"I'm so grateful to him for giving me these kids. It worked out well," said Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow is celebrating her ex-husband Chris Martin on his special day. Paltrow, 50, shared a selfie of herself with Martin, who turned 46 on March 2, on Instagram to wish the Coldplay frontman a happy birthday. "Happy birthday to the sweetest father and friend ❤️ we love you, cajm," the actress wrote, spelling out Martin's initials.
Fans were quick to comment on Paltrow's post, as one fan @thedimpster wrote, "I love that you two have remained friends! Says a lot about both of you!" Another fan, @patsyflem66 wrote, "Happy Birthday! You guys are a testament to success in maintaining important relationships even after you go your separate ways." While, @leeron_14 wrote, "Divorced couple goals for sure."
Martin's birthday comes one day after Paltrow's husband, Glee co-creator, Brad Falchuk's birthday, and Paltrow wished him on the occasion as well. On February 1, Paltrow joked on Instagram that Falchuk, now 52, is "so cool" for not even using the social media platform before she asked that her followers "wish him a happy birthday, anyway."
"He won't see this as he's not on social (another reason why he's so cool) but let's all wish him a happy birthday, anyway 💙," Paltrow wrote in the caption, accompanied by a solo shot of her husband, whom she married in 2018.
Paltrow and Martin first met in 2002 while they were backstage at one of Martin's Coldplay concerts. They began dating and tied the knot in 2003. Over the course of their decade-long marriage, Paltrow and Martin became parents to two kids, Apple, 18, and Moses, 16.
In March 2014, they announced they were splitting up in a post on the Goop website titled Conscious Uncoupling. "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," the pair wrote at the time. "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," per USA Today.
In the post, Paltrow and Martin added that they are "parents first and foremost," and asked for privacy during "this difficult time." The post concluded, "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
Since then, the pair have grown into close pals and co-parents, with Paltrow saying during a virtual June 2021 appearance on TODAY that Martin — who has been dating Dakota Johnson since 2017 — is "like my brother."
"You know, he's my family. I love him," she said at the time. "And I'm so grateful to him for giving me these kids. It worked out well. ... You know, it really did, I have to say."
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