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Chris Martin Reveals What Made Him Think He Might Be Gay as a Teen


At last night's ceremony for the Q Awards, Coldplay's Chris Martin says that in the 90's UK boyband Take That made him wonder if he way gay:

MartinThe Coldplay front man joked that Take That made him question his sexuality when he was growing up. Chris told the celebrity-packed audience at The Q Awards yesterday that he had two favourite bands when he was a kid, “U2 and five handsome, strapping men from Stoke and Manchester. I'm not afraid to admit it, they made me ask the question 'Am I gay?'"

Chris was at the event to not only pick up a gong for Coldplay’s Best Act In The World Today win, but to also present Gary Barlow with his award for Classic Songwriter, and the Take That star was shocked to receive his little golden Q trophy.

Watch Barlow (above, right) in an interview at last night's awards, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I think what will be interesting to see, 30-40 years from now, when homosexuality is more accepted, is how much bisexuality really exists in the world. My guess is that the rate of bisexuality is probably much, much higher than most people realize.

    Posted by: MDK | Oct 25, 2011 9:55:23 AM

  2. Does this mean Martin is straight?

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 25, 2011 11:02:13 AM

  3. @Mdk, you might be right.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 25, 2011 11:24:23 AM

  4. Yawn.

    Posted by: Tikihead | Oct 25, 2011 11:35:24 AM

  5. I completely agree with MDK. People are not comfortable with grey areas in between ANY binaries. Our president is biracial, yet most only acknowledge his father's heritage.

    It's very shortsighted and narrow. People-gay and straight-need to acknowledge that bisexuality exists. There are more of us than the monosexuals realize; that's for sure!

    Posted by: Tophu628 | Oct 25, 2011 11:37:12 AM

  6. Can someone with a good memory and in the know--maybe a British reader--list the names of the Take That members in the pic, from left to right? I never followed them but the tree on the left were really sexy...more so than Robbie Williams, the only one I recognize.

    Posted by: scott x | Oct 25, 2011 12:03:54 PM

  7. Make that "three on the left," not "tree on the left." Don't type Elm, Pine, and Oak, please in response to my typo. ;)

    Posted by: scott x | Oct 25, 2011 12:05:44 PM

  8. @ Scott X. L to R: Mark, Howard, Jason, Robbie, Gary.
    Fun fact: It has just come out in the tabloids that Jason is now dating comedienne and gay favourite, Catherine Tate.

    Posted by: ron | Oct 25, 2011 12:49:01 PM

  9. Mmm, Robbie Williams!

    "I'm loving Angels instead."

    Posted by: Tophu628 | Oct 25, 2011 1:52:10 PM

  10. I was in middle school & high school when Take That was super popular in the States & they're why I knew I'm gay ;)

    Posted by: redball | Oct 25, 2011 2:49:49 PM

  11. When were they ever 'super popular' here in 'the States?'

    Posted by: John | Oct 25, 2011 3:54:24 PM

  12. Umm, never. But that picture is definitely super gay.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 25, 2011 5:02:01 PM

  13. Why is this being reported here? This is not exactly gay news.Pathetic and stupid!

    Posted by: J | Oct 25, 2011 5:14:13 PM

  14. John, I'd say roughly 1995-2000 but Wikipedia probably has better answers :). It would have to include whatever year "I Want You Back" came out! That was mah jam!!! And they were so foine.

    Posted by: redball | Oct 25, 2011 5:58:49 PM

  15. In that photo the boys look like they are getting ready to shoot a Bel Ami video...

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 25, 2011 6:35:04 PM

  16. They had one minor hit in the US with "Back For Good" in 95 but Robbie had already left by the time it hit the states.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 25, 2011 6:53:17 PM

  17. But now they make great grown up music that's well worth checking out, not the least for the clips in which Jason just looks incredibly handsome...

    Posted by: Chunks | Oct 25, 2011 10:43:34 PM

  18. @MDK


    I do believe the rate of bisexuality is much higher than what most people are willing to admit. I see it every day, even in a repressed society like the one I live in.

    I would say there are as many bisexual men as there are bisexual women, only that guys are not encouraged to exploit their sexuality.

    Posted by: stranded | Oct 26, 2011 12:02:49 AM

  19. Redball, are you sure you aren't thinking of NSYNC? Take That was never really popular in the US. Most Americans probably wouldn't know who they were.

    Posted by: S | Oct 26, 2011 6:51:29 AM

  20. Hey Scott, if you were from Bridgeport here in Chicaga, the tree o' dem would be perfectly fine.

    Posted by: billmiller | Oct 26, 2011 6:59:01 AM

  21. MDK, thats nice and all, but I can't wait for the moment when people realize that no one cares nor wants to hear about your sexuality, whatever it may be. The horse is dead.

    Posted by: ORLY | Oct 26, 2011 9:32:06 AM

  22. Here we have a guy who merely thought he was gay due to a minor experience in youth, and a few are insinuating some kind of suppression of bisexuality. Not every sexual or quasi-sexual experience is meaningful and indicative of homo-bi- or hetero sexuality, whatever the case may be. Personally, I think monosexuality and non-casual sexuality is what gets the bad wrap because it means that one is not available to everyone, which is the harder to come to terms with.

    Posted by: XsEve | Oct 31, 2011 3:02:41 AM

  23. a culture as pornified as ours

    Posted by: XsEve | Oct 31, 2011 3:04:40 AM

  24. Hey S: Their "Back for Good" music video played quite a bit on TV back in the 90s. That seems plenty popular to me! True...they weren't as big as Backstreet Boys & 'NSync & I may have overstated by saying they were "super" popular...pretty popular or pretty well known seems fair, though. :)

    Posted by: redball | Nov 2, 2011 9:48:22 AM

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