Gwyneth Paltrow is still friends with her exes

Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t “setting the rain on fire” like the rest of us sensitive souls after a bad breakup.

No. The Goop founder just revealed how she stays chummy with her past flames, and I’m taking all the notes.

Over the weekend, the Oscar-winning actress took to her Instagram Story to answer some fan questions, with one asking, “Are you still friends with your exes?”

For context, Gwyneth’s former flames include a few leading men who are more than just household names.

In the 90s, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth were “the hot couple”, but ended their engagement in the summer of 1997.

She also went out with her Shakespeare in love co-star Ben Affleck soon after, but the romance didn’t last into the millennium.

In 2003, she married Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, with whom she shares two children, daughter Apple, 18, and son Moses, 16. They officially divorced in 2016.

Thus, the Emmy winner Joy alum answered when asked if she’s still friends with these exes with, “Pretty much. I really believe in conscious uncoupling. When you spend meaningful time with someone, it’s good to turn it into a friendship. I don’t want to have bad blood with anyone, ever (if I can help it).

Aware what? Apparently, the MCU alum has been popularizing this term, coined in 2009 by author and marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas, for a minute now.

Gwyneth first used the phrase when she announced her split from Chris Martin on her lifestyle site, in an article titled “Conscious Uncoupling”, where she also addressed the nature of their relationship.

In the post, she said: “We worked hard for over a year, some together, some apart, to see what might have been possible between us, and we came to the conclusion that even though we love each other very much, we will remain apart.”

“We are first and foremost the parents of two incredibly wonderful children, and we ask that their space and privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

“We have always conducted our relationship in private, and we hope that by consciously separating and co-parenting, we can continue in the same way,” she said.

As for ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck, she answered a fan’s question in July 2022 about how she felt about her marriage to Jennifer Lopez, to which she replied, “Love!!! So romantic!!! Very happy for them.”

A month prior, while interviewing ex-fiancĂ© Brad Pitt about his clothing line, God’s True Cashmere, he said, “It’s great to have you as a friend now. And I love you. really like.” Gwyneth replied, “I love you so much.”

Today, Gwyneth is happily married to producer Brad Falchuk, but it’s impressive that she’s able to keep the peace with her former partners. It’s not for everyone.

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