Paltrow and Martin 'consciously uncoupled'

Paltrow and Martin 'consciously uncoupled'
Singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have been married for 11 years.

LOS ANGELES - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her rocker husband Chris Martin said they have broken up. Or rather, they have "consciously uncoupled".

The new buzzword became the talk of the Internet on Tuesday after they titled their statement on the split "Conscious Uncoupling".

"It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," they said on Paltrow's lifestyle website

"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."

They said that as they "consciously uncouple and co-parent" their daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven, they hoped for privacy.

Internet talk about what could have soured the 11-year union was sidetracked as people started having fun with the term.

On Twitter, a poster asked if that was a new replacement for "irreconcilable differences", which celebrities hide behind when they split up.

"Didn't you learn conscious uncoupling at Space Camp? Something to do with the International Space Station?" went another tweet.

More about

Purchase this article for republication.
Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.