In a new interview with the BBC, Chris Martin revealed that he feels responsible for his split with wife Gwyneth Paltrow. “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,” Martin says. “I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”
“I wouldn’t use the word breakdown – this was more a realization about trying to grow up, basically,” the Coldplay frontman says. “If you can’t open yourself up, you can’t appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way.”
Martin says that he used these recent personal trials as creative inspiration for Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, which is due out May 19th. “You have to really not run away from that stuff,” he says. “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.'”
Martin also revealed that his handwritten lyrics for the album have been hidden in ghost-story books in libraries worldwide, and that the band was posting clues to their whereabouts via their Twitter account (https://twitter.com/coldplay) on Monday. One of the hidden envelopes contains a golden ticket, which will allow the lucky fan who finds it and a guest to fly to London to see Coldplay’s show at Royal Albert Hall in July.