10 hot sto­ries, in­clud­ing our ex­clu­sive chat with Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Amal’s work wardrobe mas­ter­class, and is Gwyneth com­ing be­tween Chris and Dakota?

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IN THE LAST few months, Gwyneth Pal­trow and Chris Martin have vis­ited Paris to­gether for Easter, had din­ner with their son Moses in Lon­don, been on a beach hol­i­day to the Caribbean, lov­ingly paid trib­ute to one an­other on In­sta­gram, and ap­par­ently re­de­fined their re­la­tion­ship – again (Gwyneth wrote on­line, ‘Happy birth­day my brother, thanks for giv­ing me these two [chil­dren]’).

So it’s per­haps no sur­prise that Chris’s new girl­friend, Dakota John­son, is said to be find­ing their ar­range­ment… awk­ward. Ac­cord­ing to one well-placed source, ‘ The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is chal­leng­ing for her, and she’s not sure if she re­ally wants to share her part­ner with an­other woman who is still so in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of his life.

‘Dakota is still very much in love with Chris, but things have been dif­fi­cult be­tween them lately. She’s told friends the re­la­tion­ship is hang­ing by a thread and that she’s given up hope of ever hav­ing a nor­mal re­la­tion­ship out­side his Gwyneth-run fam­ily. She’s strug­gling to see how it’s go­ing to work. It’s like her pres­ence is wreck­ing their re­la­tion­ship.’

The pair were first linked in Oc­to­ber last year and, by all ac­counts, things pro­gressed very quickly (ear­lier this year, Grazia re­ported that they were prac­ti­cally liv­ing to­gether). They have since been seen at fash­ion shows to­gether, at­tended Ellen De­generes’ 60th birth­day side-by­side, and have been spot­ted on dates in Mal­ibu and Van­cou­ver, where Dakota is film­ing her lat­est project, Bad Times At The El Royale.

But it wouldn’t be the first time that one of Chris’ re­la­tion­ships has fal­tered be­cause of Gwyneth: ac­cord­ing to sources, his ro­mance with Jennifer Lawrence pe­tered out be­cause of his ‘de­vo­tion’ to his ex-wife and their ‘mod­ern fam­ily’ (Gwyn’s words, not ours). By con­trast, Gwyneth has suc­cess­fully moved on with Glee pro­ducer Brad Falchuck, who she be­came en­gaged to in Jan­uary.

‘Dakota is start­ing to re­alise that she’s still at the bot­tom of a very steep up­hill bat­tle,’ added the source. ‘At times, she feels al­most like a mis­tress in Chris’s on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with Gwyneth. And she doesn’t feel that it’s a healthy place for her to be. She’s won­der­ing if she should just cut her losses and move on.’

As for Gwyneth? ‘I don’t think she sees Dakota and Chris go­ing the dis­tance,’ con­tin­ued the in­sider. ‘She still ex­pects a great deal from Chris and de­mands a lot of his time, not just in co-par­ent­ing but also con­tin­u­ing their friend­ship. It’s go­ing to take some­one ex­tremely spe­cial and pow­er­ful to change that dy­namic.

‘Gwyneth’s pri­or­i­ties will al­ways be pro­tect­ing the bond that she shares with Chris and nur­tur­ing that for the sake of keep­ing what they have. She’s been tire­less in mak­ing their sep­a­ra­tion work for them­selves and the chil­dren. It’s not an open-door pol­icy when it comes to her home life.’

In­deed, in an in­ter­view with Grazia last year, the founder of con­scious un­cou­pling – Kather­ine Wood­ward Thomas – said, ‘ When other peo­ple come into the sit­u­a­tion, you have to train them that this is how your fam­ily works, this is how you do things. There are cer­tain prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of con­sciously un­cou­pling fam­i­lies that make their sit­u­a­tion work. In some ways, you’re still a pack­age deal with your fam­ily.’

And she added, ‘ The new part­ner may come in and say, “I’m a lit­tle un­com­fort­able with the way you’re in­ter­act­ing, make a new bound­ary.” But a con­sciously un­cou­pling fam­ily ends up as one where the pri­mary spouses have shifted the en­ergy be­tween them to be more like cousins. The fun­da­men­tal thing is, “This is my fam­ily, and it’s not go­ing to change.”’

Gwyneth couldn’t have put it bet­ter her­self.

Left: Chris and Gwyneth spent Easter in Paris. Above: Dakota and Chris in Mal­ibu. Top: Gwyneth and Brad at­tend Ellen’s 60th birth­day

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