Chris Martin: ‘Everyone in Their Life Goes Through Challenges’

04/26/2014 at 08:35 PM EDT

In his first interview since announcing his split with Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin is speaking candidly about dealing with tough times.

“Everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it’s love or money or kids or illness,” Martin says in a preview trailer promoting his sit-down with BBC Radio 1, airing Monday.

While the sneak peek video doesn’t address his 10-year marriage to Paltrow, 41, Martin has clearly faced recent difficulties, revealing in a joint statement with actress announcing their that they had been “working hard for well over a year” on their relationship.

But the 37-year-old frontman for Coldplay, which drops their new album Ghost Stories May 19, managed some lighthearted moments during the interview, as well.

Speaking of another Brit mega-band, Martin admits, “I’m saying One Direction are brilliant, I’m not kidding.”

Martin also recalls a schoolyard rumor, relieved that, unlike troubled pop star Justin Bieber‘s antics, his shenanigans stayed within the confines of his alma mater.

“Poor Justin Bieber,” Martin says, “that would be all over the Internet. But with me, luckily it was just a rumor around school for a couple of days.”

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