Chris Martin: Gwyneth Paltrow 'has been a great beard for me'

coldplay-on-ellen.jpgColdplay frontman Chris Martin is notorious for refusing to talk about his relationship with wife Gwyneth Paltrow -- they barely publicly acknowledge their marriage and never walk red carpets together -- but he didn't storm off the stage when Ellen DeGeneres brought up his famous wife during a recent performance.

Martin visited Ellen's show with guitarist Jonny Buckland, where the band performed "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" from their upcoming album, "Mylo Xyloto."

Ellen prodded Martin about Paltrow, and he responded coyly, "She's been a great beard for me now, for 10 years."

"I know that this is your first relationship," Ellen prompted. "So, really before you were in a relationship with Gwyneth. You didn't have a serious relationship at all? What was the longest relationship you were in before Gwyneth?"

"I think a lot of people like me and Jonny join bands because we were really not doing so well," Martin replied.

"With women?" Ellen asks.

"With anybody." Buckland says that their longest relationship -- 14 years, according to him -- has been with each other.

"I don't understand how you can forget our anniversary. It's actually 15 years this week," Martin jokes.
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