04/29/2014 09:20 am ET Updated Apr 29, 2014

Chris Martin Thinks One Direction Is 'Brilliant,' No Joke

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Chris Martin's had a rough couple of weeks after the "conscious uncoupling" from his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, Martin said that he was to blame for the break up and, perhaps more surprisingly, that he's also a huge One Direction fan.

"I think One Direction are the biggest band in the world, their songs are great," Martin told BBC's Zane Lowe. "I'm saying One Direction are brilliant and I'm not kidding. You know why? Because their songs are really good and I don't think that any of them are going to go solo. I think they appreciate their chemistry from watching their movie."

Martin also got a case of 1D fever when meeting the Harry Styles, and said he just lost it. "I was like this, 'I was pretty sure I was a straight guy before' –- I was having a hot flush," Martin said.

Martin's affection for the band isn't that surprising, considering Coldplay covered One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" at a Tampa gig in 2012. Styles was in the audience, and he called Martin an "icon" after the show.

Coldplay will release their sixth album, "Ghost Stories," on May 19 and during the same interview Martin describes the record as "42 minutes on an emotional treadmill." Sounds like fun.



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