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1. Christopher Anthony John “Chris” Martin is an English singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and is the lead vocalist and co-founder of the band Coldplay.
2. Chris Martin was born in Whitestone, Exeter, Devon, England, and is the eldest of five children.
3. Chris Martin once admitted that his favourite thing about being in Coldplay was waiting for Madamme Tussauds to call.
4. Chris Martin can apparently speak “Denovian”, which he claims is “farm language”.
5. Chris Martin got arrested for attacking a paparazzi car in Australia in 2003.
6. His father, Anthony Martin, is a retired accountant, and his mother, Alison Martin, is a music teacher.
7. Chris Martin once bought a piece of Banksy artwork at Sean Penn’s charity event, which set him back $400k.
8. His family’s business was Martins of Exeter until sold by his father in 1999.
9. Chris Martin’s favourite Coldplay song is “Glass of Water”.
10. Chris Martin had to learn to sing ‘The Scientist’ backwards for the video. He learned the phonetic movements to create the illusion he was singing the words correctly.
11. After Exeter Cathedral School, Martin boarded at Sherborne School in Dorset and where he met future Coldplay manager Phil Harvey.
12. Chris Martin graduated from University College London with a degree in Ancient World Studies.
13. Chris Martin once DJ’d at an Arcade Fire show wearing a skeleton mask so that nobody would recognise him.
14. Chris Martin was married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow for 10 years.
15. The couple met at a Coldplay concert in 2002, while the band was touring their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head, after tabloids had started rumouring a relationship between the two.
16. Martin and the band released a song “I am your baby’s daddy” under the name “The Nappies” in anticipation of the birth of Apple. Their second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born in April 2006 in New York City. Moses’s name was inspired by a song, “Moses”, that Martin wrote for Paltrow.
17. Chris Martin went on to call “Nightswimming” “the greatest song ever written”.
18. In a 2005 Rolling Stone magazine interview, Martin said of his religious views: “I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?”
19. Chris Martin has called Richard Ashcroft, formerly of The Verve, “the best singer in the world”.
20. Chris Martin is known to be a fan of Oasis and Muse, Irish pop group Westlife, British pop groups Girls Aloud and Take That, and Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire.