10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chris Martin!

Published on March 31, 2014. Updated April 5, 2017

Chris Martin is known for two things – for being the leader singer of the band Coldplay and for marrying Gwyneth Paltrow. Now that his marriage to the Oscar-winning actress is ending, we figured it’s a good time to try and figure out who the leader singer of Coldplay really is. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Chris Martin!


Chris Martin has written a few songs for Gwyneth Paltrow including “Moses,” “Fix You” and “Swallowed by the Sea.”

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He met Gwyneth Paltrow in October 2002 backstage at his band’s concert.

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While attending University College London, he formed the band Coldplay. Initially they called themselves Pectoralz and then Starfish until another band offered them the name Coldplay because they weren’t interested in using it anymore.

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Martin has admitted that he feels competitive with Gwyneth Paltrow’s ex fiancé, Brad Pitt. “If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?” Martin told Rolling Stone magazine.

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He campaigned for Oxfam’s Make Fair Trade Fair campaign, traveling to Ghana and Haiti to meet farmers and view the effects of unfair trade practices.

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He often suffers from insomnia and has undergone sleep therapy to help manage it. He has revealed that he also has nightmares about his band’s performances.

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Chris is a well-known vegetarian who was named World’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2005 by PETA.

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Martin has collaborated with Nelly Furtado on “All Good Things (Come to an End),” Jay Z on “Beach Chair,” Swiss Beatz on “Part of the Plan” and Kanye West on “Homecoming.”

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Coldplay’s song “Speed of Sound” was inspired by the birth of Martin’s daughter Apple; however, the vocalist considers it one of his least favorite songs because the band “didn’t get it right.”

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The lead singer of Coldplay narrowly avoided death when he travelled to Ghana for charity work back in 2005. The plane that was carrying him was almost at the airport when it hit a violent dust storm. The pilot was unable to see the ground and the plane starting lurching to the right and the left. Even though Martin didn’t think he was going to make it, the pilot managed the land the plane safely.

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