Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow used to double date with Beyonce and Jay Z. Bey duetted with Martin on Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams. And unless you spent the last 24 hours in a coma, you are aware that Beyonce stunned during Coldplay‘s Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
So Bey and C are BFFs, right? Sure, but that doesn’t mean she’ll hold back from cutting the British singer-songwriter down to size where applicable. In a new Rolling Stone cover story, Martin reveals Bey once shut him down on a Coldplay duet in no uncertain terms.
After sharing a song with her called “Hook Up,” Martin says Beyonce told him, “In the sweetest possible way, she told me, ‘I really like you — but this is awful.'”
Obviously, they eventually found a song they could agree to duet on. Not only does Beyonce sing on “Hymn for the Weekend,” but she brings it in the music video, too.
As you probably recall, Beyonce isn’t the only artist to make headlines for turning down Coldplay. Back in 2014, Martin was similarly forthcoming about David Bowie declining a duet. “One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it. He called me and said, ‘It’s not one of your best.'” Unlike Beyonce, though, Bowie never circled back for a follow-up collab. (Now we just need one more artist to turn down a Coldplay duet and it’s officially a trend.)
Elsewhere in the RS story, Martin shares the status of his amicable divorce with Paltrow, who attended Super Bowl 50 (with Blue Ivy, no less). “I have a very wonderful separation-divorce,” Martin said. “It’s a divorce — but it’s a weird one. I don’t think about that word very often. I don’t see it that way. I see it as more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through.” You can read more here.