Richard Ashcroft feels like heâ€™s â€˜marriedâ€™ to Chris Martin after the pairâ€™s duet at Live 8.
The Coldplay singer called the former Verve frontman â€œthe best singer in the worldâ€ at the global event last summer â€“ and Ashcroft has found the accolade a mixed blessing.
He says, â€œItâ€™s a gift and a curse. Itâ€™s a gift to be given an opportunity to communicate to billions of people. The curse comes when, for the rest of your life, youâ€™re going to be talking about it.â€
Now Ashcroft feels as close to Martin - who he is about to tour America with - as man and wife.
He laughs, â€œI did say to him on the day, â€˜Do you realise how linked we are now? Do you understand the nature of this? I hope youâ€™re comfortable because you might as well be married to me.â€™â€