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While we're still holding out hope that Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow will decide to consciously couple again, the former Mr. and Mrs. Goop are still garnering praise for the healthy way they are managing their relationship post separation. Though he may not technically be Blythe Danner's son-in-law anymore, Martin is even getting approval from his former MIL.
According to Page Six, Danner couldn't stop gushing over both Paltrow and Martin at a VIP dinner for her film I'll See You in My Dreams. "They're so smart... both incredibly brilliant. They're making it work, they're great friends and the kids are in wonderful shape. So I have to take my hat off to both of them," Danner said.
But even Danner had to admit she had her reservations (and a fair amount of confusion) about the somewhat laughable way her daughter announced the separation. "People make fun of this, um, what do they call it? What is that thing that they've been doing? Separating, but being?" Danner asked a reporter who then reminded her of the now-famous "conscious uncoupling" term. "Yes, but it's called 'conscious' not 'conscious uncoupling.' Conscious..."
Just last month Paltrow admitted that she still questions whether or not separating from her husband of nearly 10 years was the right decision. "We've made a lot of mistakes, and we've had good days and bad days, but I have to say, I'm proud of us for working through so much stuff together — and not blaming and shaming," Paltrow told Harper's Bazaar UK. "Of course, there are times when I think it would have been better if we had stayed married, which is always what your children want. But we have been able to solidify this friend, so that we're really close."
Whether or not the pair will reconcile still remains unseen, but Paltrow has even said her relationship with Martin is "always a moving, amorphous thing."
As for Danner, who lost her husband of 33-years, Bruce Paltrow, in 2002, the actress doesn't foresee herself moving on to a new love interest anytime soon. "'When you've had the best, forget the rest,' and I kind of feel that way," she said. "I had an incredible husband. It would be great if somebody fell from the sky... because you do get lonely as you get older. But I'm very grateful that I have grandchildren on both coasts and they fill my heart."