Date of birth
2nd March, 1977
Chris Martin (born Christopher Anthony John Martin, 02.03.1977)
Chris Martin is an English singer and musician best known for being the lead vocalist of Coldplay.
Childhood: Chris Martin was born in Whitestone, Exeter, Devon. His parents are Anthony Martin, a former accountant, and Alison Martin, a music teacher. He attended the pre-preparatory Hylton School and the preparatory Exeter Cathedral School before going on to board at Sherborne School and later enrolled at the University College London which he left with First Class honours in Greek and Latin. He formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies, at prep school with Nick Repton and Iwan Gronow. He met Phil Harvey at boarding school who would go on to manage Coldplay. He met his bandmates, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman, at university.
Musical career: Chris Martin formed Coldplay in 1998, though it was originally called Starfish. Their first song was 'Ode to Deodorant' and they achieved success with their debut album 'Parachutes' in 2000. He has been a songwriter for various artists including Embrace and Jamelia. He has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, Ian McCulloch, Nelly Furtado and on the Band Aid 20 single, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in 2004. In 2006, he collaborated with Jay-Z on his album 'Kingdom Come'. He continued his interest in hip hop in 2007 with a collaboration with Swizz Beatz on his song 'Part of the Plan'. He is a massive fan of U2 who was a big influence on Coldplay and he has previously said that they're the only band whose back catalogue he knows by heart. He has also always loved synthpop band a-ha.
Other career ventures: Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland made cameos in the zombie comedy 'Shaun of the Dead' in 2004 which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. His other movie/TV cameos include on Ricky Gervais' comedy series 'Extras' and Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Bruno'. He has been involved in campaigns supporting fair trade, particularly Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign. In 2009, he appeared in the Sound Relief benefit concert in Sydney for the devastating bushfires and flooding that had taken a toll.
Personal life: Chris Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow im 2003 and they have two children; a daughter, Apple, and a son, Moses. Simon Pegg and Jonny Buckland are Apple's godfathers. The marriage took place in a secret wedding ceremony that was so secret that no-one else was even invited. He doesn't smoke or drink and is a vegetarian. He suffers from insomnia and has previously had sleep therapy. He has also been suffering from tinnitus since he was a teenager. He supports the UK's Liberal Democrats.
The new Coldplay documentary, 'A Head Full of Dreams', sees Martin address his break-up in 2014.
Everybody remembers the infamous “conscious uncoupling” phrase that the former celebrity couple used when they announced their split in 2014 after a decade of marriage. However, speaking on the imminently released Amazon documentary Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, the band’s frontman revealed that he struggled so much that his bandmates feared for his wellbeing.
The 41 year old star said that his troubles started during the world tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, when he felt “completely worthless and nothing to anybody”. “I was just like, ‘I'm a mess’, really, because I can't enjoy the great things around me,” Martin explained.
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Paltrow and Martin had two children together before 'consciously uncoupling' in 2015.
Speaking to the New York Times in a new profile piece this week, Paltrow admitted that she hadn’t expected to receive the backlash she did at her memorable choice of words.
“I was really saying we’re in a lot of pain, we failed at this, we’re going to try and do it in a different way,” the 45 year old actress explained. “But I was so raw that I didn’t anticipate… I think that was an instance where it really hit me that an insouciance with language from me is different than from somebody else.”
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals She Wanted A Third Child With Chris Martin
Paltrow and Martin consciously uncoupled nearly three years ago - and she told Stephen Colbert about the state of things between them now.
The couple that memorably described their divorce as a ‘conscious uncoupling’ have just got a little weirder, with Gwyneth Paltrow describing her ex-husband Chris Martin as “like a brother” in a new interview.
Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin were married from 2003 until April 2015, when they announced to the world that they were splitting up, but branded the process a ‘conscious uncoupling’, which is one of the decade’s most amazing phrases. Since their divorce was finalised in early 2016, they’ve enjoyed a pretty relaxed relationship, for the benefit of their two children.
However, Paltrow has now moved on and is engaged to television producer Brad Falchuk. That didn’t stop her from discussing her old marriage in slightly strange terms when she appeared on TV this week.
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Describes Chris Martin As "Like A Brother"
Who said the consciously uncoupled can't be friends?
The actress famously consciously uncoupled from Chris in 2014 and she's pretty much been dating Brad ever since.
Sharing a photo of the two men side-by-side on Instagram, Gwyneth wrote: "Sunday brunch #modernfamily."
Kate McAloon worked for the star and Chris Martin in 2008
Super slim lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow has often kept fans guessing about how she keeps her enviable figure but it seems now her secrets have been revealed after her former chef spilled the beans. It seems the movie star, and her former husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, ate practically nothing.
Kate McAloon, former chef to the showbiz superstars, has revealed the extreme lengths the former power couple went to, to keep their shape.
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Gwyneth was married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin for 10 years before their ‘conscious uncoupling’ in 2014.
Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she’s “f***** up so many relationships.”
Speaking on Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss podcast, the actress and Goop founder said that despite her successes in business and acting, she still has room for improvement when it comes to the romantic side of her life.
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Coldplay have written a song for the victims in Houston of Hurricane Harvey.
Coldplay have dedicated a song to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
The 'Paradise' hitmakers - comprised of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - were forced to cancel their show at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, last Friday (25.08.17) after the tropical cyclone caused catastrophic flooding in the US state - tragically claiming the lives of at least 15 people.
But, as a way to pay tribute to those affected by the natural disaster, the rockers dedicated their track 'Houston #1' during a ''one-off performance'' at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on Monday (28.08.17).
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Chris Martin has been hailed a ''genius'' by Jay Z.
The Coldplay frontman has been praised by the 47-year-old as being a fantastic artist and the ''modern day Shakespeare''.
Speaking about the 40-year-old singer to the Metro newspaper, he said: ''We are good friends - but what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship. I have been in the industry long enough to know when I'm in the presence of a genius and Chris Martin is just that.
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Who knew 'Crawling' done by Coldplay could be so listenable?
Chris Martin has just paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a sensational cover of Linkin Park's hit single 'Crawling' during a Coldplay performance in New Jersey earlier this week. It's a far cry from the original, but it's certainly a tear-jerker.
The Coldplay frontman played a piano cover of the 2001 single during their show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey last night (August 1st 2017) and it proved to be quite the perfect tribute to his Linkin Park counterpart - even if he slipped up at the beginning and had to restart.
Continue reading: Chris Martin's Tribute To Chester Bennington Is Beautiful
Coldplay's Chris Martin invited two local choir members to the stage to perform the Welsh national anthem to conclude their show in Cardiff last night (11.07.17).
Coldplay invited local choir members on stage to end their Welsh show with the national anthem.
The British rockers concluded their gig at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last night (11.07.17) with a rendition of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau', with frontman Chris Martin playing the piano for the special performance.
Chris invited two singers, James and Ellen, to join the group on stage, and he asked the crowd if they would like to singalong to ''a very great song, which we didn't write''.
Continue reading: Coldplay Invite Welsh Choir For National Anthem Rendition
Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay perform live onstage at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, where they played to an audience of 65,000 fans as part of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. - Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden - Sunday 25th June 2017