really done the best that we can,” she said.