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March 27, 2014

Marilyn Stowe: Celebrity ‘uncoupling’ is not to be sniggered at

“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have announced their separation and the wording of the celebrity couple’s statement has attracted just as much attention as their split.

There is nothing unusual about the fact that they have decided to part, of course. Couples and parents split up all the time and celebrity marriages aren’t exactly renowned for their stability. Paltrow and Martin have been married for a decade which, by Hollywood standards, is pretty good going. But their stated intention to “consciously uncouple” has drawn a good deal of comment, bafflement – and, it must be said, derision.

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