Chris Martin wrote a song for his wife’s BFF Beyonce, but Bey refused it

You know how in Gwyneth Paltrow’s mind, she and Beyonce are super-tight and total BFFs? And in reality, Beyonce is like, “She’s okay, but she’s a little clingy”? Well, it seems like Gwyneth’s husband Chris Martin thought he could casually exploit (not really) his wife’s relationship with Beyonce – Chris wrote a song for Beyonce, and asked her to record it with Coldplay for their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. Beyonce (through her people!) refused. So Chris wrote another song, this time for Rihanna, and Rihanna sang it and now Chris thinks that Rihanna is his favorite. And everything Chris learned about being a bitchy high school girl, he learned from Gwyneth.

Maxim: So how did the Rihanna collaboration on Mylo Xyloto, “Princess of China,” come about? Because you’ve name-checked Beyoncé so many times in the past, we would have expected her to turn up on the album.

Chris Martin: Well, I did write a song for Beyoncé, but it got rejected by her A&R people. And the one I wrote for Rihanna didn’t get rejected. It was when she was doing Rated R, but it took so long—there’s still this tribalism in music where we’re rock and you’re pop and you’re hip-hop, and it sometimes takes a while to get across those barriers. Whereas a 14-year-old doesn’t even see those barriers. So once we started thinking like that, it was, “Who cares if we used to be shelved in different places in Tower Records?” She’s f–king rad, and I love listening to her. It’s my favorite real singing on the album, ’cause it isn’t me.”

[Via Maxim]

So why didn’t Gwyneth intercede on behalf of her husband to get her super-duper BFF 4 EVA Beyonce to sing on his album? Is it because Goop and Bey aren’t really that super-duper close? Is it because Beyonce thinks she’s too good to appear on a Coldplay album? Is it because Bey is surrounded by sycophantic yes men? Who knows? But I like the idea that Chris is Pro-RiRi and Gwyneth is Pro-Bey, and THAT is the biggest fight they’re having during this holiday season.

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  1. brin says:

    Team no one…they’re all selfcentered.

  2. kazoo says:

    wow, beyonce looks just like her mom there.

    and yeah, i was wondering why coldplay had rihanna and not beyonce on their album. martin also said in another interview that rihanna was the best singer ever (LOL). jab at bey?

    also— if they’re such good friends, why would he go through her record label? why wouldn’t he take the song directly to her and play it? ah, celebs and their fake friendships. it’s cute.

  3. Jayna says:

    You don’t do duets just because you are friends and are asked. The song probably didn’t grab her or her AR people.

  4. Cherry says:

    could it be because Beyoncé simply didn’t like the song that Chris wrote?

  5. Jackie says:

    the more he talks, the more i dislike him. but, it makes me understand why him and goop are together.

    ‘she’s fucking rad’ – ya chris, you’re just about as cool as your wife…ugh.

  6. Quest says:

    Well boo d’ bloomin’ hoo Chris!

  7. just a patsy says:

    Considering the crap that constitutes Beyonce’s latest album, perhaps she should have words with her people on what they reject.

  8. AngelMay says:

    Call me a conspiracy bumpist, I still think Bey’s belly doesn’t look right. She’s too flat in the under-boob area and the whole thing just looks strapped on.

  9. margaritachum says:

    even beyonce doesn’t like coldplay.
    if they’re such a great band why invite rihanna instead of a real singer with real talent?

  10. Ari says:

    They are both part of the same circle so who cares.

  11. grace says:

    Bey needsto look at herself in that brown dress, not flattering AT ALL! Love the fake bump tho!

  12. missanne says:

    He was on howard stern last week, and I didnt like him before, but I warmed up to him..he’s a dry british bloke, and he’s a lot cuter than those pics show. He’s not very photogenic, but he’s incredibly cute.

  13. normades says:

    Why does he have to keep talking about this?? Ok, so Bey’s peeps said no. Bitter much? Shut up now.

  14. Tiffany says:

    I guess I am reading it wrong.a he was asked by the interviewer about Beyonce and he answered the question.It’s not like Beyonce or her people have been making the smartest choices musically lately like a duet with the biggest band in the world right now.He then talked up his collaborator Rihanna. Would it have been better if he said she was awful. Martin and Jay Z are the ones that are close and have worked together before. I like to bash them like the next person but I don’t think anything is there.

  15. Nanz says:

    This story is kind of priceless. Can you imagine what G is saying to him behind the scenes? About him trash talking her BFF? I want to be a fly on THAT wall.

  16. Paloma says:

    Love the line, “everything Chris learned about being a bitchy high school girl, he learned from Gwyneth.”

    This the perfect definition of Gwynnie!

  17. GirlyGIrl says:

    I wonder how Rihanna stayed awake during the recording? Coldplay is better then Ambien for me.

  18. mia girl says:

    Agree with @Tiffany, its Martin and JayZ who were close and then came the wives.

    I am sure that Bey and JayZ see themselves above Coldplay on the musical superstar pecking order and so from their business perspective, they didn’t see how this could help her career. Well, that was before her latest lame CD… and Coldplay’s CD is doing just fine. Who looks like a fool now? Rihanna gets to sing with their BFF Martin while Bey’s left with pimping her belly.

  19. sara says:

    Why does he always look shocked in pics? Doesn’t he know by now that he will look like a meth head? He has crazy eyes, which I can relate too cause I have then myself. You have to be careful when you got your pic taken because of that. Relax and soften Chris.

  20. Denise says:

    They are not in high school; in fact they are not on the planet. I mean, really, “rad” is so 1997.

  21. Happy21 says:

    She probably refused it because Coldplay SUCKS and she didn’t want to collaborate on a shitty song!

  22. Jover says:

    I agree brin all self-centered and overrated; used to like coldplay in the beginning seen them live; truthfully coldplay is to real rock what barney is to real dinosaurs; friend told me to order Zeppelins 1972 cd How the west was won – wow, that’s music, guitar, singing jamming – all the overproduced aututuned overhyped crap of bey, coldplay, jz, riri,etc. can’t even touch that. When music was music not just one more corporate product.

    • Katniss says:

      jover your comment reaks of an obtuse primitive and pretentious mind set.

      you may have had the potential for a fair point about the overuse of autotune or about Coldplay’s newest material being shit but that bit about Zep and corporate music killed it…

      all music owned and released by a record label is corporate yes including Led Zepelain

      and in reguards to Coldplay not being “rock n roll” enough, if you truly are that narrow of a pretentious elitist to only listen to those who cling to the primitive steryotypes of genres then GOD have mercy on your smarmy hipster soul…

  23. Annaloo says:

    Self absorbed NERDS. All of them.

  24. whatevs says:

    he looks so feminine in these pictures. also mentally challenged… as usual.

  25. samira677 says:

    Considering they spend a lot of time together, I don’t see how people can say they aren’t close. Also just because the wives and husbands are friends doesn’t mean Chris and Beyonce are. That happens a lot.

  26. Kar says:

    In the world of hiphop etc I’m sure Jay-Z is higher on the pecking order (musically) than his wife, and since Chris Martin produced one of his more recent album’s, I’m sure there’s more to the story than Beyonce’s people not liking his offerings. I like Beyonce and think she’s really talented, but I think for many fans of music, Coldplay’s talent is much more appreciated than Beyonce’s… I’ve always felt that her appeal is very club-music-mainstream-gimmicky. And her latest album is… not among her best. Far from it. Anyways, just some observations, don’t mean to offend or be abrasive!

    Anyways, knowing how close Goop and Bey are, and Jay and Chris, I find this Rihanna love+replacing Beyonce interesting… Considering all the rumours about her and JayZ in the past (he’s her ‘mentor’/sort of discovered her or something?)…

  27. Tiffany says:

    @ Mia Girl. As far as pecking order, Jay Z does not have the same worldwide appeal that Coldplay or Beyonce. Remenber when he headlined Glastonbury and everyone was like, ‘what?’. It’s not hurting his bottom line but, yeah I am with you on that.

  28. Ally says:

    Are we buying that he bothered to write a different song for Rihanna, or did he just recycle his Beyonce song?

    I can’t imagine what would have been the point of such a collaboration for Beyonce, she’s one of the biggest female singers on the planet. She really does not need the suburban bump of the lamest whiteboy band besides Nickelback.