Chris Martin: Gwyneth Paltrow split not traditional 'divorce'

By Marilyn Malara   |   March 22, 2016 at 7:03 AM
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LONDON, March 22 (UPI) -- Chris Martin doesn't think his split from ex-wife Gwenyth Paltrow was a divorce, in the traditional sense.

The Coldplay frontman, 39, explained in a recent interview with The Sunday Times he calls the infamous "conscious uncoupling" with the Ironman actress as a "separation-divorce."

"I have a very wonderful separation-divorce," Martin, who in February led a three-pronged halftime show at this year's Super Bowl, told the U.K. outlet "It's a divorce, but it's a weird one. It's funny. I don't think about that word very often -- divorce. I don't see it that way."

After 10 years of marriage, Martin and Paltrow, 43, split in 2014. The couple famously dubbed their divorce as an act of "conscious uncoupling," a term first coined in a book written by Katherine Woodward Thomas titled Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After.

Despite this method the duo enacted for the sake of their children Apple and Moses, the "Sky Full Of Stars" singer said he experienced depression for a year afterward.

"I still wake up down a lot of days. But now I feel like I've been given the tools to turn it around," Martin said in the interview. He said certain poems like "The Guest House" by Rumi helped him make sense of his situation.

"That one Rumi poem changes everything," Martin explained. "It says that even when you're unhappy, it's good for you. It took me a year to get it. A year of depression and all that."

Paltrow is now dating television producer Brad Falchuk and Martin is dating actress Annabelle Wallis. Although the two have moved on romantically, the couple's legal split has yet to be finalized in court.

"I see it more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through," Martin said. "I've lived a lot since then."

Last month, Paltrow described her relationship with the father of her children as similar to that of siblings. Speaking with Glamour magazine for its March issue, the actress said "We're still very much a family, even though we don't have a romantic relationship. He's like my brother."

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