Chris Martin has had nothing but kind words for wife Gwyneth Paltrow since the pair split more than a month ago, blaming the demise of their marriage not on the actress, but on his own personal issues.
“About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I can’t enjoy the things that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this,” the Coldplay frontman confessed in an interview with BBC Radio 1.
“I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes," he continued, but also said he wouldn't call his personal reflection a "breakdown," but "more a realization about trying to grow up, basically.”
The interview is a noted departure for the typically private star, who rarely discussed his relationship with Gwyneth publicly throughout their 10-year marriage.
“If you can’t open yourself up, you can’t appreciate the wonder inside," he continued about their union. "So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way."
Chris admitted he now understands what he needed to work on in the relationship and acknowledged the fears holding him back.
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“If you don’t let love really in, then you can’t really give it back,” he mused. “You’ve got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course, it will be painful at some times, but then it will be great at some point.”
Luckily for Coldplay fans, the 37-year-old channeled his emotion into songwriting and the band's new album, Ghost Stories, reflects this painfully honest period.
“You have to really not run away from that stuff,” Chris said about his heartbreak.
“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.”
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