Rock 'n' roll doesn't tend to mix too well with marriage.
Yet for almost a decade, Coldplay's Christ Martin and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow turned this truism on its head.
Married for more than ten years, the two seemed to be the epitome of married bliss. Sadly, Paltrow broke the news to fans yesterday (March 25th) that the pair are to separate.
In a post titled 'Conscious Uncoupling' the actress wrote:
"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."
It's not all bad news for Chris Martin, though - Coldplay's new album 'Ghost Stories' is due to be released on May 19th.