The rocker says he wanted to be the kind of guy everyone wanted to sleep with

By Tiffany McGee
June 12, 2008 03:25 PM

Sure, Chris Martin is a big rock star married to one of Hollywood s top A-list actresses, but he was never a ladies man, he admits.

“I had a tricky time with girls until I was, like, 21,” the Coldplay frontman, 31, who married Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003, reveals in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

“I got trapped in the friendship trap many, many times,” he says. “It was like, ‘I need to be a rock star because this is no good: Being the kind of guy that everybody likes but no one wants to [sleep with].’ ”

Instead, he wanted “to be the guy that everybody” has sex with.

But Martin, whose band is releasing its new album Viva La Vida June 17, admits Paltrow has been his only “serious” partner.

“I always felt it would be great to be with a very powerful woman because it would keep you in your place,” he says. “Being married to someone very successful and very powerful basically keep you hungry to improve.”

It’s that very hunger that drives the musician in his career, as well as in his relationship – with the exception of one small issue. As he says: “You’ve got to be hungry. If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?”

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