Coldplay frontman Chris Martin remained tight-lipped last night about rumours that actress Gwyneth Paltrow had dumped him.
The singer, who was at the NME Awards to receive the Album of the Year gong, said: “I don’t want to comment,” when asked if reports of their break-up were true.
When pressed, he said: “I’ve never even met her,” and then joked that he was actually going out with movie star Julia Roberts.
The couple had been an item for several months after meeting backstage at a Coldplay gig.
They were reported to have spent Christmas together and were even spotted at a pantomime last month near Martin’s family home in Devon.
But The New York Post said Oscar winner Paltrow broke off the romance as Martin started his North America tour with the band.
It said Paltrow had told friends all along that the Briton was just an “in between” lover, helping her get over the recent death of her father and the shock of ex-fiance Ben Affleck’s engagement to Jennifer Lopez.
Coldplay and Oasis shared the honours at the NME Awards when they scooped two top prizes each.
Oasis beat them in a head-to-head battle to scoop Artist of the Year and Best UK Band.
Meanwhile Coldplay won Best Album for A Rush Of Blood To The Head. It was also named Album of the Year by NME writers.
Martin was voted Sexiest Man, while Liam Gallagher won a prize for Best Haircut.
Things went from bad to worse for Robbie Williams as he was named Villain of the Year – beating even Osama Bin Laden.
The star was reportedly nursing a broken heart after being dumped by girlfriend Rachel Hunter.
And there was more bad news today as he picked up three NME gongs – Villain of the Year, Worst Album for Escapology and Worst Single for Feel.
He proved more unpopular with NME readers than Bin Laden, George Bush, Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Tony Blair.
Avril Lavigne was named Sexiest Woman, Ozzy Osbourne was Hero of the Year, The Osbournes was voted Best TV Show and 24 Hour Party People won Best Film.
Doves picked up NME Single of the Year while Ryan Adams was voted Best Solo Artist.
Legendary punk rockers The Clash, whose frontman Joe Strummer died in December, were awarded the prestigious God Like Genius award for their contribution to music.
It was presented to them by Kate Moss, on one of her first nights out since the birth of baby Lila.
Moss, who wore a black and white striped strapless dress, arrived with the remaining members of the Clash at the ceremony at the Po Na Na Hammersmith Palais in west London.
Band frontman Joe Strummer died in December and his band mates dedicated the award to him.
Band member Mick Jones said: “He was a man of integrity and an inspiration to us all and we all miss him.”
Fellow band member Paul Simonon added: “This is for Joe. In the spirit of Joe and in the spirit of the Clash we say, ’Don’t Bomb Iraq’ and ’We’ll see you on the march’.”
Noel Gallagher was there with Oasis band mate Gem Archer but brother Liam failed to show. Gallagher ended the ceremony with an acoustic version of Wonderwall.
The full NME Carling Award 2003 winners were:
Best Band: The Libertines.
Best Live Band: The Datsuns.
Best Solo Artist: Ryan Adams.
Album of the Year: Coldplay for A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
Best UK Band: Oasis.
The F*** Me! Award for Innovation: Polyphonic Spree.
Best Video: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Whatever Happened to my Rock ’n’ Roll.
Best Radio Show: Steve Lamacq.
Best Single: The Vines – Get Free.
Single of the Year: Doves – There Goes The Fear.
Best International Band: The Hives.
Best LP: Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
Artist of the Year: Oasis.
Godlike Genius: The Clash.
Awards not presented on the night were:
Hot New Band: Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Best TV Show: The Osbournes.
Best Film: 24 Hour Party People.
Most Sexy Man: Chris Martin.
Most Sexy Woman: Avril Lavigne.
Villain of the Year: Robbie Williams.
Hero of the Year: Ozzy Osbourne.
Best Live Venue: London Astoria.
Best Haircut: Liam Gallagher.
Best Dressed: The Hives.
Worst Album: Robbie Williams – Escapology.
Worst Single: Robbie Williams – Feel.
Worst Band: Nickelback.
Worst Haircut: Jack Osbourne.
Worst Dressed: Christina Aguilera.
Best Event: Carling Reading/Leeds Festival.