Chris & Gwyneth’s race to con­sciously cou­ple

Gwyn’s nup­tials? Chris wants Some­thing Just Like This

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There’s noth­ing like your ex get­ting mar­ried to light the fire un­der your own re­la­tion­ship. Af­ter all, no prizes go to the per­son who moves on last. So, it’s un­sur­pris­ing that Chris Martin is feel­ing the heat to make an hon­est woman of girl­friend Dakota John­son…Un­less Dakota is read­ing this. In which case, he’s plan­ning to pro­pose be­cause of love – not be­cause he’s chas­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow down the aisle.

When they split in 2014 af­ter 11 years of mar­riage, and di­vorced two years later, Chris, 41, and Gwyneth, 45, set the stan­dard for a new type of Hol­ly­wood break-up – one that was all about be­ing “closer than ever”. Since then, they’ve stayed su­per tight for the sake of their two chil­dren – Ap­ple, 13, and Moses, 11. But ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, Gwyn’s an­nounce­ment in Jan­uary that she and boyfriend Brad Falchuk, 47, were set to wed caused a chasm in the Martin-pal­trow con­sciousun­cou­pling – one that’s set to widen now Chris’s game face is on.

“Even though they’re good friends, they can be com­pet­i­tive, and of course a part of Gwyn has al­ways wanted to show Chris what he’s miss­ing,” a source close to the for­mer cou­ple tells heat. “But since she got en­gaged, he’s keen to play catch-up and is push­ing the idea that he and Dakota are se­ri­ous. To their mu­tual friends, it feels like Chris is try­ing to prove who is hap­pi­est and is rush­ing things to com­pete with Gwyneth.”

Since he and Gwyn split, the Cold­play front­man has stuck to type, dat­ing a starry line-up of Hol­ly­wood twen­tysome­things. But he’s now telling friends that Dakota, 28 – who he went pub­lic with around the same time as Gwyn’s en­gage­ment – could be the one. And his ex is fu­elling the fire. “Gwyneth isn’t con­vinced it will last, given Chris and Dakota’s age dif­fer­ence,” we’re told. “But he’s de­ter­mined to prove her wrong and that it’s for real.”

With Gwyneth and Brad yet to set a date, the race down the aisle is wide open. Mean­while, to the out­side world, the exes con­tinue to pro­fess their love. Last week, Gwyn wished Chris a happy birth­day, call­ing him, “My brother,” and thanked him for gift­ing her their chil­dren. Cute or creepy? You de­cide. ■ CHARLOTTE OLIVER

“Please don’t make us swim in the sea, Dad!”

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