They may be happily married with two kids, but Chris Martin says he is still trying to live up to Gwyneth Paltrow’s ex!

The Coldplay front man even told Rolling Stone magazine that her two-and-a-half-year relationship with Brad Pitt is what drives him to make his band ever more successful.

"You’ve got to be hungry," he told the rock bible. "If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?"

Brad and Gwyn, 35, started dating in 1995 after they met on the set of the thriller Seven and got engaged in November 1996.

But although Brad, 44, had said it had been "love at first sight" the couple split in June 1997.

A lot has happened in the decade since they broke up — but for some reason Chris, 31, still can’t get his wife’s love affair with one of the world’s sexiest and most successful movie stars out of his head.

His latest effort to impress the mother of his children, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, is set for its US release on 17 June.

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