Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson have split up. They dated for 18 months and ended their relationship last month.
Martin has told friends he is single again after his relationship with Johnson ended last month. Earlier this year Martin bought a £4.25 million Malibu beach house to share with Dakota.
A friend said, “Chris and Dakota were very easygoing and always seemed really happy together. There was talk of engagement but now he says they have gone their separate ways, which has come as a real surprise to everyone.”
However, there were some signs that the relationship may have been under stress.
In March, Martin named Dakota in a restraining order taken out by Chris against a stalker who kept turning up at their mansion. Chris said he was fearful for the safety of himself, Dakota and his two children.
Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s dynamics
Chris Martin split from Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014. However, the two are still close, with Martin even accompanying Paltrow on her recent honeymoon. The two share 2 kids Apple, 15, and Moses, 13. In April, Gwyneth cuddled up to Dakota at a dinner to celebrate US TV host Derek Blasberg’s birthday.
Sitting next to Gwyneth, Derek posted the snap online. He captioned it, “Consciously throupling.”
Chris later dated Jennifer Lawrence and Annabelle Wallis.
A source told The Sun that friends of the couple were surprised by the breakup.
Martin’s unorthodox relationship with his ex-wife could be a source of insecurity for his new partners. He joined Paltrow on her honeymoon with Brad Falchuk after the couple wed in January.
Kids vs. No kids
However, the real reason behind Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin’s break-up has reportedly been revealed. A close friend of the couple told the Sunday Express that the pair ‘couldn’t be further apart’ when it came to the topic of having children.
The friend added, “It got to the point, last month, where a light seemed to flick on in both their heads. They realized they were pulling in completely opposite directions – so they decided to call it a day.”
Martin hoped that he and the actress would settle down and start a family at the beach house in Malibu.
However, his plans were repressed when a career-driven Dakota was insistent that it wasn’t on the agenda. She was ‘nowhere near ready for that’.
Dakota’s parents are Hollywood stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. They insisted that her career came first for at least ‘several years’ before kids came along.
In April, a source also told People, “Chris lives in Malibu and Dakota seems to love hanging out there. They occasionally go for dinner with friends, but mostly have friends over at home. The couple goes to the beach together and walks around the neighborhood. They seem to enjoy sharing a quiet life. It does seem they are getting more serious.”
People also previously reported that Dakota spent Thanksgiving with Martin and ex-wife Gwyneth and their kids Apple and Moses.
Dakota Johnson’s movie Fifty Shades Freed released last year.