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March 27, 2014

Paltrow's 'conscious uncoupling' confounds many

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So does Jen Singer, New Jersey mother and mom blogger. Singer found the message especially meaningful because she, herself, went through a divorce last year, and sought her own version of "conscious uncoupling."

"I called it my 'unengagement' from marriage — the process of preparing for life on my own," Singer said.

"Sure, Gwyneth has a reputation of being a little bit woo-woo, so we kind of giggle at the phraseology," she said. "But the concept is solid."

Singer added that she and her husband looked for a marriage counselor that would help them, well, uncouple. "But nobody would do it if we weren't willing to commit to trying to fix the marriage," she said. "But we were beyond that. We wanted help in carefully unraveling the husband-wife part of the family while supporting the parents-and-children part. We had to wing it instead."

What will this do for Paltrow's image? Min says she doesn't think that image will change one way or the other — for either avid fans or detractors.

"Maybe if you don't like her, you'll say, 'Even her breakup has to be precious,'" she said. "But if you do like her, you'll say, "Bravo. Well thought out."

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