Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their split in 2013, they have been very upfront about their relationship, the difficulties of divorce and the importance of family – something that was addressed this week.
The former couple, who wed in 2003, issued their separation announcement on the Goop website 10 years after tying the knot, introducing us to the term ‘consciously uncoupling’.
‘It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,’ the couple wrote in their statement. ‘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 are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.’
Since announcing the news, both Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have moved on while successfully remaining close friends, extending the olive branch to each other’s new partners and making a conscious effort to stay a family for life’s key moments.
Gwyneth went one step further this weekend, celebrating International Women’s Day with not one but two of her mothers in law.
Honouring the empowering date, Gwyneth posted a photograph of herself with her two mothers in law, Alison Martin and Nancy Falchuk.
‘The beauty on my left is my mother in law, #nancyfalchuk,’ Gwyneth captioned a photo of the three of them. ‘The beauty on my right is my first mother in law #alisonmartin.’
‘On international women’s day, I want to express my gratitude for all of the women in my life,’ she continued. ‘I love the women in my life! You are nurturers, powerhouses, brainiacs, sisters, comedians all in one. When we are sisters to each other, miracles happen.’
Yes. If you thought Chris Martin and Brad Falchuk brunching together was unusual, how do you feel about their mums being friends?
The internet has responded positively to the news, commending the three women on their maturity, posting 'That’s how you do it!’
‘It’s beautiful to see grownups acting like grownups!,’ one follower posted. ‘This is what family is about, letting go of jealousy and past ache!’
‘You are a winner!’ Posted another. ‘This is fabulous. Both grandmas to you kids and that what matters.’
Gwyneth - always one step ahead!
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