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Coldplay’s Chris Martin opens up about the time he questioned whether he was gay

Grammy winner Chris Martin, of the band Coldplay, has opened up about questioning his own sexuality, and about the homophobic bullying, he endured in school.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, 42-year-old Martin recalls attending boarding school in his native UK, and feeling a bit homophobic himself.

“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*cked 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,'” Martin said.

The singer went on to detail his own experiences with bullying when classmates would call him “‘definitely gay’ in quite a full-on manner.” The harassment only added to his own confusion over his sexuality.

Fortunately for Martin, his thinking has progressed beyond that of a bullied 15-year-old. Over time, he began to question his own homophobia and why being gay was so bad in the first place.

“I don’t know what happened, I was like, ‘Yeah, so what?’ and then it all just stopped overnight,” he recalls. “It was very interesting. Once I was like, ‘Yeah, so what if I’m gay.'”

As a result, he also began to question his religious beliefs.

“[It] 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,'” he says.

“So for a few years, that was a bit wobbly and then eventually I just was like, ‘OK, I think I have my own relationship with what I think God is and it’s not really any one religion for me.'”

Martin’s admissions come just ahead of the release of Coldplay’s latest album, Everyday Life.

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