Gwyneth Paltrow may be pretending for all the world like she's totally cool with "consciously uncoupling" from husband Chris Martin, but according to sources close to the couple, Paltrow wanted desperately to hide her marital troubles from the public.
According to the New York Post, Gwyneth had every intention of pretending she and Martin were happily married, even thought they both wanted to go their separate ways.
"It was [Martin's] idea to announce the split," says the anonymous insider. "They had drifted apart and there was no chance they'd get back together, so he felt it was wrong to go on pretending."
We hate to say this, but Gwyneth may have had the right idea about keeping things quiet.
Having been in the public eye for much longer than Martin, Paltrow likely realized that the couple would be torn apart by the tabloids and every detail of their messy split would become the stuff of headlines.
Due to the baffling opinions she frequently shares with the press (she should've kept her comments on working moms to herself) Gwyneth has become something of a controversial figure in recent years and she likely, rightly assumed she'd take the lion's share of the blame for the divorce, even though it seems both parties carried on affairs.
It's always sad when a married couple splits, especially when children are involved, but the real tragedy here is obvious: we were just forced to defend Gwyneth Paltrow.