Dakota Johnson & Chris Martin are over after about 20 months of dating

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Less than a month ago, People Magazine did a very suspicious story about how Gwyneth Paltrow has “worked hard to integrate” Dakota Johnson into her family. Dakota had, at that time, been quietly dating Chris Martin for about a year and a half. Chris, as we know, consciously uncoupled from Gwyneth Paltrow and his ex-wife is still a major part of his life. Part of that is simply “being good co-parents” and I don’t want to mock that at all – for all the sh-t I give both Gwyneth and Chris, they seem like good parents who have raised two well-adjusted and intelligent kids, and Apple and Moses seem to adore both of their parents, which was the whole point of the whole conscious uncoupling thing. But we’ve also seen Gwyneth inserting herself into Chris’s relationships and – in my opinion – overstepping boundaries as his ex-wife. That’s what the People Mag story sounded like – Gwyneth overstepping boundaries with his girlfriend Dakota Johnson. Well, long story short… Dakota and Chris are over. Quelle surprise.

Rocker Chris Martin has split from his Fifty Shades of Grey lover Dakota Johnson. Chris, 42, has told friends he is single again after the relationship ended last month. Their uncoupling comes just months after the pair, who dated for 20 months, had discussed marriage.

And earlier this year Chris, 42, splashed out on a £4.25million Malibu beach house to share with US actress Dakota, 29. Sources close to the singer said they were shocked at news the romance was over.

A friend said: “Chris and Dakota were very easygoing and always seemed really happy together. There was talk of engagement but now he says they have gone their separate ways, which has come as a real surprise to everyone.”

Chris and Dakota were last seen in public at Los Angeles restaurant Sushi Park in November.

At the time a source said: “They will probably get married. It’s serious. Chris (likes that) she doesn’t thrive on the spotlight and is very understated.”

[From The Sun]

I really hope Dakota dumped him after she realized that he was still allowing himself to be so manipulated by Gwyneth. Anything is possible though – maybe Chris was the dumper. I find it weird that he’s dated this string of actresses since Gwyneth too – Jennifer Lawrence, Annabelle Wallis and Dakota. For a guy who doesn’t want his romantic relationships to make headlines, he sure chooses women who get a lot of headlines. Anyway, I hope Dakota is doing okay. She could do SO MUCH better.

Chris Martin pictured at Scotts Mayfair with a bunch of books

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  1. Loretta says:

    Thwy were a such boring couple

  2. Having Goop as an ex wife in law would kill any lady boner I had for a man.

    • S says:

      And if that didn’t do, one would think that Lightening McQueen sweater and knit cap would do it for sure.

    • Snazzy says:

      Plus honestly he allows her to meddle the way she does, so clearly he hasn’t let go or somehow likes her controlling his life? The whole thing is strange. However Dakota escaped, good for her. She’ll find better in no time.

      • Diplomanatee says:

        Ugh, my college ex had an ex like that, he called her his best friend and felt guilty if she didn’t include her in things. She held the “good fiend” card over his head all the time and manipulated him with that. We broke up when that became unacceptable to me and he sided with her.

        Even now, all these years later, he gets married and she’s uploading pics saying how she approves of the wife and the wedding and it’s so effed up.

      • Harla says:

        “good fiend” sounds very appropriate Diplomanatee!!

      • minx says:

        It’s fine that they co-parent well, etc. etc. but of course Goopy has to be the MOST enlightened fabulous modern ex in the history of the universe, who invented the concept of an agreeable divorced couple. No one did it before Goop, you know. She would be a suffocating presence with a new wife.

      • Diplomanatee says:

        @Harla… hahaha, Freudian slip typo!!! XD

      • Lizzie says:

        @DIPLOMANATEE been there, done that too. It was crazy. The girl would literally drive by if we were walking down the street. Followed me around the city for a year after I ended it with him. It was nuts.

    • FoundCat says:

      Yeah…The GOOP seeped in, dousing any younger hotter ingenue comparison

      • Original T.C. says:


        100% agree. I don’t see GOOP dealing well with her ex marrying a younger and prettier woman. Her ego won’t be able to handle it. In her mind she’s still the hot 20 something. He keeps getting into long term relationship with these women and then something causes a breakup when there are wedding rumors. Something is rotten in Denmark. I really hope the kids are not being used as a bargaining chip.

    • B says:

      Totally laughing about your Lady Boner comment…tou·ché

  3. S says:

    I don’t even know why I know this (maybe saw it here?) but remember a few months back when some tabloid or TMZ went all in on the idea that Dakota was pregnant and had a gender reveal party, and there were all of these pap pics of people arriving and colored balloons being released, and it turned out to be her … birthday party? That was super weird, right?

    • minx says:

      I remember that.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Speaking of reveals, (sorry to thread jack), but have you seen the Fathers’ Day reveal pic of little Archie on Sussex Royal Insta? He *definitely* looks like Meghan (he has the Markle nose). I think it’s silly that they didn’t show his *whole* face, but you can see his eyes and nose, and he totally resembles Meghan.

    • Chrissyms says:

      Ya. What grown women has blue and pink balloons for her birthday party? The next day she was papped in a crop top to dispel prefo rumours. Very weird

    • Y says:

      Yes, I remember that too and perhaps she had a miscarriage 🙁 and maybe their relationship unraveled. Sad, but it happens to a lot of people & honestly it’s not anyone’s business.

  4. Beach Dreams says:

    Completely forgot they were dating in the first place.

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    To be fair they r both quite boring people. Yeah she could so much better and part of me thinks he dates actresses to troll Goop as her acting career is pretty much dead in the water.

  6. Endsoftheearth says:

    I believe that nobody should blame Goop over anything related to Chris Martin, Dakora is very well off but not because of her.

    He clearly has self esteem or security issues for anyone who has noticed what he did to his previous gfs. I saw some of it because I was following one of his fan accounts. I don’t know much about his whole thing with Dakota, but I remember him screaming and jumping up and down in one of his concerts soon after getting together with her calling his ex gf “belles’, her name is annabelle wallis and she is a little known actress. Who calls out for an ex name while dating another person? lol Also he kind of did the same thing to Annabelle by referring to the influence of Jennifer Lawrence’s hometown of Louisville KY on the song he was singing in a concert there (he was dating her when he wrote the song) also kind of started saluting her family who was there. He is not all there in my opinion and boy does he not like them when they’re too successful. Jlaw has a lot of nice things to say about all her exes, but not about this one, she doesn’t like to discuss him and has hinted to his fucked up self in one past interview without naming him. He may be a nice person in general, but in terms of relationships? Not so much.

    • sunny says:

      Yup. This so much. It is strange to me that everyone wants to blame Goop instead of whatever issues Chris and Dakota had. Goop is annoying but really it is hella petty to blame the difficult ex-wife. Especially since Chris has always seemed like a terrible partner so maybe that played a role?

    • Kate says:

      Yeah the whole “he likes that she doesn’t thrive on the spotlight” stuck out to me, combined with the fact that we don’t really know much about him at all, by design. I’m not saying I think this is the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not the greatest person or is problematic in his relationships. Usually with non-celebrities that obsession with secrecy and “it’s no one else’s business” means a guy is hiding something and doesn’t want other people to see his bullsh*t

      • Endsoftheearth says:

        Yeah. I obviously don’t know the guy. On paper he seems like this generous, super kind into charities and helping people kind of person. His fans always share and love these things about him from what I noticed. But in terms of relationships, it seems that he has several issues, hiding things is fine, but being emotionally distant or moody is another one. He obviously doesn’t like it when the woman he is with is very busy career wise, or is super famous etc. He likes to be the center of attention and for his partner to follow him around, as opposed to the opposite. He also is an attention seeker in concerts as evidenced by the videos I have seen of him before. Those ‘Belles’ videos in his concerts were truly embarrassing that I don’t understand why Dakota managed to accept or deal with that. At first I thought it was an old video but then It turned up to be a recent one just at the beginning of his relationship.

        Goop is crazy, but people need to stop blaming her for real.

  7. Esmom says:

    I can see why he dates actresses, I’m guessing it’s because they understand the celebrity aspect and all that goes along with it. Plus I’d think any celeb would be wary about dating a “civilian,” not necessarily sure of their true motivations. But many musicians get together with other musicians…maybe he’d have better success with a fellow musician.

    • emmy says:

      Yeah and I think at this point these are just the women he meets. Thinking about where we meet people we date… for him there wouldn’t be regular women to pick from. Is he really going to find a teacher at a party in the Hamptons? Is that woman really going to want to deal with Goop? I wouldn’t. Maybe for Keanu. Not this milk dud.

  8. LahdidahBaby says:

    One version is that Dakota wasn’t ready to start a family with Chris, who apparently was ready to go to that next level with her.

    But I wouldn’t want to be with anyone whose ex was as influential in his life and still involved as Goop is.

    • Lena says:

      I think GOOP has zero to do with it. IMO when a lot of women get to their late 20s, early 30s they start getting serious about settling down with “the one” to have kids with. Chris might be the reluctant one -he’s been there, done that. Although he’ll probably change his mind when he hits 50 and has that second family like so many men do.

  9. SuperStef says:

    I’ve always liked him. He’s very talented, hard working, cute, and lives a low key life with minimal drama. Chris and Gwen were a weird couple (she’s eye roll inducing every time she speaks) same with him and Dakota. She seems so boring to me and I really dislike her bangs. Uh.

    I’d like to see him find a nice girl to write more songs about, like Gwen inspired Yellow and so many others.

    • Cath says:

      Erm, he wasn’t even dating/knew GP when he wrote Yellow………..he wrote Fix You for her though…

      • SuperStef says:

        I’d heard somewhere that he wrote Yellow for her, not sure where. Regardless, he wrote it for someone and I want more!

  10. Eliza says:

    Didn’t Goop just give a quote about how she welcomed her in and everyone was like that’s the kiss of death?

    • lucy2 says:

      Pretty much! I find it interesting the breakup happened around that time.
      My guess is that Goopy is way too involved, and the more she says she’s not, I think she’s insecure and can be kind of a mean girl. I could easily see her driving a passive aggressive wedge between Chris and any girlfriend.

      But who knows, maybe the relationship just ran its course.

      • entine says:

        I think if her current husband has to actually be away from her to have a thriving relationship with his children, then she has some issues that she’s taking to her own children and ex-husband, I understand trying to be kind of “together” for the kids, but distance is healthy sometimes, more so if both have new relationships.

  11. Kristin says:

    Dakota has always rubbed me the wrong way. I remember an interview she did with her mom back when she first got the Fifty Shades role. She was awful, it was embarrassing for her. She acted like a petulant teenager throughout the interview. I can’t see her without remembering that so just can’t take her seriously.

  12. Ferdinand says:

    Not to mention the interview Dakota did when she basically harassed the interviewer.
    She later apologized with the guy in the wake of the me too movement, but still. Pretty lame interview in the first place.

  13. E2000 says:

    By all accounts he’s a really good person who is very talented. His band has a positive message. Obviously none of us know what he’s like in a relationship but hard for me to understand “doing better” than him.

    • Moneypenny says:

      I agree with this. She is another nepotism actress and he is a talented musician.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yeah, I pretty much see him that way, too. Never could understand the animus so many feel for him,

    • Lola says:

      He might be a good person but he doesn’t seem mature or that great at relationships. He is always dating actresses 10-15 years younger and none of it seems to last very long,

  14. Annaloo. says:

    Run, Dakota, run away! Never look back! You escaped!

  15. BeanieBean says:

    I read ‘consciously uncoupled’ as ‘conspicuously uncoupled’.

  16. Andrea says:

    They were not as odd of a pairing as Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander! More pics out of them looking miserable.

  17. Andrea says:

    There was too big of an age gap–she isn’t ready for kids, he wants a second family. He needs a lady in their 30’s.

  18. Lola says:

    Martin is just constantly dating actress a decade or two younger, so I doubt it has anything to do with his ex wife. He just doesn’t seem like he does long term relationships. He will be on to the next twenty something starlet soon. Also I kind of don’t like to blame a woman when we are talking about man in his 40s. If he is being manipulated he wants to be. Either way his relationships is his responsibility and whatever happened is on him.

  19. Dee Kay says:

    I’m a Dakota Johnson fan and am so relieved this is done, just so that I don’t have to read about Chris Martin every time I read about Dakota Johnson. I would much rather she date and marry a complete nobody whom interviewers never ask about. But it was rough going there for a year and a half, when every time my eyes would scan over an article about Dakota, and I would be interested in reading more, I’d see “Chris Martin” and inevitably “Gwyneth Paltrow” and would just have to skip it.

  20. J ferber says:

    Yeah, it would freak me the eff out to get near anyone she associates with– i assume something must be wrong with that person.

  21. clairej says:

    I like Chris. Shame it is over, but she is the boring one for me. Harmless but boring. Hope he meets someone nice. Hope she does too.

  22. JULIE says:

    Can you imagine dating someone so bland and insipid as him at her age? Forget about Goop. He’s not interesting enough to make me sick

  23. TheHeat says:

    I’m not a GOOP fan whatsoever, but I really don’t think that the blame for this should be placed on her at all.
    I would assume that Chris Martin has a brain in his head, complete with free will and opinions of his own. It’s obvious to me that his relationship with Gwyneth, in its current state, is one that he likes and entertains.
    If his new relationships are affected by Goop’s involvement in his life, then that is on him to change…or NOT.

  24. A says:

    I’ll never understand what these women see in Chris Martin. He’s basic and bland and any Hollywood starlet can do better than this guy.