Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her 'Conscious Uncoupling' from Chris Martin

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her 'Conscious Uncoupling' from Chris Martin

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Following the rules is simply not Gwyneth Paltrow's way of doing things. Whether it's the trajectory of her career (including actress, cookbook writer, and now lifestyle business owner) or the way she approaches her relationships, she is not a fan of being put in a box: whether self-imposed by sticking to one revenue stream or by the media.

She nearly broke the Internet when she announced her split from husband and Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin — moreso for their "conscious uncoupling" approach than anything else. Believe it or not, Paltrow actually thought the adverse reaction to the concept was a good thing. On "The Business of Goop" panel during Fast Company's Innovation Festival on Tuesday, she told moderator Katie Couric, "When I looked back, I thought it was a good thing to talk about and introduce."

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Paltrow continued, "What if you could break up in a way where you remain a family even though you aren't in a couple? And what would the knock-on effect be for your children and your community? Even though we did it in an inelegant way because it was an emotional time and we didn't have enough context, along with the fact that it wasn't something I was inventing as it was already an established theory, I look back and I'm really glad it happened. It opened a discussion."

During the panel, Paltrow announced that she will be releasing a Goop skincare line next year, a cookbook in the Spring, and starting her own book imprint called Goop Press. She also talked about female entrepreneurs and her friendships with Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba: "I think we're living in such an exciting time where women feel they have the capability and the permission to expand, to go into different areas. It's wonderful to see women feeling entrepreneurial and bullish about what they can bring to the market and to the culture. We're all doing very different things and touching on different markets. We help each other and we talk all the time."

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