Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin recently announced their divorce. The statement issued by them was “so Gwyneth” as all the Hollywood media has stated. It was very discreet, classy, and heartbreaking. Personally, I really thought that he was the salt to her Pepper (Potts) and that because they stayed out of limelight with their personal life, that they may just make it. However, this situation really shows that sometimes when it’s not right, it simply just isn’t right and no matter what you do, divorce isn’t necessarily anyone’s failure as a person, but simply something that happens to people. The statement issued by the couple was this:
” It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. 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. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. 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.”
Three things that are worth respect and admiration are as follows:
- The euphemistic term “conscious uncouple” is a great way of saying that they are splitting, but without the negative connation of saying they’re getting divorced. It shows a sense of taking responsibility of knowing what is wrong with their marriage and in their lives, and having the courage to dissolve what isn’t working.
- They put their children first. They aren’t using their children as a weapon, but looking out for what is best for their children regardless of how they feel toward each other. If every parent did this, children would be put through a lot less pain and suffering in the divorce process.
- They are handling this matter as private as possible. Regardless of the public statement indicating that the rest of this will be private, they do lead very private lives. Unlike most celeb divorces, they aren’t using this time to tear each other down in the public eye, but are acknowledging the issue that yes they are public figures, but no, they will not stoop to the level of drama and idea of “bad attention is still good attention.”