Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin Split: Cameron Diaz Defends "Conscious Uncoupling," Says She's "Proud" of Her Friends

Celebrity News Mar. 27, 2014 AT 7:35PM
Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz Two days after announcing their split, longtime friend Cameron Diaz has praised Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin on their "conscious uncoupling" decision; "I'm so proud of them" Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Cam's in their corner! Just two days after announcing their split, longtime friend Cameron Diaz has commended Gwyneth Paltrow and estranged husband Chris Martin on their "conscious uncoupling" decision.

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"I think it's actually a very elevated and conscious [decision] and realized statement -- when people like Chris and Gwyneth who really worked hard to be friends and keep the things that are good and work in their relationship, which is being friends and being parents," Diaz, 41, said to Extra on Thursday, March 27.

"People go separate ways in other aspects of their life and I think it's really brave of them to phrase it that way," she continued. "Leaving as a couple and deciding to stay together as parents and as friends -- I think it's beautiful." She added: "I'm so proud of them."

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Paltrow, 41, and the Coldplay frontman, 37, announced they were separating after more than 10 years of marriage on the Oscar winner's GOOP website on March 25. The pair used the phrase "conscious uncoupling," which is a new practice developed by bestselling author Katherine Woodward Thomas. It is a 5-week program that helps couples breakup in an easy, healthy way. 

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"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," Paltrow and Martin's statement read. "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." (The pair are parents to daughter Apple, 9, and son Moses, 7.)

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