Chris Martin has been seen for the first time since it was reported he had split from actress Dakota Johnson.
The Coldplay front man, 42, looked downcast as he headed on a low-key bike ride around Malibu on Friday, following claims his romance with the Fifty Shades of Grey star was over after two years of dating.
A source close to Chris claimed that news of the couple’s split came as a huge shock to friends, as they had been discussing getting engaged just weeks earlier.
Downcast: Chris Martin, 42, has been seen for the first time since it was reported he had split from actress Dakota Johnson, 29, as he headed out on a bike ride in Malibu on Friday
Chris – who split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014 – cut a casual figure as he rode down the street with a friend.
Speaking of the split, a source close to Chris told The Sun: ‘There was talk of engagement but now he says they have gone their separate ways, which has come as a real surprise to everyone.’
Further detailing the shock of the split, the source continued: ‘Chris and Dakota were very easygoing and always seemed really happy together.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Chris and Dakota for further comment.
Splits: The afternoon outing comes amid reports he split with Dakota after nearly two years of dating, and seven months after they were last seen together (Chris above in 2015 and Dakota in 2019)
Staying in shape: The Coldplay front man showed off his toned arms in a grey tee as he peddled around the tony seaside town of Los Angeles with a friend
Single again: Chris – who split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014 – cut a downcast figure as he rode through the LA sunshine
Chris and Dakota were last seen together in public back in November of last year.
The pair first fuelled rumours when they were dating when they were spotted on a sushi date in mid-October 2017, People reports.
Back 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.
Surprise: ‘There was talk of engagement but now he says they have gone their separate ways, which has come as a real surprise to everyone’
Last spotted: Chris and Dakota were last seen together in public back in November of last year
‘They go to the beach together, and walks around the neighbourhood. They seem to enjoy sharing a quiet life.
‘It does seem they are getting more serious,’ it was concluded.
The notoriously private former couple were tight-lipped over their romance, with Dakota simply telling Tatler magazine previously that she is ‘very happy’ while refusing to discuss her relationship further.
‘Gone their separate ways’: The Coldplay rocker is said to have told his pals he’s single again following the demise of his relationship with the American actress last month
In December there were talks of the pair getting engaged soon as a source told US Weekly at the time: ‘Chris is head over heels.’
People also previously reported that Dakota spent Thanksgiving with Martin and ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow plus their kids Apple, 14, and Moses, 12.
Proving that they were very much friendly, Paltrow and Johnson were also pictured at dinner together in late April in a photo fashion editor Derek Blasberg shared to Instagram.
Ex-wife: Martin was previously wed to actress Gwyneth Paltrow were for ten years before deciding to part ways in March 2014
Before Chris, Dakota had been on and off again with model-musician Matthew Hitt for years and were last seen together in 2016.
Prior to Johnson, Martin was linked to British actress Annabelle Wallis.
Wallis and Martin began dating in 2015, and she was even spotted accompanying him on tour with his band.
‘Unconsciously throupling’: Proving that they were very much friendly, Paltrow and Johnson were pictured at dinner together in April alongside fashion editor Derek Blasberg
Martin and Gwyneth were married for ten years before deciding to part ways in March 2014.
However, they left fans scratching their heads when they used the phrase ‘consciously uncoupling’ to describe the demise of their marriage after ten years.
Gwyneth is now married to Brad Falchuck. They wed in a stunning ceremony in September of last year.
Interesting: Chris and Gwyneth, who are parents to Apple, 14, and Moses, 12, left fans scratching their heads when they used the phrase ‘consciously uncoupling’ to describe their split