Chris Martin claims his evangelical upbringing was difficult and he is struggling to ‘deal’ with it


Coldplay frontman Chris Martin opened up about how difficult it was growing up in a strict religious home and how he is still struggling to deal with it as an adult.  

The 44-year-old musician reflected on his evangelical upbringing in southwest England, saying that although he has moved away from the religion it still effects him to this day. 

‘I am having such a hard time in my life right now. And part of dealing with that is going back to look at all that stuff,’ Martin told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Thursday. 

‘I could not sing Paint It Black by The Stones because I thought it was evil,’ he revealed. 

Singer Chris Martin (top right) opened up to Sirius XM host Howard Stern on Thursday and said he is currently struggling due to his evangelical upbringing in southwest England

Singer Chris Martin (top right) opened up to Sirius XM host Howard Stern on Thursday and said he is currently struggling due to his evangelical upbringing in southwest England

Martin's father Anthony John Martin

Martin's mother Alison Martin

Martin opened up about growing up in a very religious household in southwest England

Martin (pictured right) said he was bullied when he attended boarding school for being 'closed minded' and a 'zealot'

Martin (pictured right) said he was bullied when he attended boarding school for being ‘closed minded’ and a ‘zealot’

Martin added: ‘Any method of coping is a strength when you develop it, but later in your life it might not necessarily serve you anymore.’

This is not the first time Martin has opened up about being raised in a very religious environment. 

The Devon native told The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine in 2019 that he was bullied when he attended Sherborne School, an independent boarding school in Dorset, for being ‘closed minded’ and a ‘zealot.’ 

‘I struggled, like a lot of young teenagers … 13 to 15. I had weird world-views that didn’t help. I was closed-minded, which is easy to make fun of, but I am happy, because it lit the fire,’ he said.    

Martin told Rolling Stone magazine in 2008 that because of his religion he grew up with a ‘black and white’ view of the world. 

‘I grew up with the prospect of heaven and hell looming ever large,’ he said. ‘It was drilled in: These things are wrong. It was black and white, the way it still is for millions of right-wing Christians in the middle of America.’ 

He added that his religious upbringing made him weary of performing certain songs.

‘I spent a year thinking I would be punished if I sang ”Sympathy for the Devil,” by the Rolling Stones,’ he told the magazine. ‘When I was about 14, the first band I was in wanted to play ”Black Magic Woman,” and I was like, ”I can’t sing that, because I will get bad karma.” As a kid, you don’t know any better.’ 

Talented: Coldplay wowed a crowd of thousands as they stormed the stage at a New York gig on Thursday... after frontman Chris Martin admitted to 'having such a hard time' due to his religious upbringing

Talented: Coldplay wowed a crowd of thousands as they stormed the stage at a New York gig on Thursday… after frontman Chris Martin admitted to ‘having such a hard time’ due to his religious upbringing

'He's like my brother. You know, he's my family. I love him,' Paltrow said of Martin, who she was married to for 10 years before their split in 2014

‘He’s like my brother. You know, he’s my family. I love him,’ Paltrow said of Martin, who she was married to for 10 years before their split in 2014

During his Stern interview Martin also revealed he suffers from insomnia and that he swears by meditation and napping in order supplement his lack of sleep.

He said: ‘I don’t sleep very much in the nighttime. I meditate and also I occasionally take a nap. I was encouraged on that by kickboxer Conor McGregor’s trainer.

‘After we played in Dublin last time, I went to train in a gym and he said the key to life is making yourself lie down for 15 minutes and close your eyes in the afternoon.’

The chart-topper added that he has cut dairy from his lifestyle in order to maintain a healthy diet, which has proven to be difficult due to his Cornish upbringing. 

The father-of-two added: ‘I don’t f*** with dairy any more. What’s funny when you’re trying to stay really healthy, there’s still a voice inside you that says, ‘Yeah, but…’

‘And my, ‘Yeah but,’ voice is about [dairy] because I grew up in Devon, where you basically washed in it.

‘So there’s still a part of me that – despite my body feeling better, and I’m singing better – I would throw it all away for four Weetabix and double cream. And I will have to do that at some point.

‘When we first went to America I was wondering why we were getting sick all the time and was wondering it while holding 12 strawberry milkshakes. I did milk a goat the other day, but I didn’t partake,’ he concluded.  

Martin’s iconic band Coldplay is getting ready to release their ninth studio album Music of the Spheres, slated for release on October 15.

Following the interview the singer wowed a crowd of thousands as the band stormed the stage at New York’s Apollo Theater for SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage Series on Thursday.

Chris, along with bandmembers Jonny Buckland, 44, Guy Berryman, 43, Will Champion, 43, and Phil Harvey, 45 belted out their greatest hits as their adoring fans sang along. 

The performance comes a month after Martin was spotted arriving on the set for a mysterious new project filming in New York City after coming back  from a trip to Mallorca, Spain with girlfriend Dakota Johnson.

The outing also came a few months after his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow opened up about her relationship with him.

‘He’s like my brother. You know, he’s my family. I love him,’ Paltrow said of Martin, who she was married to for 10 years before their split in 2014.

While the couple share two kids together, Paltrow had said in the past it was a tough divorce, though they have become closer while co-parenting daughter Apple, 17, and son Moses, 15.



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