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Chris Martin didn't want to battle Gwyneth Paltrow

Chris Martin didn't want to battle Gwyneth Paltrow

Chris Martin never wanted a "battle" with Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Coldplay frontman split from the 43-year-old actress in 2014 after almost 10 years of marriage but worked hard to "maintain a friendship" so their children Apple, 11, and Moses, nine, would never have to read negatives stories about their relationship.

He said: "If you have kids and they start reading about their parents not liking each other, that's not good.

"We just spent a long time trying to maintain a friendship so there wouldn't have to be any kind of battle."

Despite the high profile of their marriage breakdown, the 38-year-old singer managed to avoid reading media coverage of their split as he felt there would be "no good" in doing so.

He told NME magazine: "Of course, village gossip, we all like to know what everyone's up to ... But once you start being in it you realise, well, this isn't really based on any truth.

"Especially if you go through a big break-up, there's no point reading about it. There's just no good gonna come from it."

Meanwhile, the 'Adventure of a Lifetime' singer singled out playing Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode' with actor Michael J. Fox - who suffers from Parkinson's disease - as the highlight of his career.

He said: "He has a Parkinson's benefit every year and 'Back To The Future' is my favourite film.

"He said, 'Would you do some music at the event?' So I said, 'Yes, of course. I'd love to, but is there any way you could come on stage and we could re-create my favourite scene in film history?'

"And he said yes! He said, 'I'll time my medication so I'm most able to play [guitar] at that time.'

"So we started playing 'Earth Angel', the ballad they're playing in the film when he first joins the band and his pictures are disappearing, and then he came on and people went crazy and we played 'Johnny B Goode'. My life just felt complete."