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Chris Martin reveals he fell into a year-long depression following Gwyneth Paltrow divorce: 'I still wake up down'

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Published 21/03/2016 | 08:39

CHRIS MARTIN AND GWYNETH PALTROW
CHRIS MARTIN AND GWYNETH PALTROW
Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, performs during the half-time show at the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The conscious uncouple: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Chris Martin sunk into a "year of depression" following his split from Gwyneth Paltrow.

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The 39-year-old Coldplay frontman married 43-year-old actress Gwyneth in 2003 and the pair announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March 2014. The couple is parents to 11-year-old daughter Apple and son Moses, nine, and appear to be managing their situation incredibly well - co-parenting their children and even going on holiday together.

However, opening up about the breakdown of his marriage for the first time publicly, Chris admits he fell into a dark place.

"I still wake up down a lot of days. But now I feel like I've been given the tools to turn it around," he told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

"You can come at it very aggressively and blame and blame. Or you can put yourself in the garage, so to speak. Take yourself apart and clean off the bits. Reassemble."

Chris turned to literature in a bid to help himself get over the split. He cites Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning and Persian poet Rumi's composition The Guest House as helping him through his recovery.

Read more: Gwyneth Paltrow shares rare selfie with daughter Apple (and Blue Ivy)

"That one Rumi poem changes everything. It says that even when you're unhappy, it's good for you," he said. "It took me a year to get it. A year of depression and all that."

The conscious uncouple: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
The conscious uncouple: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Gwyneth and Chris have yet to finalise their divorce but the singer insists he is happy with their lives. Both are now in new relationships - Chris with actress Annabelle Wallis and Gwyneth with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk.

"It's always out there in the media, but I have a very wonderful separation-divorce. It's a divorce but it's a weird one," he said. "It's funny. I don't think about that word very often- divorce. I don't see it that way. I see it more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through. I've lived a lot of life since then."

Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, performs during the half-time show at the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, performs during the half-time show at the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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