The statement on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website announcing her split from Chris Martin was headlined “Conscious uncoupling” and included a 2,000-word essay explaining the concept which revolves around identifying “a negative internal object that needed healing”.
It is not the first time visitors to the Hollywood star’s website – called Goop - have been left scratching their heads at its mixture of diet tips and celebrity New Age lifestyle advice.
The site, which is split into different subject areas headlined Make, Go, Get, Do, Be and See, was set up by Paltrow in 2008 to “share all of life’s positives” and “nourish the inner aspect”.
Typical entries include a review of a book by a Buddhist monk praised for its “ability to demystify mindfulness” and detox recipes which recommend starting the day with a glass of “room-temperature lemon water”.
She also uses the website to keep fans up to date with the latest twists of her celebrity lifestyle, whether recommending a brand of “non-toxic” nappies made by fellow star Jessica Alba or discussing her depression following the birth of her son, Moses, in 2006.
The site has been much mocked by critics with one website even compiling a top 10 “most absurd products” advertised on it which included a silk “peasant” dress costing hundreds of euro.
Paltrow admitted she considered pulling the plug on the site, but told Harper’s Bazaar UK she had changed her mind, saying: “There were a couple of times when I thought ’I’m just gonna stop doing it. People are so mean to me. I don’t want to do it.’
“But then I was like ’Who cares what some lame person out there says?’ I was in Italy once, and this old man came up to me and said ’I had the best time in Nashville because of Goop.’ And that is so worth it to me.”
Paltrow and Martin's statement posted on her Goop.com website under the headline “Conscious uncoupling”, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, said they made the decision “with hearts full of sadness”.
The couple, who married in December 2003, have two children together, daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.
In a statement signed “Gwyneth and Chris”, they said: “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.
“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.”
After the statement was posted the Goop.com website crashed as visitors attempted to view the site.
Paltrow and Martin moved to Los Angeles last year, after previously living in London, but in November the actress said they planned to move back to the UK to raise their children.
Despite their fame, the couple rarely accompanied each other on the red carpet at public events, although they appeared together at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills in January and the Help Haiti Home gala earlier this year.
Paltrow won an Oscar in 1998 for her role in Shakespeare In Love. Most recently she has appeared in the three Iron Man films.
Martin, whose band Coldplay will release their sixth album, Ghost Stories, in May, will appear on the US version of the music competition show The Voice, participating in the “battles” round that begins on March 31 to advise singers on vocal technique and stage presence.