I’m sorry, I can’t resist commenting on The Goop Divorce. Of course it is massively sad, like any divorce is, for all concerned, but how has Gwyneth managed to make it sound like a lifestyle choice and dare I say it, a marketing opportunity? It will be interesting to see if they manage to remain a power couple like The Beckhams, or fade away. Her blog has grown exponentially, but will it still be of interest long term if she loses her fan base?
I have had to Google “Conscious Uncoupling” like the rest of us, as it was the collective global question on everyone’s lips a few days ago:-
“By choosing to handle your uncoupling in a conscious way, regardless of what’s happening with your spouse, you’ll see that although it looks like everything is coming apart; it’s actually all coming back together,” reads the rather lengthy explanation of the concept by married couple Dr.’s Habib Sadeghi and Sherry Sami.
The couple argue that the nation’s high divorce rate might actually be a signal that we should look relationships in a new way, especially since human life expectancy has skyrocketed over the past 114 years.
“For the vast majority of history, humans lived relatively short lives — and accordingly, they weren’t in relationships with the same person for 25 to 50 years,” they write. “Modern society adheres to the concept that marriage should be lifelong; but when we’re living three lifetimes compared to early humans, perhaps we need to redefine the construct. Social research suggests that because we’re living so long, most people will have two or three significant long-term relationships in their lifetime.”
Interesting. But to be honest I HATE that description. It sort of suggests that the rest of us do an “unconscious uncoupling” and don’t really think about it too much.
But is that the real reason? Does the divorce not have anything to do with the rumours that have been circulating for some time about her conscious coupling with other men?
So what happens next? She has successfully managed to relocate them to LA – what does that mean for Chris? Will he ever get the children back to the UK? Unlikely.
They are both at the top of their careers, it will be interesting to see whether conscious uncoupling and a Goop lifestyle will survive the challenges of a “blended” family and all the predictable stress ahead.