When Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced they would "consciously uncouple" many were quick to lay the blame on the cheating rumors that have plagued the GOOP writer. But the Coldplay front man says if the split is anyone's fault, it is his.
In a lengthy interview with Radio 1 about the band's upcoming album Ghost Stories, Martin said his moodiness and inability to let love in led to the downfall of his marriage.
"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 said. "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. 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. Up to a certain point in my life I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems," Martin explained. "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.
"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.
"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."
Ghost Stories is set for release May 19, 2014.
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