The couple was married in 2003 and appeared to be one of the more solid Hollywood marriages.
But they rarely appeared in public together and Martin wanted nothing to do with their celebrity lifestyle.
Paltrow was also a California girl, born an raised in the crucible of Hollywood to celebrity parents, director Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner. while Martin preferred a quiet life in England.
They had two children together, Apple and Moses. Here’s the full text of their statement:
It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. 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. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.
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. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.