Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announce separation

The pair were married for over 10 years

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Coldplay's Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have announced their separation.

The couple broke the news via Paltrow's GOOP online newsletter, in a post titled 'Conscious Uncoupling'. The pair, who married in 2003, wrote: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. 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."

They continued: "We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. 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 co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

The story has broken in the run-up to the release of Coldplay's new album, 'Ghost Stories', which comes out on May 19. Earlier this month the band played the new album in its entirety for the first time to 800 fans on a movie soundstage at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The gig was recorded as part of a DVD extra for the album.

The band also previewed a couple of the album's tracks at SXSW, performing at the first ever iTunes Festival show at the US event in Austin, Texas earlier this month.

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