Chris Martin rarely gives interviews, but when he does he really opens up!
The Coldplay frontman spoke with Rolling Stone in advance of the band’s upcoming eighth album, Everyday Life — and ended up talking about his history with homophobia!
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The Exeter native explained it was in his teen years when the faith he was brought up with gave him anxiety due to his confusion about his own budding sexuality:
“When I went to boarding school, I walked a bit funny and I bounced a bit and I was also very homophobic because I was like, ‘If I’m gay, I’m completely f**ked for eternity’ and I was a kid discovering sexuality. ‘Maybe I’m gay, maybe I’m this, maybe I’m that, I can’t be this.’”
Since his religious upbringing told him being gay was wrong, the thought he could be made him more angry at it.
Seems like something a lot of gay men raised religious go through. If you’ve ever wondered why so many homophobic politicians turn out to be secretly gay, this is a pretty decent explanation actually…
“I was terrified and then I walked a bit funny and I was in a boarding school with a bunch of quite hardcore kids who were also gone for their thing and, for a few years, they would very much say, ‘You’re definitely gay,’ in quite a full-on manner, quite aggressively telling me that and it was weird for me for a few years.”
Word to the not-so-wise: you can tell you’re gay by the being sexually attracted to men!
Lil’ Chris Martin didn’t understand that and tortured himself over it for a long time. He says he thought:
“‘I don’t know and even if I am, I can’t be because it’s wrong… If I am, I can’t be.’”
Martin says that schism between thinking he might be gay and thinking it was this great sin caused “terrible turmoil” for him.
Then it just… stopped.
“About 15 and a half, I don’t know what happened, I was like, ‘Yeah, so what?’ and then it all just stopped overnight. It was very interesting.”
How does Chris account for the evolution? Mostly “just growing up a bit”:
“ a bit more exposure to the world, thinking, ‘A lot of my heroes are gay,’ or whatever. Whatever they are, it doesn’t really matter. So what that did was ease a big pressure and then made me question, ‘Hey maybe some of this stuff that I’m learning about God and everything — I’m not sure if I subscribe to all of this particular religion.’”
If only more young people would experience that moment of clarity.
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