Gwyneth and Chris Split: Where Were the Warning Signs?

Jeremy Blacklow
Yahoo CelebrityMarch 26, 2014
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For several years now, rumors of trouble in the relationship between Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have floated around celebrity news circles.

While some fans may not have been shocked by the news Tuesday that the couple is separating after 10 years of marriage, others were very surprised, especially given the fact that they've appeared together more in the past couple of months than they had in previous years.

Just this past Saturday, Chris's band, Coldplay, played a private industry party at the Sony lot in Culver City, California. Gwyneth and her mom, Blythe Danner, attended to support Chris. To all appearances, they seemed very much an active couple, smiling throughout the evening, with no signs of tension evident.

During the first week of March, the family was seen out and about together in Venice Beach along Abbott Kinney Boulevard, enjoying food truck noshes during the neighborhood's famous First Fridays.

Back in January, the couple also appeared lovey-dovey at Sean Penn's 3rd annual Help Haiti Gala, which took place the night before the Golden Globes. They smiled and were physically affectionate with each other the whole evening. Chris even got into a spirited auction bidding war with Charlize Theron, besting her with a $650,000 bid to win a Banksy "Balloon for Haiti" painting. Chris and Gwyneth also attended the Globes together, although they snuck into the ceremony, skipping the red carpet.

And over New Year's, the family was photographed together on vacation in Hawaii. Prior this trip however, they hadn't been seen much together as a unit since a July 2013 trip to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

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Additionally, the couple has been extremely busy with real estate recently. Just five days ago, the L.A. Times reported that the couple had just purchased a $14 million John Lautner-designed house together in Malibu. The post-and-beam home was originally built in 1972 and reportedly features "heated soundstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, a library/study, an office, a gym, four bedrooms and three bathrooms … An outdoor steam room and shower, a tennis court and a swimming pool." That's no small purchase!

For some time now, the gossip mill has been churning that Chris wants to move their family back to his native England, where they lived together in the early years of their marriage. These rumors persisted despite the couple having reportedly put their London mansion on the market in February.

And back in June 2012, the couple bought a $10.45 million home in the Mandeville Canyon hills area above L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood. In addition to these three properties, they also own homes in New York City and Amagansett in the Hamptons.

In the midst of this marital turmoil, Chris is gearing up for a huge promotional push with Coldplay. Their 6th studio album, "Ghost Stories," is due out May 19. Chris will also begin as a "key adviser" to the contestants on all four judges' teams on NBC's hit singing competition show, "The Voice," beginning March 31.

Coldplay made a huge splash at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin two weeks ago, debuting much of their new music live for the first time, to high critical acclaim.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth has been dealing for sometime with accusations that she had an affair with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer, the proprietor of the Fountainebleau hotel. Those rumors began in the New York Post's Page Six and were denied by her rep as "completely false." One month ago, additional rumors of a romance between Gwyneth and entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn popped up and were subsequently denied.

The rumored affairs were reportedly a main component of an alleged Vanity Fair "epic takedown" article about Gwyneth. The piece never ran, and the mag's editor, Graydon Carter, later explained that the whole thing was a large misunderstanding. He says he originally commissioned a writer to examine the public's "hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow," but that the hoopla surrounding it all got so out of hand that he eventually decided not to run it.

Gwyneth was a no-show at Vanity Fair's post-Oscars party this year, as she was for all events over Oscars weekend.

Gwyneth and Chris have rarely spoken about their relationship with media in recent years, but each of them has briefly addressed rumors of the rockiness head on.

Back in May 2013, Gwyneth told Glamour U.K. "It's hard being married. You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple. … I asked my dad once, 'How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?' And he said, 'Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.' And I think that's what happens. When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person's saying: 'Come on, we can do this,' you carry on."

"I've learned more about myself by being married than anything else," she added. "I hate to say, 'We've got it worked out,' because you never know what's going to happen, but we laugh, we're good friends, we like to do the same stuff. I'm a very grounded, homey person and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter. So I never say, 'Where are you? You should be home by now.' I never place demands on him because I think he's a really talented man and he's putting something good into the world."

In 2009, Chris opened up to Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" about his relationship with Paltrow, explaining that they keep their public lives separate because "that's just the way it feels best."

Martin also admitted he didn't much care for talking about their relationship publicly either. "You can see from my body language that it makes me really uncomfortable. … I don't know how to talk about this stuff, to be honest. I don't know how to deal with it."