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Coldplay's new album inspired by Martin/Paltrow breakup

NOVEMBER 17: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live for fans at Allianz   Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia
NOVEMBER 17: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live for fans at Allianz Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Sydney, AustraliaBrendon Thorne/Getty Images

Coldplay's Chris Martin has told BBC's Radio 1 that his breakup with wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, has inspired the songs on Coldplay's new album, Ghost Stories.

He told Zane Low, "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."

Paltrow and Martin separated in March after ten years of marriage. The separation was announced on Paltrow's blog, entitled, "Conscious Uncoupling." The couple have two children, Apple, age 9 and Moses, age 7.

In the blog on Goop.com, the couple stated, "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate." The statement went on to say that they had, "come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate."

Martin elaborated in the Radio 1 interview, "I wouldn't use the word breakdown; this was more a realization about trying to grow up. If you can't open yourself up; you can't appreciate the wonder inside. You can be with someone wonderful, but because of your issues you can't let that be celebrated in the right way."

In discussing Coldplay's single, "Magic," released in March, Martin said, "It's not a question of you either really love someone or you really hate someone. It's more nuanced than that, especially with the modern world's complications like traveling and all the stuff that comes to life and illness and addiction and all that sort of thing."

The new Coldplay album is due out on May 19. In a very unusual move, the band announced on their website that lyrics to the nine songs on the album have been hidden in ghost story books in libraries in nine countries.

The lyrics appear in Martin's handwriting and hints about the locations will be posted starting today on Coldplay's twitter account. Fans can access the clues at twitter.com/coldplay, using the hashtag, #lyricshunt. The band encourages fans to help solve the clues and then visit their local library to see if they can find an envelope containing one of the lyric sheets. As they are discovered, a photo of that lyric sheet will be posted for everyone to see.