Gwyneth Paltrow turned up to support her ex Chris Martin at a star-studded Cannes Lions event — prompting the singer to ask, “Is there anyone in the room that used to be married to me?”
Coldplay frontman Martin joked with Paltrow after bringing up Unilever exec Gail Tifford on stage and asking her to help him perform. “At least someone else understands what I put you through,” he joked with the Cannes Lions exec, referring to Paltrow, who is in Cannes to speak at the festival about Goop.
Paltrow and Martin “consciously uncoupled” in 2014 and have remained close friends.
Martin took a break from a European tour to perform at the MediaLink and iHeartRadio bash at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. He joked to the packed room, “There’s nothing I love more than performing for drunk executives.”
Martin wowed guests at the exclusive get-together, opening with a Prince tribute, “Raspberry Beret,” and ended with David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” He played guitar and piano and sang hits including “When I Ruled the World.”
Will Smith gave guests a surprise, leaping on stage to beat box “Men in Black,” while Martin performed on the piano, but then had to freestyle after forgetting most of the words.
Among the revelers were WPP’s Martin Sorrell, CEO John Wren, IPG’s Michael Roth, Havas CEO Yannick Bolloré, Conde Nast chairman Bob Sauerberg, AT&T’s Lori Lee, Pepsi’s Brad Jakeman, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Adam Bain, Lachlan Murdoch, Ryan Seacrest, Group M boss Irwin Gotlieb, Turner’s David Levy, A+E’s Nancy Dubuc, Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Edward Menicheschi. They mingled with the hosts, MediaLink’s Michael Kassan and Wenda Millard, iHeartRadio’s Bob Pittman and iHeartMedia’s Rich Bressler.
Also there were ESPN’s Ed Erhardt, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, Screenvision’s John Partilla, Goop’s Lisa Gersh and Unilever’s Keith Weed.
Later, upstairs in the hotel’s champagne bar, Smith’s manager Miguel Melendez was begged by guests to ask Smith if he would be the star at next year’s party. Previous performers at the exclusive annual shindig for the ad and tech elite have included Mariah Carey and Elton John.