During a discussion at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York Tuesday, Paltrow said the method used to split from Martin was not her own invention, although it was virtually unheard of at the time.
"We broke the [expletive] Internet," she joked of the split during a conversation with Katie Couric and Lisa Gersh, Us Weekly reports. All quips aside, Paltrow stood behind her alternative method of divorcing from Martin, saying "Then when you look back you go, 'Well, this is actually kind of a good thing to talk back, introducing in some way.' Like, what if you could break up in a way where you remain a family even though you're not a couple? And what would be that effect on your children and your community?"
Author Katherine Woodward Thomas actually coined the term conscious uncoupling in a step-by-step program of the same name for amicable divorces and breakups. The New York Times best seller advertises five steps to "living happily even after."
Over the weekend, Paltrow again opened up about her split from Martin, saying the divorce wasn't something she imagined for her life. "I am from a tribe of people who stay married," she said at an event hosted by Nicole Richie in Los Angeles. "All of my high school friends who I've grown up with and kindergarten friends, they're all married...I really don't come from a culture of divorce at all."
"I had very high hopes for what my life would be like," she said. "I absolutely assumed that I would be in a long, successful marriage...It was very challenging for me in terms of having to reassess what [the divorce] said...about me, these ideas that I had about...failure and how I could process it."