We’ll never hear the end of the tale of the “conscious uncoupling” that took place between Gwyneth Paltrow and ex-husband Chris Martin. But, four years after they split, their unique approach has positioned them as one of the most mature couples in Hollywood.
On Thursday night, Paltrow opened up about the nature of their relationship in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “He’s really like my brother, we’re very familial,” Paltrow said to Colbert about her closeness to Martin.
Apparently, the main reason Paltrow and Martin have been able to keep themselves on such good terms is because the former married couple “genuinely wanted our kids to be as unscathed as possible.” Even though they are definitely not a couple anymore, there is nothing wrong with sticking together for the kids, according to Paltrow. “Divorce is terrible, it was very painful, it was really hard,” she said. So far, it seems to be that everything is working out just fine for both parents, and for their two children, Apple and Moses.
Paltrow’s new husband-to-be, producer Brad Falchuk, also appears to be supportive of the former married couple’s attempt at keeping things familial for the sake of their kids. Falchuk, who has been with Paltrow for about three years and also has his own children from a previous relationship, has even made an appearance at the brunch table with Martin, so it seems that everyone must be adjusting to the new family additions swimmingly. Paltrow is not the only half of the couple to have moved on romantically—Martin has most recently been linked to Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson. “Personally, at midlife, I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be,” the Goop founder said to Colbert. Sometimes, with age really does come wisdom, or at least that may be the case for Paltrow.