Chris Martin says Gwyneth Paltrow his "beard"

Oct 27, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. ET

Coldplay front man Chris Martin loves to tell jokes, but this one might get him in trouble with wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

Singer Chris Martin recently joked on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that his wife Gwyneth Paltrow is actually his "beard," adding speculation about his sexual orientation. He was on the talk show to promote his latest studio offering, Mylo Xyloto, with bandmate Jonny Buckland.

While Martin, who has been married to the Oscar-winning actress since 2003, has recently gushed about his wife by saying he feels like he's "won the lottery" by marrying her, threw everyone off guard with the comments he made on the show. "She's been a great beard for me," Martin joked during his appearance on DeGeneres' show.

"It's not really a real relationship?" DeGeneres then asked. "She just pretends that she's your wife?"

"Yeah it's hard to believe," Martin continued joking, adding that men like him sometimes have a difficult time meeting people.

"I think a lot of people like me and Jonny join bands because we were really not doing so well," he explained.

"With women?" DeGeneres asked.

"With anyone!" Martin said.

Buckland then added, "I think the longest relationship we've had is together."

His wife Paltrow, meanwhile chose other words to describe their relationship, even stating that while they've seen rocky episodes during their marriage, her husband Martin is a "musical genius" and that he is a "great father" to the couple's two children, Apple, 7, and Moses, 5.

After allegations were made that it had been years since Paltrow and Martin had sexual relations, Paltrow quipped on her Twitter account, "Who do I have to bang to get an advance copy of the new @coldplay album? I mean, really."

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