TODAY   |  March 26, 2014

Paltrow and Martin split by ‘conscious uncoupling’

Celebrity couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin is calling it quits after more than a decade of marriage. The couple is, what they call, engaged in “conscious uncoupling,” avoiding the word “divorce.” NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> and we are back with the latest celebrity split that is making headlines around the world. and nbc's stephanie gosk has more on this. steph, good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah. they're one of hollywood's top power couples, after more than a decade of marriage, gwyneth paltrow and chris martin are what they call consciously uncoupling.

>> there had already been breakup rumors about academy award winner gwyneth paltrow , coldplay's front man chris martin . even the most private celebrity couples can't hide marital discourse. the confirmation came in a joint statement on paltrow's advice and lifestyle website the post was titled conscious uncoupling. the word divorce consciously unused. it is with hearts full of sadness we have decided to separate. as soon as the news spread, the website crashed. the end of what started as a storybook romance. paltrow and martin met at a coldplay concert in 2002 and tied the knot the next year. the couple has an oscar, an emmy, seven grammys and two children. 9-year-old apple and 7-year-old moses. we are, however, and always will be a family. the statement reads. we have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.

>> while they were seen in public a lot in recent months, obviously, that was something that was underlying between the two of them.

>> paltrow and martin say they tried hard to save their marriage even making a rare appearance in the golden globes this january. but in the end, they couldn't make it work. paltrow's website, goop, target of withering criticism in the past tried to make this a teachable moment. the couple's statement was followed by tips. the doctors write the high divorce rate might actually be a calling to learn a new way of being in relationships. according to the doctors, the idea of until death do us part is no longer realistic now that humans are living decades longer than before and will have two or three significant long-term relationships in their lifetime. our biology and psychology aren't set up to be with one person for four, five, or six decades. for paltrow and martin, just one decade was apparently enough.

>> so the term conscious uncoupling was coined by a psychotherapist. it's a kind of new age self help stuff that shows up on paltrow's website, that to be honest, is why she's often criticized for it.

>> well, that was a new one on me. i'd never heard that one before. thank you very much. appreciate it. and we'll send it over to matt.

>> thanks very much.