Gwyneth, Chris Held Uncoupling Ceremony

Of course they did

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2014 10:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – We would warn you to take this news, which comes courtesy of a UK tabloid, with a grain or two of salt—but then again, it does sound like something that might occur to Gwyneth Paltrow. As she and Chris Martin are "consciously uncoupling"—while on what they're reportedly calling their "break-up-moon" in the Bahamas (the same one during which Martin reportedly gave Paltrow a parting gift)—the couple supposedly took part in a spiritual ceremony marking their separation. Paltrow, you see, doesn't want their split to be "seen as a sign of failure but as an 'inevitable circumstance,'" a friend explains.

Sources tell the Daily Star that a Kabbalah rabbi led the beach ceremony, which involved Paltrow and Martin reading from a sacred book, lighting a fire, and using stones to symbolize the "concrete relationship" that will continue between them (but then threw rocks into the water to symbolize their "wandering spirits"). Yep. Sounds about right. Then they reportedly recited, "Blessed are you in coming in and blessed are you in going out" and kissed farewell. All of this, mind, came during a vacation that involved Paltrow and Martin waking up at 5am for "daily counseling and joint meditation sessions," the friend says. If you're wondering why in the world these two are splitting up, apparently it's not all New Age-y sunshine and roses; another source tells Us that "when only Gwyneth and Chris are together," sans kids, "there appears to be some tension."

Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Chris Martin are seen at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Chris Martin are seen at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff /Invision/AP)
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