Coldplay stun fans with secret pub gig

Coldplay are used to performing in the largest venues around the world, but last night a small Somerset pub played host to the band.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announce split

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have split after nearly 11 years of marriage, they have announced.

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have separated, the actress has announced. Credit: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/Johannes Eisele

The online post was entitled "Conscious Uncoupling" but due to high volumes of traffic, the website was initially unavailable.

Read more: 'Conscious uncoupling' explained

The statement reads: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate."

"We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.

"We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.

"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

"We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

The couple, who married in 2003, have two children together, daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin 'honoured' to perform

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'It was one of the biggest nights of our lives,' Coldplay's frontman said Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coldplay frontman Chris Martinsaid: "Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympicathletes in London is such a great honour for us.

"It was one of the biggest nights of our lives and we were excited to try to create a performance for the last night of the games that closed London 2012 in style."

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