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Chris Martin's Best Quotes About Ex Gwyneth Paltrow, Marriage and Family Pre-Separation

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Despite news of their separation, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have vowed to work together for the good of their family and two kids, daughter Apple and son Moses.

In their split announcement yesterday, the former couple said despite breaking up, "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 coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

While the Oscar-winning actress and Coldplay frontman deal with their separation, let's take a look back at some of Martin's best quotes about his ex Paltrow, their 10-year marriage and family.

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• On Paltrow being his first serious girlfriend: "I've only been in one serious relationship...Is that weird? I don't think it's that weird. It wouldn't be weird 200 years ago."

On the hardships of a Hollywood marriage: "But that's love. Just go with it. Think of Romeo and Juliet, or people with really challenging marriages—cross borders, cross races, sometimes cousins. Many people have challenging situations."

On being married to a world-famous movie star: "I always felt it would be great to be with a very powerful woman, because it would always keep you in your place and remind you that you still weren't very good. So I knew that there would be negatives to it, which are all obvious to state, but the positives outweigh them. And being married to someone very successful and very powerful basically keeps you hungry to improve."

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin Val Malone/Getty Images

Joking to Ellen DeGeneres about his decade with Paltrow: "She's been a great beard for me now, for 10 years."

On considering himself lucky to have ended up with Paltrow: "It is a big leap. What, from being a loser to going out with an Oscar winner? It's a giant leap. Let's face it, it's like winning the lottery. I was happy to make it."

On Paltrow's famous exes: "You've got to be hungry. If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you'd want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?"

On having two kids by the age of 29: "You've got to let life happen. Otherwise, A, your life is dull, and B, your writing is dull because you're not letting life happen."

On being a family man and a father: "And you have a purpose. I like what it does. Just the idea of having to work hard so your kids are OK."

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