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Love her or hate her, Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement that her 10-year marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is over elicited a major reaction on the Internet Tuesday.
As much as people gripe about some of the things the Oscar-winning actress has said over the years (from that infamous humblebrag about her wood-burning pizza oven to advising her Goop readers to drop $450,000 on their spring wardrobes), the world has watched her grow up, fall in love, start a family, and carry out her relationship, for the most part, in private — a rarity in Hollywood. The fact that they never walked a red carpet together, told us it was something that they both protected and cherished and, whether you a Goop devotee or Goop despiser, it was respectable.
Here, we look back at their decade-plus of togetherness, including those unusual baby names, sweet song dedications, and more…
October 2002: Just weeks after the death of her father, director Bruce Paltrow, which Gwyneth later said brought her to her knees in grief, the "Iron Man" actress meets Chris backstage after a Coldplay concert. They start spending time together in New York, London, and Los Angeles. The British singer later said Gwyneth, whose exes included Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, was his first serious girlfriend.
Dec. 1, 2003: They are photographed outside a doctor's office with Chris excitedly patting Paltrow's belly. Two days later, they announce they're expecting their first child.
Dec. 5, 2003: Gwyneth and Chris secretly marry at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. They honeymooned at Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
May 14, 2004: Gwyneth gives birth to their first child, daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin, in London. Their unusual baby name makes headlines with the blonde later telling Oprah Winfrey, "It conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and ... clean."
September 2005: Coldplay releases "Fix You," a hit song which Gwyneth's mother, actress Blythe Danner, later said Chris wrote for "Gwyneth when her father died." She added, "I weep every time I hear it."
January 2006: Gwyneth confirms that she's pregnant with her second child.
April 8, 2006: Gwyneth gives birth to the couple's son, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin. "Moses" is the name of another song Chris wrote for his wife.
February 2007: During an interview with Oprah, Gwyneth talks about family life. "I've been at home being a housewife, which is amazing and I've loved every second of it," she said. "It's 24 hours a days, seven days a week and they want you present and real and connected and there — but it's been the best three years of my life."
April 2008: In an interview with Glamour U.K., Gwyneth calls rumors of marital trouble "ridiculous." And she declares that she and Chris will never invite the world into her marriage, saying, "You will never see us out publicly. We just don't want to be one of those couples. It evolved that way. He gets furious if I say something about him."
June 2008: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chris says Gwyneth has been his has been his only "serious" partner. "I always felt it would be great to be with a very powerful woman because it would keep you in your place," he tells the mag. "Being married to someone very successful and very powerful basically keeps you hungry to improve. You've got to be hungry. If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you'd want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?"
September 2008: Gwyneth launches her lifestyles website, originally in the form of a newsletter. It is where she later announces her separation.
February 2009: In an interview with Elle UK, Gwyneth talks about her famous marriage. "It doesn't behoove us to be a public couple," she says. "He certainly doesn't want to be that. We've never ever walked down a red carpet together, we never will. If people think that that means we're not together, then — ha ha ha! — so be it."
January 2011: Gwyneth opens up about suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of Moses. "I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect. It was terrible," she tells Good Housekeeping. And it was Chris who first brought it to her attention. "About four months into it, Chris came to me and said, 'Something's wrong. Something's wrong.' I kept saying, 'No, no, I'm fine.' But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble." Of her marriage, she adds, "I can depend on him. He makes me laugh. He's really appreciative of me. You know, he makes me feel special."
June 2012: Chris— during a concert in Miami — runs into the audience and plants a kiss on Gwyneth.
September 2012: Gwyneth says that one of the secrets to her relationship with Chris is that they have a lot in common. "We laugh a lot, and at the same jokes," she tells InStyle. "We like the same music and we like to do the same things." However, she adds, "Our artistic temperaments together [is the hardest part]. Artists are sensitive. There are ups and downs, mood-wise. Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging."
March 2013: In a candid interview with You magazine, she opens up about suffering a miscarriage. "I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third," she says. "It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, 'Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'"
April 2013: Gwyneth is named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person, though she hints at home she's less glam and Chris teases her about it. "If I've gotten fully dressed up, he'll be like, 'Oh, wow! You're Gwyneth Paltrow!' Because he's used to seeing me in like baggy shorts and frizzy hair," she says.
May 2013: Gwyneth gets even more candid about marriage in an interview with Glamour UK. "It's hard being married," she admits. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple." She adds, "I’ve learned more about myself by being married than anything else. 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."
Summer 2013: Gwyneth and Chris relocate from London, which had been their homebase, to L.A.
July 2013: The family is photographed on vacation together in Mallorca.
October 2013: Rumors swirl that Vanity Fair is doing a story on Gwyneth, including how she had an affair with real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer in 2008. She asks her friends not to cooperate with the magazine for the story.
November 2013: The elusive couple makes a rare public appearance at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum for the opening of the exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. They are openly affectionate.
December 2013: The family vacations together in Hawaii. They look happy as they sit side by side on the beach talking.
February 2014: Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter talks about why he spiked the Paltrow story, saying it didn't live up to the hype.
March 1, 2014: The couple is lovey-dovey together at Sean Penn's pre-Oscars Haiti benefit.
March 7, 2014: The family is seen enjoying First Fridays along Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach. The normally health-conscious duo hits up a hot dog food truck with their kids.
March 16, 2014: Chris plays a Coldplay concert at SXSW in Austin.
March 22, 2014: The couple appears together at a private Coldplay concert at the Sony lot in Hollywood.
March 25, 2014: In a post on Goop, Gwyneth announces their separation, which crashes the website. "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," she writes. "We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been," the statement said. "We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."