Will VF reveal Gwyneth Paltrow’s alleged affair with billionaire Jeffrey Soffer?


Months ago, Page Six and other outlets claimed that Vanity Fair was working on a torrid exposé of Gwyneth Paltrow. At the time, many assumed the article was supposed to be about Gwyneth’s loose association with the truth and her weird Goop empire. Gwyneth “ordered” her friends not to talk to VF in an email that was probably supposed to be kept private. She seemed to shade VF pretty hard, like appearing in VF was so beneath her (but not People Mag, I guess). Well, Graydon Carter (the editor in chief of VF) had some words about Goop several days ago:

The on-going feud between Vanity Fair and Gwyneth Paltrow is about to explode after editor-in-chief Graydon Carter declared the magazine will still run a piece on the actress despite her attempts to block it.

“We started a story on her,” editor-in-chief Graydon Carter told The Times in London. “We have a very good writer and it’ll run.”

Carter’s admission comes five months after Page Six reported that the 40-year-old star was feuding with the mag. The actress had written an email to her famous friends in which she asked that they not speak to the magazine if contacted about her. (Paltrow, who’s not averse to a little publicity, must be really worried about the story’s contents.)

“Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine,” Paltrow reportedly wrote. “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again.”

Carter defended his magazine. “We wouldn’t be doing our job if there wasn’t a little bit of tension between Vanity Fair and its subjects,” he said. “In any given week, I can expect to hear from a disgruntled subject in Hollywood, Washington, or on Wall Street. That’s the nature of the beast.”

He also told London’s Times that he felt more compelled to run the Paltrow piece after her alleged email went public. “Well, she sort of forced my hand,” he explained.

“Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them,” he said. “But it doesn’t really exist anymore in LA unless they stay in.”

[From Page Six]

It’s like the Julian Assange/Fifth Estate thing – this is PR 101. If Gwyneth didn’t want VF to do an article about her, she was going about it in the most half-assed, attention-seeking way possible. People keep bringing up the “exposé” VF did on Brad Pitt and World War Z – when Brad saw the writing on the wall (that VF was going to do a story, and more importantly that he couldn’t hide the behind-the-scenes drama), his people worked with VF to buffer the story and massage the truth, and in the end, the VF piece didn’t make Brad look very bad at all. Brad didn’t send out bitchy emails to all of his friends. He handled it like a professional.

But until we actually get the Gwyneth story, all of us in the cheap seats are having fun wondering aloud what secrets VF will expose. A few weeks ago, Star Mag had a funny story about what VF “might” write about – go here to see. And now Page Six is Goop gossiping too:

What exactly is Gwyneth Paltrow afraid of from Vanity Fair? Sources exclusively tell Page Six the glossy magazine might be digging deep into her “friendship” with handsome Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer.

We first revealed back in June that Gwynnie had warned friends not to talk to Vanity Fair, which is working on a story about her. She e-mailed pals, “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline.” VF editor in chief Graydon Carter this week told The Times of London, “We have a very good writer and it’ll run.”

Now we’re told that researchers on the story by top VF writer Vanessa Grigoriadis have been asking Miami society sources questions about Paltrow and Soffer, who is considered Miami royalty, owns the lavish Fontainebleau Hotel and recently married Elle Macpherson.

One said, “Vanity Fair is asking if Gwyneth had an affair with Jeff back in 2008 when he reopened the Fontainebleau. He flew her in for the party, and she stayed at his house.” Paltrow has been married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin since 2003. They have two kids, Moses and Apple.

Paltrow — who wore a revealing little white dress to the resort’s reopening — sparked speculation about her relationship with Soffer after she attended a Victoria’s Secret party there and “remained closed off in a private section with Soffer,” The Post reported at the time.

Soffer reportedly gave Paltrow a private tour of the hotel, whisking her away in his Bentley, and the following day, she joined him on his yacht with Kate Hudson.

The Post also reported at the time that Martin and Paltrow had been on the rocks for months. Her rep explained back then, “Jeff Soffer is a friend of Gwyneth.” Neither Paltrow’s nor Soffer’s reps got back to Page Six on Thursday.

Other juicy VF topics could be Gwyneth’s epic falling out with ex-best friend Madonna, her Goop transformation and her casting-couch experiences. She told Elle, “When I was starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked.”

[From Page Six]

I remember the Jeffrey Soffer gossip surprisingly well. It was around that time that Chris and Gwyneth seemed really rocky and like their marriage wouldn’t last through the year. Chris and Gwyneth were barely in the same country together that year, and it was very noteworthy when Gwyneth went down to peasanty Florida to spend a lot of “private time” with a billionaire. Some people even thought Soffer would end up as Goop’s jumpoff from Chris. But is this really the biggest scandal they could dig up about Goop? An alleged affair she had five years ago? Meh.



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  1. Mar says:

    I live in Aventura, the first town that the Soffer’s built and I believe still reside. He is a total player so I believe this.

    • Lala says:

      Please. They put JayZ on the cover and kiss his butt, but are going to reveal that Gwyneth had extramarital sex as a shake-down? If Vanity Fair played that double standard game I’d boycott, and I LOVE Vanity Fair. And we ALL know about Chris Martin’s unfaithfuls (plural).

  2. Erinn says:

    Nothing against Goop other than her usual offensive Goopyness – but I kind of hope they go through with it.

    So much of the mainstream media treats celebrities with kid gloves and just write fluff pieces to keep them happy. It’d be nice to see someone writing things that actually went down in the mainstream magazines and such.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah but VF was the king of treating its celebrity interviews as such puff pieces. It used to drive me crazy because most of their other stuff was much harder hitting.

      I stopped reading it a while ago (although I did read the B Pitt WWZ piece and found it pretty tame) so maybe their approach to celebs has changed.

      • LAK says:

        I have kept up my subscription because of their other articles. Haven’t read any celebrity pieces for years.

        I think the Tom Cruise/co$ piece was interesting because they’ve spent decades writing sycophantic, fluff about a swell, upstanding guy TC is and burnishing his halo.

        I didn’t think the Brad Pitt piece was a hit on him as opposed to the heinous business of producing a film and WWZ in particular.

        I felt that it was written to counter the negative gossip in the media about the difficult production, spiralling costs and catfights amongst producers/directors.

    • Drea says:

      It would be even nicer if Vanity Fair was as invested in writing exposes about the abusive behavior people like Terry Richardson & Sean Penn are alleged to have engaged in as they are in gossiping about who Goop was allegedly banging.

  3. eliza says:

    Well to be fair, Paltrow paints herself as a happily married woman with a perfect life that should be aspirational to all of us lesser beings, so if VF has the goods on her little affair, good for them.

    • Algernon says:

      I don’t think she does, though. She hasn’t come out and named names and dates, but over the last couple years she’s been more open about admitting that her marriage isn’t perfect and alluding to a pretty serious rough patch (the time in question which Kaiser mentions). It seems more like they hit the skids and managed to come out of it, and look more cohesive and strong now than they ever have before.

      Which kind of makes me wonder, could her strategy be to let VF do the hit piece, since she can’t stop it anyway, and then go to another outlet and tell her side of the story? If VF exposes an affair, say, she goes to Vogue and does a cover feature where she talks about it, admits it happened but that they managed to overcome it. I can almost see it. She’d make it all about their children and family and sticking to a commitment, and the mom brigade would probably love her for it.

      • MissCherokee says:

        Go to Vogue?! Yeah, I am sure Anna W. will let her after Gwynie publicly trashed her party – the Met Costume Ball.

        Also, Aerin Lauder ain’t no fan of Gwynie’s either…the chick as some enemies…especially in NYC guess that might be one of the reasons she moved to LA…

    • JJ says:

      I think she is always quite frank about her marriage not being easy or perfect.

      Anyway, if an alleged old affair is all VF comes up with it, is more than lame, and the more this stupid cat fight goes on the more I think VF is nothing but a lame and low brow gossip rag trying to boost magazine sales. And maybe Goop is in on the fake feud as well to get some PR for her business.

  4. Hautie says:

    Now since it is all speculation at this point… I speculate that the affair could be current.

    And if it is. Gwyneth better run.

    Elle Macpherson will not let her billionaire shame her like that in public. Without a little pay back. It took her decades to find one that would marry her. And she is not about to let this blow up in her face.


  5. aims says:

    I can’t wait for this article to come out!! This ladies and gentlemen is what I call Karma. When you act like your shit doesn’t stink, someone will uncover a huge pile. Oh, I’m getting a sick thrill out of this.

  6. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Considering how desperate she seems these days, I’m suggesting that she leaked the email herself, to drum up interest in the VF story, and if it has “dirty secrets” in it, she wants them out, for attention. Rimes-level attention grabbing, but in true paltrow style, trying to make it all seem upscale. VANITY FAIR, not IN STYLE! See how glamourous and highbrow guys?!

    Mark my words, she will be “shocked, and devastated” by the piece, get papped a bunch, and when the story starts dying down, she’ll swoop in with a bunch of “personal” interviews about how it was all so hard and unfair.

  7. LAK says:

    Gossiping is really bad, BUT i am really looking forward to the promised dish on GOOP.

    Mind you, i doubt VF will put all the scandalous gossip out there. It’ll probably soft pedal like the Tom Cruise/Co$ bridal auditions article.

  8. MeowuiRose says:

    Her skin and straw hair look terrible. She used to be gorgeous but now she just looks tired and worn out.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Why do older people think that white blonde is the color they should dye their hair? As they age that color does them no favors. I’m saying “people” instead of “women” because David Lee Roth is a victim of this mentality as well. That hair color just washes them out and makes them look older, I think. A darker blonde would be better.

  9. EmmaV1 says:

    I find it funny that everyone was slamming Vanity Fair as having gone downhill with dead celebrities and boring pieces but suddenly now because they’re attacking Gwyneth, it’s all, “Go Vanity Fair, you rule”

  10. kim says:

    oh.oh….goop,u are in trouble!!! now,lainey…depend goop!

  11. DD says:

    I think the secret is that she got drunk on rare hand made tequila and humped Mario Batali on her custom outdoor one of a kind pizza oven. She got an STD from domestic cheese.

  12. break says:

    I bet that the article will be a dud. Maybe it won’t be a fluff piece, but I’d be really surprised if it’s critical, in any real sense of the word. Vanity Fair is in bed with Hollywood and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that.

  13. Maria says:

    “his people worked with VF to buffer the story and massage the truth”

    thats the other side of the business. when a magazines threatens a celeb they have to give in. if they give in they get a nice story out of it (even if something really bad happened) and if they dont it will be very bad (even if nothing bad happend). thats not journalism. thats blackmail.

  14. Christin says:

    And I thought they must have a photo of her eating a cheeseburger. It will be interesting to see if this is anything of substance or just hype.

  15. Celeste says:

    “Stay in” vs “step out”?
    Gwenyth has made herself very unlikeable with her holier than thou attitude.

  16. LadySlippers says:

    I wonder if Gwen wasn’t trying to ‘soften the blow’ when she confessed that infidelity shouldn’t ruin a marriage. Can’t remember the full quote but it caused quite a few eyebrows to raise….

  17. paola says:

    I honestly can’t imagine why somebody would want to have an affair with Gwuneth Paltrow. She seems so boring and stuck up, with her head far up her own a$$. Thia strucks me the most, a billionaire wanting Gwuneth Paltrow..I mean.. why??

  18. DenG says:

    Off the subject, I guess, but I have to laugh at her crappy hair. These wealthy / healthy (b.s.) women with dry, bleached, straightened, ironed, tortured hair are bizarre. Aint’ fooling anyone. My grandma has better hair.

  19. Aud says:

    I can’t wait.
    The quasi wholesome/virginal ‘brand’ of Goop and the ideology of Goopism is about to crumble.
    If Jeff Soffer is going to be in the story too, it’ll get even juicier considering he has has recently tied the knot with Elle McPherson. Not that I think Elle would give a crap. She is as superficial as they come.

  20. poppy says:

    IMO, this is the massaged version. her stylist works for VF, she’s been on the cover, goes to the party when she goes to the oscars, etc. she needs all the PR she can get. if it goes against her “character” all the better. she needs to look less one dimensional. she’s as exciting as cardboard (organic extra virgin) and most people think of her as the polar opposite of sexy. VF needs a jolt as well.

    did she sleep with this guy? probably -under the justification her husband did/does the same, even make out with a junior look-a-like in public. maybe madonna was after him. who knows why.

    i still think she’s been fooling around with luke janklow -during his marriage and after his divorce. he looks a lot like her dad.

    she seems the needy, insecure type that would sleep with anyone willing to pay attention to her, as long as they are rich and powerful. she would definitely seek someone out of the business, someone that doesn’t slavishly believe they are the center of the universe in the typical actor way.

    i shudder thinking of having to touch her brittle hair and listen to her grating nasal voice before/during/after sex.

  21. truthful says:

    Wow!! This is the first I am hearing about Goop creeping!!!

    She looks soo dry..everything skin,hair and eyeballs.

    –goes to look this billionaire up and see how good looking he is.

  22. sweetpea says:

    I believe that VF and Goop are working together to drum up press so this will be a big selling issue. And the Soffer leak, you are right, its five years old, who cares..Both VF and Gwyneth will get a ton of press from this.

  23. bowers says:

    All a big publicity stunt for her? In cahoots with VF?

  24. Jackson says:

    Hate to say it, but I think this article is going to be a dud. It’s probably just going to be a collection of all the prissy little tidbits we already know about GP, just strung together in one big ho-hum article. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

    • pwal says:

      I agree. Given that there was all of those articles about how much HW hates Gwyneth last summer, it was inevitable that VF would do an article.

      Whenever there’s a hint of blood in the water, here comes VF with a ‘writer’ who basically piles up all of the rumors that floated around about said celeb and it’s presented as an expose.

      I don’t care for Paltrow, therefore it is lesser than likely that I will care about the article, but it just bugs me that VF continues to get shine for recapping tabloid rumors. Prove them definitively and then maybe the press will be warranted.

  25. Kiddo says:

    I don’t care enough about Goopy that any of this would make a difference to me, but I think that top outfit would make a great costume for Star Trek. It’s formal space-agey wear.

  26. Mandy says:

    I love that last picture of her at her book signing. It makes me laugh every single time.

  27. janie says:

    I don’t care what they have to say about her, who cares? What goes around, comes around?

  28. Ag says:

    I stopped buying VF when they made Bieber a guest editor, but I would totally buy this issue for some Goop schadenfreude.

  29. Bridget says:

    After all this, VF better come up with the goods. Because an old affair (even if its ongoing) with some rich dude isn’t exactly the real dirt.

  30. idsmith says:

    I would read the VF article for sure. But I don’t care about her alleged affairs, I want to know about the fallout with Madonna. That sounds juicy! Especially if Madonna contributes as an anonymous source.

  31. Tiffany says:

    I think she did have an affair…and then threw it in her husband’s face. Something along the lines of her bagging a billionaire so he better get in line. She always struck me as someone who is looking to upgrade. Dollars to donuts if this guy or that Spanish prince came a calling she would drop her husband in a heartbeat.

  32. VilodeMenus says:

    Yet, her supposed bestie J-Z did the magazine after her email. I don’t think she’s going to get the co-operation from her “friends” she’d thought she’d get. How bad the article is going to be depends on how shady she’s been living her life. You can’t crow about being happily married when you are both having affairs and staying together for the kids. If you are going to depend on being in the public eye for wealth and privileged expect the covers to be lifted off and the curtains pulled back every once in a while for a reality check.

  33. mar says:

    I hope they talk about how she betrayed Winona and her a Madonna’s fight.

  34. ojulia123 says:

    It’s been a long time since I bought a VF, but I would buy this one and read it SO HARD.

  35. Deana says:

    If your ego is that big that even Madonna can’t stand you anymore….and she has a pretty sizable one herself-THATS BAD!

  36. Snowpea says:

    I don’t buy this story one little bit. If GC really WAS doing a hackjob on GP then what are the chances he’d have the cooperation of any Alisters for indepth articles in future?

    Pfffft. Like he’s gunna take that chance.

    So, it all feels like a setup to me. How much interest is being generated by the buzz on this supposed expose on Miss Ice Queen?

    Even people (like myself) who would NEVER buy VF are saying “Ooooh can’t wait to get my copy!” and that translates into megabucks for VF, renewed interest by advertisers and VF having perhaps the biggest selling edition ever.

    I reckon these two are in on it together.

    It’s no secret that magazine circulation is way down on what it was even five years ago as blogs have taken over where they left off. Blogs have the autonomy to write whatever they damn well please and this is the new paradigm.

    Readers just aren’t interested in the fluffpieces written by People (or Who in Australia) anymore. The only people I see buying mags (in Australia anyway) are old ladies who still want to read about Kate and Wills and the new baby prince.

    Younger people are media savvy and sophisticated enough to be bored by the tedious press releases sent out by the stars’ publicists.

    I feel like this is a master stroke by GC at cranking up his magazine’s circulation to what it was in its heyday. And there is NO WAY on God’s earth that GP wasn’t an accomplice to it.

    • Carolyn says:

      Totally agree. I’m Australian and have cancelled my Who subscription because of the endless articles taken from PR pieces with no questions asked and too much Kardashian.

      There are very few celebrities who are genuinely interesting and give good articles. Most are a yawn-fest. Goop fits into the second category.

  37. Chy says:

    The real thing is, that: she’s pretentious and snobbish. She loves show her perfect life, she’s congratulating herself, every time, she says she’s perfect actress, perfect mom, perfect wife, perfect woman, perfect cooker. Simply pretentious.

  38. Dorothy says:

    She is the most awful woman I have ever known and hurt more people than you could ever count. I think almost everyone is great, but Gwyneth is not by any means. She deserves the truth to come out, and however much does…well, there is still more. I do pity the kids and Chris’s family but they are already so unhappy with her being so public, man I hope they come out okay. If Chris mans up, I think they will be. Otherwise I and others are really truly afraid for what this is going to do after all her TMI already horrified and upset them.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      Please Dorothy! More detail! What are the top five worst things?

    • frivolity says:

      Do tell!

      It is clear that this woman is a classic narcissist with no regard for anyone but herself. She may even be a sociopath. It is also clear that she has had an eating disorder for as long as we have all known of her. But still, it would be interesting to have more specific details, and it would be nice for her to have some comeuppance. I do feel bad for her children. It must be awful to be raised by such a self-serving, superficial tw@t. As for Chris Martin, I have no idea what to think. Just a very weak man?

  39. Simone says:

    Oh please. Gwyneth is loving all this. She wants to be linked to a billionaire in the press because it makes her look glamorous. She sees herself as a Grace Kelly of our generation. The Brad Pitt piece was not even bad. Gwyneth expects everyone to kiss her behind. That’s what she’s used to with these mags.

  40. Evelyn Apricots says:

    More Dorothy, more! Tell us more.

  41. buddy says:

    All I know is if they print she bonked Jeremy Northam while filming Emma I’ll pout forever.

  42. Moi says:

    Is Gwyneth supposed to paint her marriage as awful, no. Is it anyone’s business, no. She comes from old money, that’s how she was raised. There’s nothing I’ve read so far that’s supposed to come about in this VF article that’s going to make me think “OMG I fkn hate her”. Everyone’s argument- “She’s pretentious, She’s out of touch, She thinks she’s better than everyone”. That sucks that you feel that way. My curiosity/amusement is why it means so much to some. Why it means so much to some that she will fail. That she will fall from grace. Is it really that important to your life? I hope not. I don’t come from money, I work my ass off. Yet, I have never found GP to be offensive. If anything, watching her interviews makes me like her. Can I afford the items she advertises on GOOP? Not so much. But her recipes aren’t bad and she’s had a few posts on GOOP that are great. That have nothing to do with advertising. Eh whatever, haters to the left.

    • taxi says:

      I agree. I don’t see her as any more pretentious than a lot of my former schoolmates or people I see where I live. I don’t know her, as Dorothy claims to, but I liked her tv show with Battali and appreciate that she speaks a second language pretty well. That’s more than we can say for lots of other celebs, some of whom appear to struggle with their first languages.

      GaGa, Bieber, JLo, Aniston, Kim, Khlowee, PMK, AnnE, Beyonce, Kanye, Puffy or whatever he calls himself now, Madonna, & Kate Bosworth musing in early interviews about how her family is “American royalty,” are pretentious & offensive. Paltrow isn’t the worst by a long shot. Nicole Ritchie’s recent promo spread on how she decorated her house & entertains her girlfriends for lunch at home was pretty pretentious.

      Yes, it’s a gossip site & we all get to bitch but Paltrow doesn’t offend me nearly as much as a lot of the others do. Most of us see ads & read articles about things we can’t afford to buy. So what? That advertising, folks.

      Mylie’s visible labia on stage & Pattinson’s recent on camera jerk-off take the prizes lately for truly disgusting offensive behavior. Next to those, I find it hard to get very worked up about what Gwyneth does.

    • zut alors! says:

      “She comes from old money, that’s how she was raised.”

      Gwyneth does NOT come from old money…she likes to act WASPy but she is not. Someone once made a very witty reply to this “old money” assumption right here on Celebitchy about how “new” her money really is. I wish I could remember the thread so I can post it here.

    • Evelyn Apricots says:

      Moi = Gwyneth, Mary Whitmore, or Amanda de Cadenet.

  43. Jenn says:

    I don’t see how she’s ever had sex with anyone, her is head so far up her own a$$, surely it gets in the way.

  44. Renee says:

    Nothing sells more magazines that “leaking” info about trashing an A lister, especially one so disliked by a great segment of the public. Or as Goop would say, THE PEASANTS.

  45. Itwillrain says:

    A couple of sites are reporting that the falling out w Madonna was because she went after Guy Ritchie and succeeded. In addition, people are speculating this is retribution for pissing off Anna Wintour (when Gwyneth trashed the Met Ball and said she would “never go again”). Sounds plausible.

  46. Matt says:

    #33 = What do you say?
    Whinona is great actress, better than this paltry!