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Chris Martin says he was very homophobic growing up because of his religious upbringing

The Coldplay frontman also admitted he questioned his sexuality

2019-12-04

Words: Steve Brown

Chris Martin says he questioned his sexuality growing up in a boarding school.

The Coldplay frontman opened up about his struggles with his sexuality, religion and childhood and admitted his religious upbringing made him believe homosexuality was wrong.

While speaking to Rolling Stone, Martin – who has two children with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow – said: “When I went to boarding school, I walked a bit funny and I bounced a bit, and I was also very homophobic because I was like, 'If I'm gay, I'm completely f---ed for eternity'.

“And I was a kid, like, you know, discovering sexuality ... 'Maybe I'm gay, maybe I'm this, maybe I'm that, I can't be this.' I was terrified.

"It can be brutal until you realise everyone is going through this.

“At about 15-and-a-half, I don't know what happened, but I was like, 'Yeah, so what?' and then it all just stopped overnight. It was very interesting.”

Now, the singer – who said his religious beliefs were altered – doesn’t subscribe to any single belief system.

He continued: “It's not really any one religion, for me.

“For me, God is everything and everybody and it's love, it's the miracle in every cell of everything, and the vastness of the mystery.

“It's everybody, and everybody is precious and everything here as part of the grand design."