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Wonder no more how the seemingly idyllic marriage of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin fell apart.

The Coldplay frontman says it was all his fault.

The first insight into issues that lead up to the “conscious uncoupling” of the super-couple have surfaced in Martin’s upcoming interview on BBC Radio.

Taped last week and scheduled to air on BBC on Monday night, the interview was teased in snippets by the public broadcaster.

In his frank chat with radio host Zane Lowe, Martin credits his own personal problems as the reason why his 10-year marriage to Paltrow recently came apart at the seams.

“About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I can’t enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this,” the 38-year-old singer-songwriter told Lowe.

Added Martin: “I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”

Without elaborating on what he might change in his life, Martin stopped short of suggesting that he suffered some form of mental breakdown.

“I wouldn’t use the word ‘breakdown,’ ” he said. “This was more a realization about trying to grow up basically. If you can’t open yourself up, you can’t appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way.”

All of which apparently lead up to some manner of epiphany for Martin.

“What changed for me was – I don’t want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure,” he said.

Although Martin holds off naming (or blaming) his Oscar-winner wife in the hourlong interview, he expounds at length on the general perils of romantic involvement.

“I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way,” he said in the sit-down. “I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it’s love or money, kids or illness. …You have to really not run away from that stuff.”

When pushed on his own relationship shortfalls, Martin allowed that, “Up to a certain point in my life I wasn’t completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. If you don’t let love really in, then you can’t really give it back.”

All of which, rather conveniently enough, segued into a rather slick promotional plug for the upcoming Coldplay album titled Ghost Stories, which drops on May 16.

Said Martin: “So what Ghost Stories means to me is like you’ve got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point.”

And of course, he worked in a plug for the new album’s first single, titled Magic, the silent-movie-themed video for which features Martin as a humble circus magician who rescues an unhappy damsel from a bad relationship.

“It’s just saying ultimately there is magic between two people, no matter what anyone else thinks,” said Martin in the radio interview.

But sometimes that magic simply stops working.

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