Unlike many A-listers, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin lived most of their private lives out of the spotlight but not even this has saved them from splitting, it was revealed today.

The news was released in a statement on Gwyneth’s Goop website explaining that the pair had decided to ‘consciously uncouple’ – or in plain English, split up. The Oscar-winning actress and the Coldplay frontman have two children, Apple, 9 and Moses, 7, who are currently  holidaying with them in the Bahamas as the news of their separation is released.

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Chris, 37 and Gwyneth, 41, have apparently been trying for over a year to save the relationship. “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,” the statement read.

“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.”

Rarely seen with their children in the public eye, the pair have conducted their relationship away from the spotlight as much as possible. “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,” continued the statement.

Chris had famously written the 2005 Coldplay song Fix You for Gwyneth following the death of her father, Bruce. Chris is currently promoting the band’s new album Ghost Stories while Gwyneth has just finished filming Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and starred in the 100th episode of Glee.

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