Martin went on to explain that he didn't want to be afraid of living.
"What changed for me was, I didn't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure," he told BBC Radio 1.
"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 — I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes."
The musician, 37, doesn't directly address his marriage, but hints at it in the interview while talking about the new album. (Interestingly, the cover art features a pair of wings that resembles the shape of a broken heart.)
"Up to a certain point in my life, I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems. If you don't let love in, then you can't really give it back," Martin said. "So what 'Ghost Story' means to me is, like, you've got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point."
This is a great way to market a new album if you have surgically removed your heart and replaced it with a robot that doesn't care about hurt feelings or hydrostatic pressure or being lonely. But Martin isn't doing himself any favors.
When you cannot say what you mean--she was crazy, I cheated on her, the lack of knob polishing hurt me, I found this one chick who did the things she wouldn't do, she found a guy with old balls who didn't ask her for much--you are fooling yourself. How that dovetails with marketing music is something the accountants are going to have to work on. But don't go out in public on the eve of the release of your new album and say "If you don't let love in, then you can't really give it back" and not give Paul McCartney credit for "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
I guess this proves that Martin can't even get through a deeply personal confession without stealing someone else's idea...