Coldplay’s Chris Martin walks out of BBC interview

Chris Martin
Chris Martin

Coldplay's Chris Martin has walked out of an interview with BBC Radio 4's arts show Front Row. The emotional frontman asked to leave after nine minutes because he wasn't enjoying himself and found the questions difficult to answer. Drummer Will Champion continued the interview before Martin returned for a final question.

The show's presenter John Wilson began by asking about comments made at an awards show in 2005 where Coldplay claimed they would not be seen for "a very long time". Wilson continued to question the band's change of direction, influences and the apparent "ongoing morbid fascination with death".

Chris Martin replied: "I find these sort of questions really hard to answer. I'd say you're journalistically twisting me into saying something I don't really mean".

A question regarding the inspiration behind the artwork for latest album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends was the final straw for Martin, who quietly requested to leave the studio: "I'm not really enjoying this - I just don't really like having to talk about things".

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).