Chris Martin: my wife Gwyneth Paltrow is my "beard"
The Coldplay front-man - who has long been reluctant to talk about his relationship with the Oscar-winning actress, with who he has children Apple, seven and Moses, five - admitted he does not like to discuss Gwyneth while on `The Ellen DeGeneres Show` but joked he is secretly gay and uses her as his "beard", a term used where a woman pretends to be married to a man because he is hiding his sexuality.
Ellen said: "You have had a great relationship and two precious kids.
And we love Gwyneth. She`s been here many times," to which British-born Chris responded: "She`s been a great beard for me now, for 10 years."
Ellen added: "Is that right? It`s not really a real relationship?" and Chris responded: "Yes, it`s hard to believe."
Chris - who lives in London with Gwyneth - recently admitted he felt like he had won the lottery when he got with his now-wife.
He said: "It`s a big leap? What, from being a loser to going out with an Oscar winner? It`s a giant leap. Let`s face it, it`s like winning the lottery."