Beyoncé Told Chris Martin His Song Was ‘Awful’ and He Lived to Tell the Tale

If the Queen tells you to shut it down, you better go on and shut it down.

Chris Martin is frank about Beyoncé‘s straight-up denial of a song that he wrote in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The Coldplay singer tells the magazine that he presented a song called “Hook Up” to his Super Bowl companion she responded by rejecting it “in the sweetest possible way”.

Martin recalls, “[Beyoncé] told me, ‘I really like you – but this is awful.'”

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Martin also revealed that his kids keep him young by teaching how to Whip/Nae Nae. “I’m not sure if I can whip, but I can nae nae with the best of them,” he says.

As for his relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow, his consciously uncoupled ex-spouse, Martin says it’s all love.”I have a very wonderful separation-divorce,” he says. “It’s a divorce – but it’s a weird one. I don’t think about that word [divorce] very often. I don’t see it that way. I see it as more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through.”

Martin’s issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands on Friday, February 12. Read more clips from his interview here, and launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos from the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.