[X10Y] Guy Berryman was ‘jealous’ of Chris getting all the attention
10 years of X&Y – #X10Y
It’s classic interview time. 10 years ago, Coldplay will in the spotlight like never before. Gossip papers were all over Chris Martin’s relationship with his new partner, Gwyneth Paltrow and the band’s musical comeback for third album, ‘X&Y’ was a behemoth of an event, as their popularity scaled to new heights over in the states. Amongst this, Guy revealed previous feelings of envy towards the Coldplay frontman. Their thoughts are very different nowadays so to read the thoughts of the band below, at this time, makes for some very interesting reading:
CHris Martin’s bandmates get jealous of all the attention he receives – until they see all the negative implications of being in the limelight.
Chris became a prime target for paparazzi photographers and tabloid gossip columns when he embarked on a high profile relationship with Hollywood leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow. Guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion are annoyed by the assumption that Martin is the band’s sole creative force, but they remain content to hog the background behind their singer.
Jonny says, “It doesn’t worry me that people think we don’t do much, because I know we all work on everything together. I worry for the amount Chris is hassled by the paparazzi. We can go up to paps and push them away.”
Will remains realistic about his role and he relishes detaching himself from the pressures of being in one of the world’s biggest bands. He continues, “It would be foolish of me to pretend that I was the band’s driving force. Chris is single-minded, he’s focused 24 hours a day. I’ve got a short attention span and want to switch off when I get home. Part of me wants to remain hidden – but that puts a lot of pressure on Chris.”
Guy admits to experiencing some envious feelings towards Martin: “At first, when Chris got all the attention, I was jealous, but when you realise how much hassle it is, the appeal wears off. We’ve got to make an effort to present ourselves as four this time.”