Just six months before Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their separation on March 25, the actress was spotted kissing her ex-boyfriend Donovan Leitch at a baseball game in Los Angeles, as seen in the pic above. Could this apparent betrayal have been the last straw for Chris and Gwyneth’s already troubled marriage? Not according to her rep!
Gwyneth Paltrow is trying her best to have a positive and honest “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin but it looks like the actress may have been keeping secrets from her husband before their shocking split. Gwyneth’s very public display of affection with her British actor ex-boyfriend Donovan Leitch, 46, may have pushed her marriage to Chris over the edge, according to a new report from the UK’s Daily Mail.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Ex-Boyfriend Kissing: Actress Caught 6 Months Before Split
Gwyneth and Donovan, who dated in the 1990s, were photographed sharing an open-mouthed kiss while sitting front row at a Los Angeles Dodgers game with her daughter, Apple, and son, Moses, on September 11, 2013.
A rep for the 41-year-old actress denied that there was anything romantic going on between the former lovers, telling HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “It’s completely absurd. Donovan has been a close friend of Gwyneth’s for over 20 years. The photo you see is them kissing hello when Donovan arrived at the game. Do you think if she was having an affair with Donovan she would bring him to a Dodgers game with her children? It’s all just Daily Mail nonsense.”
Donovan may not have been responsible for driving a wedge between Chris, 37, and Gwyneth, as the couple’s marriage had reportedly already been on the rocks before that, but their ballgame PDA probably made things worse during an already difficult time.
Chris and Gwyneth came close to calling it quits shortly before that in August, 2013 but then decided to give their marriage one more chance, a source told the New York Daily News on March 25.
Gwyneth Paltrow Defends ‘Conscious Uncoupling’
Chris and Gwyneth announced their split on March 25 in a statement posted to her website goop, called “Conscious Uncoupling.” The actress posted a 2,000 word essay from a husband and wife doctor duo, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, explaining what it means to “uncouple.” The doctors write:
“Divorce is a traumatic and difficult decision for all parties involved—and there’s arguably no salve besides time to take that pain away,” they write. “However, when the whole concept of marriage and divorce is reexamined, there’s actually something far more powerful—and positive—at play. The idea of being married to one person for life is too much pressure for anyone. 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.”
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think it was wrong for Gwyneth to kiss her ex in public? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee