One month after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin "consciously uncoupled" the Coldplay frontman is speaking out on the split, acknowledging his "own issues" that contributed to the breakup and how it helped inspire the band's new album, "Ghost Stories."
During a sit-down interview with Zane Lowe for BBC Radio 1, Martin, 37, briefly opened up about his private life.
"I wouldn't use the word breakdown. This was more a realization about trying to grow up basically… if you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside," Martin said of his broken relationship with Paltrow, 41.
"So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way."
He continued, "I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way. I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids or illness. You have to really not run away from that stuff."
As Radar previously reported, Paltrow and Martin announced their split on March 25 after 10 years of marriage with a joint statement on the actress' Goop website saying, "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate."
Martin told Lowe, "What changed for me was, I don't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure.
"About two years ago I was a mess really because I can't enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me because I'm burdened by this -- I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes."
Martin — who has two children with Paltrow; Apple and Moses — revealed that much of Coldplay's new album was inspired by the strain on his relationship with Paltrow.
"Up to a certain point in my life I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. f you don't let love in then you can't really give it back," he said.
"So what Ghost Stories means to me is like, you've got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point."