Chris Martin thinks he was ‘very homophobic’ when he was a boarding school teen

Coldplay performing at the Natural History Museum, London - 25th November 2019

Chris Martin sat down for an interview with Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone. The interview is a video piece, which you can see here. I had neither the time nor the desire to sit there and watch the damn thing, even given the fact that Martin rarely makes himself available for these kinds of in-depth interviews about sexuality, masculinity, Coldplay’s musical legacy and more. The biggest headline coming out of this interview was Chris saying some stuff about how he used to be homophobic, when he was a kid/teenager.

Despite being an advocate for the LGBTQ community, Chris Martin admitted when he was a teen and first learning about his own sexuality he was “very homophobic.”

“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,” he told Rolling Stone’s editorial director Jann S. Wenner in a rare new interview. The Coldplay frontman, 42, explained that the “hardcore” kids at his school in England would tease him.

“They were very much like, ‘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,” he said.

Martin, who shares two children with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, said that, at the time, he didn’t know if he was gay or not but thought to himself, “Even if I am, I can’t be because it’s wrong.” He added that it created “a terrible turmoil” for him. “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. Once I was like, ‘Yeah, so what if I’m gay?’” he said of not caring about people’s assumptions any longer.

He continued, “Just growing up a bit and having 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.”

[From Page Six]

I’m the same Xennial generation as Chris and I remember saying some sh-t in my youth that would make people believe I was pretty homophobic too. It was all around, but that’s no excuse. Back then, it was a legit insult to say “that’s so gay” or “you’re so gay.” I know I make fun of Millennials and Generation Garbage Youth, but really, they changed SO MANY conversations about sexuality and gender and everything else. Thank God for them. As for Chris’s come-to-Jesus moment about how there’s nothing wrong with being gay and whatever… I mean, it is what it is. I don’t think Chris was saying any of this to be the wokest person ever, nor do I think he’s like “here’s my story, I’m ready for my GLAAD award!” It’s just HIS story, how he was bullied and how he got the bullying to stop.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    What he is saying is coming from his state of self. it is not like he was out there Liam Neesoning the other kids at school because he thought that they were gay.

    I found and still find nothing wrong with what he said.

    • Snazzy says:

      I didn’t find anything wrong with it either. This is his experience and how he’s grown as a person towards more tolerance. I think it’s great he’s sharing this

  2. savu says:

    I think once people in older generations get more open about why they felt the way they did, and the homophobia they were likely surrounded by, the easier it is to evolve from it. I’m a millennial and “that’s so gay” was an insult in my middle/high school years. That was 15 years ago but I’m glad so much has changed. It’ll take even younger generations to fully understand/dismantle toxic masculinity and homophobia, which are inexplicably linked.

    • Steff says:

      Spot on. I’m around the same age and remember that insult. Everyone said it so casually. Now, looking back, I can see how intrenched in toxic masculinity society was.

  3. Slowsnow says:

    He is being candid and good for him. It’s important to have these conversations and to let it all out. In the UK there is still to this day this lad culture about weighing your manly good through toughness, drinking and cheating on girls.

  4. Keira says:

    Kids are still saying “that’s gay” as a pejorative. 🙁

    • MC2 says:

      Some kids are, but luckily not all & hardly any where I live. My teen boy & their friends do not use this pejorative & will call out other people if they do. Things are shifting, but it’s slow.

  5. JanetFerber says:

    On another topic, what about his terrible taste in wives?

  6. Raina says:

    Generation garbage youth killed me. They really fucking are.
    There is not ONE generation garbage youths conversation that I over hear that doesn’t end with me thinking: Everyone in the 90s should have pulled out

  7. Naddie says:

    It’s hard to find a person that’s never been homophobic. When I was teen it was mandatory, if you didn’t find the jokes funny, you’d be suspected of being gay and the other kids would isolate you or worse.