NEW YORK – Shakespeare in love has got nothing on Gwyneth and Chris.
In exclusive photos, to be published in next week's People magazine (search), the usually stone-faced Coldplay (search) frontman drops his guard to reveal himself as an over-the-moon dad-to-be, gently patting and then playfully nuzzling his new wife's tummy in tenderness.
Like many expectant fathers, Martin apparently can't wait to hear the pitter patter of little feet around the house - a notion that sent gleeful "Shakespeare in Love" (search) star Paltrow into giggles.
The celebs, bursting with baby joy, publicly smooched and lovingly caressed the day after announcing to the world they were expecting their first child next summer.
They exited the clinic in each other's arms.
The 26-year-old Martin then immediately began acting like a doting and protective daddy to his unborn child and wife, hugging Paltrow closely to him as he caressed her stomach.
In one particularly touching burst of enthusiasm, Martin actually bent down and kissed Paltrow's stomach, while she stood nearly doubled over in laughter.
The pair eventually plopped themselves down on a cement bench to pore over what appeared to be ultrasound photos of their baby, before Martin bent over to kiss her stomach again, as Gwyneth gently cradled his head.
The People magazine photos were taken a day before the pair eloped in a tiny ceremony in a California hotel suite, sources said.