The Hype
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit: Goop

41-year-old Paltrow made the announcement via a blog post on her lifestyle site, Goop, entitled 'Conscious Uncoupling'.

“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” the statement read.

"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.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala in January, 2014. Credit: AP

"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."

The couple were married in 2003, and have two children together - Apple, aged nine, and Moses, aged seven.