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The Shortlist for April 28

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Chris Martin on Gwyneth Paltrow split: ‘If you don't let love in you can't give it back'Were Chris Martin's personal issues behind his now infamous "conscious uncoupling" from Gwyneth Paltrow? In a new interview with BBC Radio 1, the newly single Coldplay star waxed philosophic about connections between the end of his 10-plus-year marriage and his new album, "Ghost Stories.""I wouldn't use the word breakdown. This was more a realization about trying to grow up basically," he said (via Celebitchy). "Like I said, if you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way. What changed for me was — I don't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure. Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well … About two years ago I was a mess really because I can't enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me because I'm burdened by this — I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes."He went on to say that he "wasn't completely vulnerable" for a long time and "it caused some problems," adding that his own life's challenges were funneled into the new album."I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way … I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids, or illness …You have to really not run away from that stuff. Life throws these colorful challenges at you …what we decided to do on ‘Ghost Stories' was to really be honest about it and say, this is what's been happening," he said."It's not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone, its more nuanced than that ..."
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