First came Macklemore, now there's Chris Martin. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the Coldplay singer confessed that he was bullied for seeming gay when he was in boarding school.
At about 21 minutes into the more than half-hour chat, Martin began to discuss his sexuality. In an answer eerily similar to the first verse of "Same Love," Martin told the interviewer, "When I went to boarding school, I walked a bit funny and I bounced a bit" and so people would tell him "you're definitely gay." "It was weird for me," he said.
The "Fix You" singer added that he was raised in a strict religious household that taught him that sinners would burn in Hell and that made him terrified of being gay. He said "was also very homophobic" at the time.
"[B]ecause I was like 'If I'm gay, I'm completely fucked for eternity," he said.
For a few years, Martin struggled with this idea. While he personally didn't think he was gay, everyone around him was telling him he was -- and that was enough to threaten his eternal soul.
Thankfully, Martin soon realized there's nothing wrong with being gay. Martin realized some of his heroes, including Elton John, were gay, and that the world was a lot bigger and more diverse than he had realized. While he is straight, Martin realized he didn't care if people thought he wasn't. After that, when bullies would tell him he was gay, he started to respond by saying, "Yeah, so what?" and all of it stopped.
The epiphany affected the musician's overall relationship with religion, he added. While he grew up in an Evangelical household, Martin started rejecting some of the things he had been taught and questioning "some of this stuff that [he was] learning about God and everything.
"I'm not sure if I subscribe to all of this particular religion," he thought to himself.
Being made fun of for being gay as a teen sucks, believe me -- I've been there. I'm sure it becomes easier after you realize you're not gay and it stops, but still. Chris Martin was married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow for 10 years before "consciously uncoupling" in 2016. He's now dating famous Ellen rival Dakota Johnson.