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Coldplay's Chris Martin speaks of struggle with evangelical Christian upbringing

by Kelly Valencia

Chris Martin, the frontman of pop band Coldplay, has opened up about the impact that being raised as an evangelical is having on his life.  

Speaking to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM Radio show, Martin said he is finding it difficult to deal with his strict religious upbringing. 

“I'm also having such a hard time in my life right now. And part of that is to part of dealing with that is going back to look at all that stuff,” he said. 

“There was also a lot of strange indoctrination. Not even deliberately. But yeah, there was. I couldn't sing Paint It Black, for example, by the Stones, because I thought it was evil,” he continued. 

The 44-year-old musician added that understanding how he “got wired” and realising that “any method of coping with something is a strength when you develop it. But then later in your life, it might not necessarily serve you anymore.” 

“I'm in that kind of period of like, well, this thing that made me survive that period, is not helping me now.”

Martin was raised in a Christian family in Devon. It has been reported they attended the Belmont Chapel in Exeter, where his parents played a crucial role in the church. 

He has since distanced himself from Christianity, saying is an “alltheist”, meaning he believes God is in everyone and everywhere. 

Martin explained this further during the interview with Howard Stern: “My God, for me is all things and all. God is everywhere and everyone and it's also the unknowable, the vast majesty behind everything. And it's just the point where you get to the place where you can't think any further, that's where I think God is.”

“I don’t think that God is a man in the sky with a grey beard,” he concluded.

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