Homosexuality and religion have always been a really sensitive topic for many people. The reason being that many religions have always shunned the gay community, stating that it is sinful to be sexually attracted to someone of the same sex.
It was this type of religious thinking that has plagued Chris Martin’s for years during his time as a teenager. The Coldplay lead singer went through a phase where he was questioning his sexual orientation at a boarding school. This resulted in him changing his mind about God and how homosexuality should be perceived.
During a lengthy interview with Rolling Stones founder and editorial director Jann Wenner, the two discussed about the 42-year-old’s religious upbringing and how it affected him during his time in a boarding school. He described himself as an odd kid and that he was terrified by the fact that he might be gay.
“‘Maybe I’m gay, maybe I’m this, maybe I’m that, I can’t be this’ so I was terrified. And then I walked a bit funny and I was in a boarding school with a bunch of quite hardcore kids who were also gone for their thing,” he told Wenner.
He remembered that “for a few years, 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.”
When asked whether the singer thought of himself as gay at one point, he answered, “‘I don’t know and even if I am, I can’t be because it’s wrong. If I am, I can’t be’ so that was creating a terrible turmoil.”
However, the UK born later revealed that he had a sudden change of heart stating that, “I don’t know what happened, but 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 added that, “I don’t know what it was. Maybe it was reading about Elton. I really don’t remember. Maybe 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.”
This revelation took a weight off the “Yellow” singer’s shoulder when he had an a-ha moment. “So what that did was ease a big pressure and then made me question, ‘Hey maybe some of this stuff that I’m learning about God and everything — I’m not sure if I subscribe to all of this particular religion’,” the Grammy winner commented.
He stated that, “So for a few years that was a bit wobbly and then eventually I just was like, ‘Okay, I think I have my own relationship with what I think God is and it’s not really any one religion for me.’”
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