The failure of the marriage of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin was no surprise to those close to the couple, who say they have seen the split coming for several years — and even say the couple had an open relationship.
The couple was dogged by cheating rumors throughout their marriage, with Martin accused of carrying on with groupies while on tour and most recently of having flings with Kate Bosworth and Helena Christensen (the model denied the rumors but the actress isn’t talking). Paltrow has been linked to multiple men, including billionaire Jeffrey Soffer (now married to Elle Macpherson), Glee producer Brad Falchuk and lawyer Kevin Yorn.
A friend of the couple explained that they actually had an “open” relationship.
“If Chris was playing around, Gwyneth didn’t care,” a source told People. “She’s never been jealous or territorial. Her philosophy is, ‘We’re both adults. We make our own choices.’
“They were physically separated and emotionally,” the insider said. “They always have been comfortable doing things apart. No one thought that was unusual.
“They have been on and off for many years,” added another source. “The marriage was falling apart. It caused both of them tremendous pain, and they tried to fix it day after day.
“The writing was all over the walls. I’m surprised it took this long.”
Paltrow has previously commented that she is strangely OK with the idea of her spouse turning to someone else for whatever their own marriage might be missing.
“Life is complicated and long and I know people that I respect and admire and look up to who have had extramarital affairs,” she said while promoting her 2011 film Contagion.
“It’s like we’re flawed — we’re human beings and sometimes you make choices that other people are going to judge,” she said. “That’s their problem but I think that the more I live my life, the more I learn not to judge people for what they do.
“I think we’re all trying our best but life is complicated.”
Another clue? The new Coldplay album includes a track called “Another’s Arms,” in which Martin describes the aftermath of infidelity.
“Late night watching TV, used to be you here beside me, your body on my body. When the pain just rips through me. Another’s arms, another’s arms,” the lyrics read.
Sounds like the writing was on the wall.