Gwyneth Paltrow Didn’t Coin the Term ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

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We’ve been lied to for more than a year, people!

The term “conscious uncoupling” became synonymous with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s divorce ever since it ended up as the title of their 2014 separation announcement on Goop. However, according to ol’ Gwynnie herself, she wasn’t actually the one who chose the now-famous phrase to describe her split with the Coldplay frontman.

“When I announced that I was separating on the website, [Goop editorial director Elise Loehnen] titled the piece ‘Conscious Uncoupling,’ and I had no idea,” she reveals in her cover story for Fast Company’s September 2015 issue. “When something like that happens, I think everybody is like, ‘Oh, shit.’ I just tell them that I think we are creating interesting discussions.”

Interesting discussions, indeed. Soon after the blog post went up, domestic guru Martha Stewart even used “conscious uncoupling” to deliciously shade her alleged nemesis in a pie recipe.

Though Paltrow, 42, is still receiving some flack for her foray into the lifestyle market, the actress said she’s proud to have her name stamped on more than one thing.

“I’m a big believer in the ampersand. I don’t see it as I’m leaving something behind,” she told the magazine of balancing careers. “I see it as this year, I probably won’t make a movie, or I probably won’t do a TV show or a play, and I’ll focus on the business. It’s our tendency to want to put women in one little category.”

And if there’s one thing for sure: Gwyneth “The Common Woman” Paltrow won’t let you get her down.