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In recent months, Gwyneth Paltrow has been dogged by rumors of her having an affair. In fact, it was touted that her liaisons were the subject of Vanity Fair’s epic Paltrow take-down.

Now, on a Tuesday before the American tabloids hit the shelves, a surprising new development has occurred — she and Chris Martin have announced their 11-year marriage is over.

“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” the parents of two children announced on the GOOP website under the heading “Conscious Uncoupling.”

Paltrow, 41, and Coldplay frontman Martin, 37, say they had been “working hard for well over a year,” both together and “some of it separated,” to make their relationship work. The couple are parents to daughter Apple and son Moses.

“We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate,” they say. “We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.”

Saying they are “parents first and foremost,” they called on the public to respect “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,” concludes the announcement, signed, “Love, Gwyneth & Chris.”

What the hell is “Conscious Uncoupling” anyways? Who uses that term when they break up?

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