Chris Martin was "just fooling around" when he punched a reporter at London's Q Awards this month, a pal of the Coldplay frontman tells the Daily News (New York).
Martin had revealed to Paul Rees, editor of Q music mag, that he and Gwyneth Paltrow have what some married couples call a "Get out of jail card" - an all-access pass for one affair. Paltrow was OK with Martin's choice of any of the members of Girls Aloud, and he'd approved the guys in Westlife for her. But according to holymoly.co.uk, when Rees countered, "You could have at least told her Brad Pitt," Martin blurted out, "She was engaged to him, you f-ker!"
Rees tried to apologize and put his arm around Martin, who swiftly punched him in the chest -- in jest? But Chris, really -- Girls Aloud? Talk about going out for hamburger when you have steak at home.