Gwyneth Paltrow has always been open about her marital challenges with Chris Martin. The actress — who announced her "conscious uncoupling" from the Coldplay frontman Tuesday — has been extremely vocal about their troubled relationship for years. Back in May 2013, the Goop lifestyle blogger, 41, revealed the pair of 10 years had experienced "terrible times" together.
"It's hard being married," she said in Glamour U.K.'s June issue. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple." She continued: "I asked my dad once, 'How did you and Mom stay married for 33 years?' And he said, 'Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.'"
"I think that's what happens," she added. "When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person's saying, 'Come on, we can do this,' you carry on."
Four years earlier, the Glee guest star, 41, dropped similar hints when she discussed how relationships doesn't always last. "A long-term relationship between two people is an ever-evolving organism," she wrote in her Goop.com newsletter in July 2009. "Some stay the course, some fall, all stumble."
Paltrow and Martin, 37, first met at a Coldplay concert in 2002 and married in a very private ceremony the following year in Southern California. Although the parents of daughter Apple, 9, and son Moses, 7, have decided to go their separate ways, they have spoken out about the better times as well.
"We laugh, we're good friends, we like to do the same stuff," the Oscar winner said in the October 2013 issue of Marie Claire Australia. "I'm a very grounded, homey person, and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter," she added to Glamour U.K. in 2013. "So I never say, 'Where are you? You should be home by now.' I never place demands on him because I think he's a really talented man and he's putting something good into the world."
Martin told CBS Sunday Morning back in October 2011 that the actress was the most serious relationship he's ever been in. "It's a giant leap. Let's face it: it's like winning the lottery," he quipped. "It's made it more focused," he said of fatherhood. "And you have a purpose. I like what it does. Just the idea of having to work hard so your kids are okay."
As previously reported, Paltrow and Martin have since escaped to the Bahamas amid their separation news. "We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been," Paltrow said in the couple's official statement on March 26. "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."
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