Chris Martin suffered from a 'year of depression' after Gwyneth Paltrow split

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Chris Martin admitted that despite his amicable breakup with Gwyneth Paltrow, he still faced dark days.

In March 2014, the Coldplay frontman and actress announced in a Goop newsletter that they were "consciously uncoupling" after 10 years of marriage. "I still wake up down a lot of days," Martin told the Sunday Times. "But now I feel like I've been given the tools to turn it around."

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He added, "You can come at it very aggressively and blame and blame. Or you can put yourself in the garage, so to speak. Take yourself apart and clean off the bits. Reassemble."

After his split, Martin says he immersed himself in literature and read Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning, and Rumi's poem, The Guest House. "That one Rumi poem changes everything. It says that even when you're unhappy, it's good for you," he said. "It took me a year to get it. A year of depression and all that."

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FILE - This Jan. 11, 2014 file photo shows actress Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and her husband, singer Chris Martin at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Paltrow filed for divorce on Monday April 20, 2015, in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences and seeks joint physical and legal custody of her two children with Martin. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff /Invision/AP, File)
In this composite image a comparison has been made between Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Chris Martin. ***LEFT IMAGE*** VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Contagion' premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 3, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Lancia) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 30: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the DatchForum on September 30, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 28: Singer/Songwriter Chris Martin (L) and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event with contributors American Cancer Society and Bristol Myers Squibb hosted by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry Foundation)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow walks with her boyfriend musician Chris Martin of Coldplay February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Magnani/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen at LAX on December 30, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow walks with her boyfriend musician Chris Martin of Coldplay February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Magnani/Getty Images)
KAUAI, HI - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are seen on May 01, 2002 in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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The 39-year-old musician adds that he doesn't see his marriage as a failure. "It's always out there in the media, but I have a very wonderful separation-divorce. It's a divorce but it's a weird one," he said. "It's funny. I don't think about that word very often - divorce. I don't see it that way. I see it more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through. ...I've lived a lot of life since then."

Paltrow seems to agree with her ex. The 43-year-old Iron Man actress expressed to ET the importance of being on good terms with Martin as they co-parent their two children, daughter Apple and son Moses. "You have to constantly let go," she said. "You have to let go of old ideas, old resentments. You have to put the kids first, which I think people have the idea of that, but then oftentimes, you struggle with it."

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Paltrow also thinks it's good to focus on the big picture. "If you once loved the person enough to have kids with them, you have to focus on what you still love about them and what's beautiful about them and all the good aspects of your relationship," she said. "You still want a family, you're just not in a couple. So, I acknowledge we've done it in an unorthodox way but it's working for us."

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