Chris Martin opens up about 'year of depression' following split from Gwyneth

The star says he 'still wakes up down a lot of days'

Chris Martin has spoken out about his 'year of depression' following his break up with Gwyneth Paltrow, in a recent interview with The Sunday Times.

Gwyneth and Chris' separation is notorious for their labeling of it, where they called it 'conscious uncoupling (opens in new tab)'. Despite the news of their divorce coming two years ago, the pair are reportedly yet to finalise the separation.

The couple were famously private about their relationship and family life but in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Chris Martin joined other celebrities who have opened up about their battles with mental health in the past few weeks, speaking about his own struggles. Along with Sarah Lancashire (opens in new tab) and Fearne Cotton (opens in new tab), Chris Martin's comments signal a change in attitudes towards depression (opens in new tab), making it a more widely discussed condition.

Dad to Apple, 11, and Moses, nine, Chris tells The Sunday Times that he thinks you can come at divorce from two angles. He says, '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'.

Following his split Chris says, 'It took me a year to get it. A year of depression and all that.'

Chris apparently struggled with his time in the spotlight, as the interview reveals singer/songwriter Chris found it 'extremely confusing' and 'deeply disturbing'.

Fellow Coldplay collaborator Phil Harvey is also quoted in the interview, speaking about his concerns for his friend's mental health following his split from Gwyneth. 'Chris had a really bleak period,' says Phil. 'He was in pain and struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We were all worried about him — the band, his family.'

He goes on to explain, 'When someone's really, really low and on their own a lot, as a friend, your mind goes to the worst-case scenario. That period didn't last forever, but there was a time when we were all regularly checking in on him, just trying to make sure he wasn't on his own.'

According to his friend Phil, Chris feels things strongly as his Coldplay bandmate explains, 'When Chris feels good, he feels really good. And when he feels bad, he feels really bad.'

Chris then goes on to say, 'I still wake up down a lot of days. But now I feel like I've been given the tools to turn it around.'

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