Chris Martin rarely discusses his personal life, but in a new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, the Coldplay front man sheds some insight into the downfall of his and Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage.
Speaking out for the first time since their decision to “consciously uncouple,” the 37-year-old crooner admits his personal issues may have caused their demise.
“I wouldn’t use the word breakdown,” he says when asked if his relationship breakdown with Gwyneth inspired the band’s new album, Ghost Stories.
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“This was more a realization about trying to grow up basically. Like I said, if you don’t open yourself up, you can’t appreciate the wonder insider. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way.”
When Chris and Gwyneth, 41, announced in a joint statement their “conscious uncoupling,” they said they had been “working hard for well over a year” on their 10-year marriage.
“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.
"Up to a certain point in my life I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. If you don't let love really 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.”
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Luckily for Coldplay fans, Chris channeled all of these emotions into songwriting – and that’s evident on their new album.
"I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way...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 shares.
“Life throws these colorful challenges at you...what we decided to do on Ghost Stories was to really be honest about it and say, this is what's been happening."
His full BBC interview airs tonight at 8 p.m. local time.
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