Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's Daughter Apple Eased Coldplay's Super Bowl Nerves: Getting 'Turned Into a Meme' Is the 'Worst That Could Happen'

Coldplay is headlining the Super Bowl 50 halftime show


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Coldplay has traveled the world on seven concert tours, but the English rockers still have fears when it comes to headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.

Frontman Chris Martin told CBS News that when he expressed his anxiety over the performance to daughter Apple, 11, she shared some sage wisdom.

“My daughter said the sweetest thing yesterday,” Martin explained. “She said, ‘How are you feeling about the Super Bowl?’ I said, ‘Of course we’re a little bit nervous.’ She said, ‘Dad, the worst that could happen is that you’ll get turned into a meme.'”

Regardless, the 38 year old insists he’s excited for the “great challenge” of performing in front of millions of viewers with bandmates Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion.

“I love the whole concept of trying to present your entire musical life in 12 and a half minutes,” he told CBS. “We’ve possibly got 11 good minutes. So we have some special guests and they’ll cover the rest.”

But who are those special guests? Martin hinted at Beyoncé – his recent collaborator on single "Hymn for the Weekend," – and Bruno Mars, pointing out their spots on a rehearsal stage in Los Angeles. “This may be Beyoncé’s footprint,” Martin told CBS. “I’d say she was here about four hours ago. Let’s look for a Bruno one.”

Even with the impressive backup of halftime show alumni, Martin is prepared for the haters – and he’ll pay them no mind.

“We sound like we always wanted to, and we feel at peace with what we’ve done to get here,” explained Martin. “When you start a band, your purpose is to never offend anybody, and when you get to a certain level of success, it’s apparent you have offended some people, and it took us a while to let it all go.”

And, at the end of the day, Martin has already conquered his toughest critics: Apple and son Moses, 9, his children with ex Gwyneth Paltrow.

“We make it onto our kids’ playlists still, which is good,” the “Paradise” singer says. “[They’re not impressed with] anything.”

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Martin also shared an anecdote about the late David Bowie, whom he “sort of” worked with. As it turns out, Bowie actually turned down a collaboration with the band on an unnamed song.

“He was so wonderfully humorous and kind in his dismissal,” the singer said. “We were on the phone and I said, ‘What do you think about it?’ And he said, ‘Ah, it’s not one of your best Chris.’ And that was it. I was like, ‘You know what, he’s right. This is s—.'”

While Martin said he wasn’t sure “how to talk about” Bowie’s passing, he only had kind words for the icon: “He was, in my experience, just lovely.”

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