Chris Martin Says Wife Gwyneth Paltrow is His 'Beard'

October 25, 2011 By:
Chris Martin Says Wife Gwyneth Paltrow is His 'Beard'

Chris Martin doesn’t talk about his personal life too much. I guess he feels like those paparazzi shots of him carrying his kids say enough.

So when the Coldplay singer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the topic of his high-profile wife came up, he just joked it off, calling her his “beard.” For those who don’t know, “beard” in this context means a fake wife, usually used by a gay man in Hollywood to cover up his gayness.
Because I’m terrified of the Church of Scientology digging through my garbage and blackmailing me, I won’t offer up any actual names.

Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland sat down with Ellen to promote and perform songs from their new album, Mylo Xyloto. Ellen asked Martin, “you don’t talk about Gwyneth a lot?”

“No,” Martin replied. But Ellen insisted: “But you have a great relationship and two precious kids. And we love Gwyneth. She’s been here many times.”

“She’s been a great beard for me now, for 10 years,” Martin joked. “Yeah, it’s hard to believe.”

Martin recently confirmed that Paltrow is indeed his first relationship.

“I think a lot of people like me and Jonny join bands because we were really not doing so well…with anybody,” Martin said.

Buckland added:

“I think the longest relationship we’ve had is together.”

Well, that’s sweet. Rockstar love.

Ellen then asked how long they’ve been “together”, to which Eastland replied: “About 14 years.”

“14 years, that’s amazing,” Ellen responded.

Chris, a little hurt, said: “I don’t understand how you can forget our anniversary. It’s actually 15 years this week.”

After gushing over each other, Coldplay performed Paradise and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall from their new album. Mylo Xyloto was released on Tuesday amid pretty decent reviews. So, if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering, what the hell does Mylo Xyloto mean?

And the answer is…absolutely nothing.

“We did take a gun and kind of shoot it right at our shoes [by calling it Mylo Xyloto],” Martin explained. “It's just an attempt to... it just feels fresh to us, it's new. It doesn't mean anything except that music. Maybe in the old days before anyone knew what a Snickers was, that word would have sounded weird as well, or Google... or Yahoo! So why not try and invent something new?"