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Chris Martin Says He's to Blame for 'Conscious Uncoupling' From Gwyneth Paltrow

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If you thought you'd have to wait forever to get the inside details about what was really behind Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's whole "conscious uncoupling" thing, the wait may be over. Martin sat down for a very candid interview on the U.K.'s Radio 1 this week and laid bare some very revealing (and kind of surprising) details about what caused his split from Gwyneth. And don't worry, he left almost no stone unturned. At the heart of his admission was the claim that his own issues are a big part of what tore them apart.

"Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well. 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," Martin told Radio 1's Zane Lowe. "I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes."

It seems like the Coldplay frontman is battling some dark inner issues, as he explained there wasn't any one thing that led him to end his marriage—just the fact that he realized he needs to figure himself out.

"I wouldn't use the word breakdown," he continued. "This was more a realization about trying to grow up, basically. 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.

"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."

Pretty sad (and relatable) stuff. But it's not all gloominess in Martin's world these days: The 38-year-old singer notes there's always an upshot to dealing with heartbreak.

"I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way," he said. "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."

In the meantime, he's channeled all of his emotions into Coldplay's upcoming album, Ghost Stories, which is due out May 16.

"Life throws these colorful challenges at you," he said with an upbeat tone. "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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