Chris Martin Opens Up About “Mess” Behind Gwyneth Paltrow Split

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By Daniel Gates


(BBC Radio 1)

Chris Martin opens up about his split from Gwyneth Paltrow and his love for One Direction in a new sit-down with BBC Radio 1.

“I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way,” the Coldplay singer tells interviewer Zane Lowe. “I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it’s love or money, kids or illness. You have to really not run away from that stuff.”

He says of the Paltrow breakup, “I wouldn’t use the word breakdown, this was more a realization about trying to grow up.” “If you can’t open yourself up, you can’t appreciate the wonder inside,” adds Martin. “You can be with someone wonderful, but because of your issues you can’t let that be celebrated in the right way.”

The performer reveals, “What changed for me was — I don’t want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure.”

“Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well,” continues Martin. “About two years ago I was a mess really because I can’t enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this — I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”

He reveals that the band’s upcoming Ghost Stories album was influenced by his marital troubles. Martin says, “Up to a certain point in my life I wasn’t completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. If you don’t let love in then you can’t really give it back.”

“So what Ghost Stories means to me is like, you’ve got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point,” he explains.

The album’s lead single “Magic” takes on the complexity of relationships. “It’s not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone, it’s more nuanced than that — especially with the modern world’s complications — like travelling and all the stuff that comes to life, and illness and addiction and all that sort of thing,” says Martin. “It’s just saying — ultimately — there is magic between two people no matter what anyone else thinks.”

At one point in the wide-ranging conversation, the rock frontman discussed his admiration for Harry Styles and One Direction. “I think One Direction are the biggest band in the world. Their songs are great,” he tells Lowe. “I’m saying One Direction are brilliant, and I’m not kidding.”

He explains, “You know why? Because their songs are really good and I don’t think that any of them are going to go solo. I think they appreciate their chemistry from watching their movie.”

“Harry has come to a couple of our shows,” says Martin. “I think I probably said the same thing about chemistry. I can’t remember — I was too enamored with his haircut. I was like this: ‘I was pretty sure I was a straight guy before.’ I was having a hot flush.” The full interview airs on Monday. See a short preview below. Gossip Cop will have more from it when it becomes available.


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