Gwyneth Paltrow’s London neighbors think she’s flashy, gauche, nouveau-riche

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Here are some photos of Gwyneth Paltrow at Saturday night’s Goldene Kamera Awards in Germany. Goop actually won an award and everything. She took home a prize for “top female international actress”… which I guess was for Iron Man 3? Sure. Matthew McConaughey took home the international dude prize as well. As for the dress… I don’t have an ID. I like seeing Goop in this color, and I don’t hate the sequins. But the execution of this dress is rather… budget, right? Like, Vanna White would wear a version of this on Wheel of Fortune. Update: the dress is Prada! I should have guessed that from the nipple-darting.

In other Goop-news, you know how Gwyneth is so much better than you and she knows everything there is to know about being rich, about design, about clothes, about diets, about cleanses, and about, well, everything? Well, Gwyneth and Chris might have an ulterior motive for moving to LA last year. They might have moved out of London because… (gasp!)… their neighbors thought they were gauche and nouveau-riche. Apparently, Goop and Chris bought the property adjoining their London mansion, and they spent years renovating and combining the properties to make one gauche mega-mansion and the neighbors were just sick of it:

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are reportedly planning to sell their £7million London mansion after a series of rows with neighbours. The Daily Star reports that some residents are happy to see the couple leave after being annoyed with the extensive building work carried out on the property in Belsize Park, North London.

One resident told the paper: ‘We have had years of their building works. They have taken down trees so they can park their flash cars in the driveway and they put a huge swimming pool in the back garden.’

Another neighbour said: ‘The trouble is that it will probably be a similar sort that moves in and we’ll have this all over again.’

The couple, who have two children Apple, nine, and Moses, seven, bought the home ten years ago from actress Kate Winslet, 38, for £2.5million. They proceeded to buy the property next door for £3.1m and join the two houses together, followed by another home to create a 33-room mansion.

Their restructuring project is believed to have included a garden and play area, three more bedrooms, a gym, a changing room and another bathroom. An insider who is close to Gwyneth and Chris said the couple are looking for a smaller home in Regent’s Park to use as a base in London.

The source said: ‘They decided to sell up as they never spend any time there anymore. It wasn’t a great atmosphere in the street either.’

The couple relocated from London to LA in the summer, so that they could live closer to Gwyneth’s family.

Mail Online has contacted representatives for Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin for comment.

[From The Daily Mail]

On one side, I guess I have to defend Goop – it’s her money and her life, and if she wanted to spend all of that cash renovating her London mega-mansion, so be it. But it does sound like this was just something she did because she was bored – she renovated and went from project to project, filling her time until there was nothing left to do but start all over again on another property.

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Here’s a photo of Goop’s megamansion:

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Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. Tanguerita says:

    this dress makes her fake boobs look very obvious.

  2. gatinha523 says:

    I think she looks good!

  3. Renee says:

    It looks to me as though she’d had surgery on her face. Something looks different…

  4. NerdMomma says:

    Vanna White would have looked a thousand times better in this dress.

  5. Frida_K says:

    There is a specific reason why I dislike Goop. To wit: I am from Goleta, the poorer cousin suburb of Santa Barbara, and I graduated from UCSB. For me, it was a big deal to get accepted into the university and I worked very, very hard and took out loans and all that. To me, a working-class townie, it was really something to be able to go to university.

    She used to give interviews and talk about her brief period at UCSB around that time (she was there about four-five years before me). Apparently, the only reason she got in was because “Uncle Michael [Douglas]” pulled some strings and called on some favors. Then, because it just wasn’t all that fun, she bolted to do cool stuff: “Byeeee, UCSB!!! Hasta la never!!! Whee, I’m Gwynnie and just TOO COOL for this!!!!!!!”

    I used to work ten hour cocktail waitress shifts and some days I was so tired I’d cry as I drove to school. Her flip attitude and complete lack of respect used to piss me off to no end.

    As a local, I can say this much: people like that ruined my home town and no, it’s not something to burn over, true, but neither is it something to forget. She was obnoxious then and she is obnoxious now.

    • Renee says:

      I was in Goleta last weekend attending a sports competition at UCSB (my kid is an athlete) . I love it there! It’s so beautiful… I don’t know how anyone gets any school work done. Anyhow… I don’t see how stupid goop ruined your home town. Yeah she got a free ride in life but most people don’t. You clawed your way through and can always be proud of that.

      • Frida_K says:

        When I was a kid, SB was more of a sleepy beach town. Yes, it did rely on tourism and its resort atmosphere, but there were pockets where the poorer folks could actually live. The nouveau money lived in Montecito and old wealth was in Hope Ranch. As I got older, Brad-n-Jen bought a house there, Oprah got her pad in Montecito, Ahhnold and Maria wanted to purchase but weren’t allowed a helicopter landing pad so they passed, etc. Now, it’s impossible to live there. The rent is incredible and it costs serious money to buy. I’ll never be able to live in my home town, not even in the suburbs. It’s a place where celebrities buy weekend homes and regular people need not apply.

        @Happymom–back in my day, UCSB was the second choice school for wealthy L.A. kids who didn’t have the grades to get into UCS. I’m pretty sure Gwynnie was in this category, because she wouldn’t have gotten into UCSB without Uncle Michael’s help (and this she would say herself in interviews).

    • HappyMom says:

      We took our daughter to look at UCSB last summer-it’s just beautiful up there. I’m actually surprised that Goop didn’t go to USC-so much more her type of place.

      • Reece says:

        Nah, she would have gone to UCLA with her connections. I know the University of Spoiled Children has it’s reputation but UCLA’s film/theatre school is just as much up it’s own a**.
        Interesting that her grades were so crap that they couldn’t buy her way in.

    • taxi says:

      In the ’70s & ’80s, UCSB was the fallback for kids who couldn’t get into UCLA. USC is private, with a different applicant profile and a history of taking “legacies.”

    • Nina W says:

      Hey Frida_k, I’m an SB local! Born there, raised there, graduate of Cleveland, SB Middle School and SBHS and also attended UCSB although I finished my degree at UCD. I have to chime in here on ol’ SB. I love it, it’s my hometown, my parents live there and I can’t. The main issue is no jobs. Yeah the celebutards and their spawn suck, I have many stories on that score but the problem for me and every other normal person there is the jobs are either service (like your cocktail gig) or non-existent. It’s just hard to make a living wage. And, because it’s a luxury town, everything is expensive. Not just rent but taxes, food, gas, everything costs more there, just like Lake Tahoe and other exclusive areas. So yeah I agree that the Hollywood ego train is part of what has made SB impossible but the job issue is the bigger problem.

      • Frida_K says:

        Hey, homie! Always good to see a fellow SB-er on the Bitchy!

        And yes, I agree with you. The celeb influx is bad, but the lack of jobs and the prices are worse. I just think that the wheel turned after Brad-n-Jen and Oprah infiltrated. For whatever reason, that for me was when it seemed no longer possible to even hope to live there any more.

        Re: USC and UCLA.

        @Taxi–yes, I was thinking of UCLA when I wrote the comment to which you refer. Us locals really did not much like the wealthy dummies who deigned to come to UCSB just because they couldn’t get into UCLA. The University of Spoiled Children is something else, I do remember.

    • frisbeejada says:

      @ Frida-K – Everything you have you’ve earned, you should be proud of yourself, your achievements are your own, nobody elses and you are worth 10 of the likes of Goop anyday…

  6. Stef Leppard says:

    What is a “changing room”? She can’t change her clothes in her bedroom or massive walk-in closet (I’m assuming)?

    • mojoman says:

      it’s a room where she can change her bland personality into an obnoxious, pretentious nouveau riche dim wit

    • taxi says:

      A changing room has pool access. It’s to keep wet bathing suits from dripping through the house.

      • Pia says:

        It’s called a towel. People seem to think that if you can afford it, you should do it. Like when people leave their cars idling at the supermarket because they are too lazy to turn a key. They argue that they can afford the gas, so what’s the problem? That is no excuse to waste resources!! Right now, many rich coastal towns here in New England are being ruined by new money. They tear down perfectly beautiful historic homes so they can build their huge, ugly McMansions. Is it perfectly legal? Of course it is, but it is also incredibly tacky and selfish. Sometimes the surrounding property taxes get so high that everyone has to move because they can’t afford to stay in the area. Sometimes the renovations on older houses are so extensive and unnecessary, that they ruin all of the historic significance and charm of the original house. As someone who used to work in a museum and is a history/architecture buff of sorts, this makes me very, very sad. Too many Americans automatically think “new is better”. I know so many people who put laminate, linoleum, or carpeting over gorgeous 150 year old hardwood floors, WHY?? There is absolutely no argument in the world that will convince me that just because you can afford a massive house, that you need one in any way.

      • Redheadwriter says:

        Just have to say that Pia wins the internets today with her post!

  7. Suze says:

    She is all of those things. And she doesn’t care.

  8. Aria says:

    Is the same dress Khaleesi wore for the SAG and hate it? Wow, Goop wears the hell out of it! Annoying or not, Goop has an amazing body!

  9. eliza says:

    I am not a Goopy defender but on this point I am. When someone buys a property they have every right to improve and remodel that property how they see fit as long as they obtain the proper permits and go through the proper channels to start construction on said property. The improvements also help property values in the neighborhood.

    So what if they have nice cars and a pool. It’s their property. It is reasons like this, petty bitching, I am glad I live on 30 acres and my closest neighbor is a mile away.

    On a separate note, I kinda like Goopy’s dress. Normally not one for flash, I think it looks good on her.

    • FLORC says:

      Yes, it’s her property and she can do as she likes, but let me argue the other end.

      Her neighbors live there because it’s a nice area. They live next to homes that keep up their properties and keep the noise level down.

      Do you own a home eliza? Like a home you plan on living in for a long time? That changes perspective.

      If I was their neighbor I was be livid. Ruin the charm of the area and then just move away.

      You buy into an area for the location and it only takes 1 home to make it look like cr@p.
      And those improvements often lower property values overall. Yes it means the homes are valued higher(not great for taxes), but will sell for much lower.

      • Ag-UK says:

        Plus the houses in Belsize Park are already pricey and the people seem more on the conservative side. If you actually wanted one of those mega houses move to Kensington where the oligarchs live who like that sort of thing or that awful road in Hampstead Billionaires row. I would be annoyed at the constant noise and especially if I planned on living there for years to come.

      • Prim says:

        You don’t even notice her house, it’s not flash at all. Belsize Park is full of houses like hers where work goes on forever, especially underground now. No one cares. I don’t believe that story for a minute.

      • bob says:

        There’s what’s called the ‘nimby line’ – basically everything south of Bristol and Norfolk. I can imagine the old money on Belsize Park would be the epicentre of nimbyism.

    • HadleyB says:

      This is the trouble with the WORLD. They think that they can do whatever they want because they own something.

      I own a car, I can blast my music any time because I CAN. I have property so I can make repairs for YEARS, block traffic, have huge parties etc etc because I CAN.

      Unless you live on your own island or WAY in the country with 100 acres around you, one has to think of others as well, we all have to live together – be it a state, a country, a city, next door etc.

      The entitlement attitude people have these days about everything really is getting worse and it just makes even dealing with people on the daily as chore.

      • joe spider says:

        They can’t do just as they want with a property – they have to get planning permission whoever they are. And the neighbours are advised of the plans and are entitled to put in objections.

        ps folks – for all those who don’t live in the UK, the Daily Mail is not the most reliable newspaper in the world.

  10. WendyNerd says:

    I’ve lived near construction projects and let me tell you—- very few things are as unpleasant. Being woken up at the crack of dawn by the sounds of buzz-saws and forklifts, having to hear that shit all day. Sometimes it can disrupt mobility for others in the neighborhood. It’s a real pain in the ass, but a good neighbor having work done does things like talk to the HOA about it so that at least people are prepared and just send out messages of goodwill in general. I can understand having it done for a few months, but “years”? Yeah, that’s ridiculous, especially when it’s in a high population density space like London AND you’re not even going to live in it?What’s the point then?

    That’s such a crazy, stupid waste of time and resources for everyone involved. Really, these people have no concept of situational awareness, do they? They DO understand that other people exist, right? People who they may not be able to name-drop, but do in fact have the right not to have their lives and comfort disrupted by some movie star’s design whims?

    I just love the idea of GOOP being called gauche, though. Like I have this little fantasy of all of her upper-class British neighbors, who she probably felt SO SOPHISTICATED living around, gathering at her door one day. Maybe a couple of them are aristocrats. And Lord and Lady Hufflepuff and Duke and Duchess Gryffindor are leading the charge, and they knock on her door one day, interrupting daily Ethiopian Fart Yoga or whatever it is she does, and she gets there expecting I don’t know, a classy dinner party invitation or something, but instead it’s just them going, “GET YOUR GAUCHE, FLASHY, NOUVEAU-RICHE ASS OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!!! And take your aloe vera colonics with you!!!!”

    And yeah, that dress does make her look like she belongs on Wheel of Fortune.

    • evie says:

      Yes, and I was going to say that in London, everything is so tightly compressed that just driving down the street *without* some big project like that going on is a real nightmare. The streets over there are so much more narrow than ours here and a constant in-and-out of construction trucks and what-not would be incredibly hard to deal with for a long duration. The properties are very close together and if these projects went on for an extended period of time, then I completely understand them being annoyed and over her renovation. It’s a homeowner’s right to update their property just as much as the neighbors have the right to be annoyed when said homeowner’s renovation infringes on their ability to enjoy their own home.

      • Harriet says:

        I agree with Evie. No one really wins in these situations. I’m an architect in London so I know exactly what it’s like- put from an architects point of view both parties can be ridiculously petty. I also had a funny moment when one of my client’s plans were opposed by all the neighbours on the street. I found out later they had spent years rejecting their neighbours plans to renovate at the council! Karma for them! But not great for me.

    • HappyMom says:

      Agreed-and I love how they said they’re assuming/dreading that a “similar sort” will move in. I love that someone can look down on Goop. I hope it bugs her a little bit.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        And you know that it’s not JUST the neighbors, either–it’s their maids, their cooks, etc. You know that as soon as GOOP leaves after her visit from the neighbors, EVERYONE in that house talks shit about her. Love it. You know it’s bad when the maid looks at you sideways…

    • jj says:

      It doesn’t look like she build a new house, but just made alterations inside an existing house, so I doubt the noise was as much as it is with new constructions. Plus it looks like a historic house, which means they were not allowed to make any alterations to the facade.

      • WendyNerd says:

        She was practically building a new house by merging the two together, building connections, etc. So yeah, it would have made a lot of noise. Especially in London.

      • jj says:

        Looks like they were two already existing houses that were always connected, so no outside alterations. They may have invested some money to clean up the facades, which is a good thing since it looks like a historic building. Don’t know how strict the building codes are in London regarding build heritage conservation, but they certainly didn’t do anything inappropriate to those two buildings. Construction noise sometimes happens, the neighbors should be glad Goop and her husband payed money to preserve historic architecture.

      • LAK says:

        JJ: London is very strict about external facades for listed buildings, however, just because they are changing the interior, doesn’t mean they make less noise.

        More often, i’ve seen the exterior is removed for safe keeping and re-imposed on the structure after the work is done. (hotel going up 3streets from me, exterior is like a row of terrace houses similar to GOOP, that’s how they are re-building the hotel)

  11. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I kind of love that commoners park their peasant cars in front of her house. I’ve never been to England, but I would think that part of what makes living there awesome is the history of the buildings. Those white additions look tacky.

  12. Sullivan says:

    Living next door to a house under major renovations is an unpleasant experience. The noise. The inconvenience. The trucks parked everywhere. If the renovations took years, I imagine her neighbors loathe her and Chris.

  13. Kiddo says:

    I would take Goop over Bieber, though. You know, if I HAD to pick.

  14. Jaded says:

    Having lived through my next door neighbours doing a massive reno for the past year and a half (and I’m in a townhouse), I sympathize with her neighbours. So now after 10 years of unremitting noise, dirt, parking hassles and chaos, they’re selling? Ah the rude entitlements of the rich and useless…..

  15. khaveman says:

    Gasp they have a pool. Oh no they want to secure their cars from the narrow roadway. Doesn’t matter if they are new or old money. Welcome to homeownership — remodeling happens.

  16. LAK says:

    ……’the same sort of people!’ ouch!!

    The shade! The shade in that one sentence!!

  17. zinjojo says:

    Her lack of eyebrows is aging her. I don’t understand why she bleaches her eyebrows along with her hair, she needs the definition on her face that brows provide.

  18. pru says:

    So, she spent years building a 33 room mansion, and is now looking for something smaller as a home base?
    She obviously has no idea what she really wants or needs in her life. It seems like she is bouncing from one project/movement/philosophy (and even group of friends) to the next. I’m sure she thinks doing this is evolving and growing.
    My guess she does this because she is shallow.

    • Kiddo says:

      My friend does architecture, home repairs, remodeling, etc. He has always described it as therapy. Sometimes the biggest projects are embarked upon because the marriage is failing, but the people think they are unhappy because of their environment. They are unhappy because of their environment, but it ends up many times, that it has nothing to do with the physical house, FWIW. Then they divorce and move because the house didn’t make them happier.

  19. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    Yes to mojoman and dame snarkweek; Remember when she bought that People mag most beautiful cover (in the 90s that list actually made sense); that first pic sure doesn’t show outer or reflect inner beauty; I saw better looking women at my local mall yesterday – Except for a few, does anyone in the biz genuinely like her?

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Local mall! Love it :)
      I think that she is respected by the power brokers in Hollywood because they were friends with her parents in that crowd. I also think that she is the type to kiss up to whomever she thinks is on the A list unfortunately I think the type of actors who like her are probably the ones who think or behave like her. Not a good endorsement.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I would think that they like her in a superficial type of way—especially if they don’t spend time with each other, not a significant amount. Like RDJ. I’m guessing that she has maybe a month (generous) filming on the Ironman movies, and then she goes back to wherever….they get along fine on those films. If they’re both in town, then they hang out for dinner, etc.

        I think Goop’s fine in small doses, especially when she’s with someone who is either ‘superior’ or at the same level. She watches herself–she only unleashes her inner mean girl on us poor peasants. I’ve known plenty of people like that…this one girl at school. She hardly ever spoke a word at school. I mean, I’ve heard maybe two sentences come out of her mouth, in the entire six years that went to school together. She was nice and quiet—at school. At home–that was a different story. My mom met her mom (she’s a massage therapist) and said that that girl is a HOLY TERROR at home–talks trash and back to her mother.

        People know how to rein in their inner self to the important people. So I see Goopy being a perfect little Angel for her bestest bff, RDJ, for her Uncle Michael, and for her godfather–Uncle Steven…..

  20. Kelly says:

    The megamansion looks boring and poor. It’s just big, that’s about it. I guess it costs millions because of its location and dimension? How stupid really.
    Nouveau riche? Doesn’t she come from old money? Not that she has taste.

  21. MSTHANG says:

    It stated they brought a 3rd home to make a 33 room mansion, where’s the third house in the back? I bet if she had stopped at joining the adjacent home the neighbors would have stopped complaining.

  22. Marybel says:

    Aww, Crunchy Granola looks tired from carrying that massive ego around. She needs a steak and a viewing of Bad Grandpa.

  23. Paige says:

    They think she’s gauche and nouveau riche because she is..
    Agree with most that she looks good here-make up, hair etc…
    I think her boobs are taped and she has a nice inner structure built into vanna white’s old dress…

  24. InvaderTak says:

    I love snobby British gossip…laughing too hard at this really. “That sort” of people lol

  25. lady mary. says:

    srry to take over this thread abt smthn thats not goop,but omg!!!! PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN was found dead ,this i terrible:(((

  26. A Fan says:

    Love that dress!

    [can't help it...]

  27. Aria says:

    Her dress is from Prada. LOVE IT!

  28. Lux says:

    HOLY Shit! Philip Seymore Hoffman is DEAD. WTF! :(

  29. Snowpea says:

    The English are notorious for hating gaudy OTT displays of ostentation. They don’t do the massive mansions on thousands of square feet like the Yanks do, primarily because England is a tiny land mass and because culturally, they are an understated lot.

    When in Rome, Gwyneth.

    I don’t really follow Gwyneth stories but I suspect she isn’t anything like her reputation. Her kids seem well loved, she probably has some sort of disordered eating going on, she’s entitled, and she’s married to a rock star but is she any worse than Hathaway or Lopez in terms of high maintenance? I dont think so.

  30. Soliloquily says:

    Can Celebitchy please cover Dylan Farrow’s heart-wrenching first hand account of what Woody Allen did to her? Please? We need to talk about it.

    • Jennifer12 says:

      There is an article on the Daily Beast that you might want to read. Any abuse of any child at any time infuriates me, but this was an article written by a intelligent, detached observer (and I have no interest in Woody Allen as a filmgoer). Basically, Mia Farrow defends Roman Polanski, an known child molester and her brother was convicted and imprisoned for child molestation. Neither one has appeared in her feed. She has claimed Dylan was molested, and yet a team from Yale found that she was influencing her daughter and they were all traumatized (rightfully so) by the affair Woody and Soon-Yi had, and that things became very hazy. There was no physical evidence of abuse and Dylan’s story changed dramatically several times. Mia, while claiming to be devastated by Woody’s infidelity (who should not have had an affair with her daughter, no matter that she was an adult, it crossed a terrible line) is saying she was cheating on him for years and that the son he thought was his was Sinatra’s (who was married to Mia’s good friend). You are convicting someone based on the words of someone who as a child was going through a terrible, scary time and is now speaking about decades later. *Could* it be true? Hopefully not- no child should endure sexual abuse- but you are convicting someone based on very little. There was a gentle custodian in a NYC school who was accused of sex abuse by a little girl and spent a terrifying weekend in jail. It turned out that the mother’s boyfriend was the one, not the custodian, but the child was (rightfully) terrified. Kangaroo courts have no place in judging someone.

      • Soliloquily says:

        I have read it, and it in no way changed my opinion. That “detached observer” was the director of Woody Allen’s new authorized documentary. The background of his twitter page is him and Woody, arm in arm. Not exactly unbiased. Bringing up Mia’s infidelity in no way discredits Dylan’s allegations, and Mia was most likely upset more because HER HUSBAND WAS SLEEPING WITH HER DAUGHTER. With regards to the team from Yale, even the judge overseeing the case said that they were “colored by their loyalty to Mr. Allen.” and did not completely trust them due to their unwillingness to testify and the destruction of their notes. Have you read the letter? I believe Dylan because what she said rang frighteningly true, from residual fear at the sight of trains to the PTSD she suffered. I find it extremely hard to believe that Mia engineered a traumatic event with specific details that still haunts Dylan today. In cases of CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, I will ALWAYS believe the survivor.

      • Ruyana says:

        I am a survivor. When I told my Grandmother about it she called me a liar and slapped my face. Later I found out all the adults in the family had known about him, but they didn’t want to “make a scene”, or be embarrassed by public disclosure. So they sacrificed all the children in the family to him. I can’t get over the anger. There was some satisfaction in knowing that when the slime-bucket died only two people came to his funeral.

        Not being believed, or saved, just because you are a small child is the worst kind of betrayal.

      • Soliloquily says:

        Thank you for your courage and resilience. It makes me beyond angry and sad that you were let down like that, and I hope that justice will one day prevail.

  31. Maybe says:

    Can’t stand Gwyneth. Never could.

    She’s had what, two children? They may have gotten a bit larger from childbirth (mine did). However, she did have raisins years ago, so if they didn’t naturally increase from pregnancy, they’re definitely fake.

  32. homegrrrrl says:

    Nouveau riche is an élitiste term to disparage any one not born into aristocracy, and I can’t abide that brand of condescension. It’s more telling of her neighbors who complain about someone’s hard work and success; the 1900′s called and they wish to apologize profusely for the lack of lifeboats provided to 3rd class passengers.

  33. Jennifer12 says:

    Why do you assume it’s Gwyneth alone? Chris Martin has some say in his own home. Maybe he wanted things done, too.

  34. GByeGirl says:

    I cannot stand this woman, for so many reasons. I have to say, this is almost the best she’s ever looked, though. I love the dress. So many blondes look awesome in reds. I also like it when she wears her hair with some curl/wave.

  35. Luna says:

    33 rooms? How many people are living with you Gwynnie? I can never understand celebrities who splurge on mansions and houses FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR too big for their families. Yeah it’s their money and they can do whatever the hell they want with it but just imagine the number of people they could help feed or bring clean water to or build homes for if they chose to put the money to charitable uses? Or the number of animals helped and saved and rehabilitated? Or the environment cleaned and protected and saved?

    Seriously, celebrities.

    • Avi says:

      @Luna – You can do the same with your money. Instead of paying for internet service to read this site and comment, you could be using that money to help feed people, bring them clean water, help animals and save the environment. Oh wait, the money you spend on internet service isn’t nearly enough, right? That’s ok, you can use the money you spend on fun things like movie tickets, DVDs, iTunes downloads, CDs, magazines, lip gloss, a cup of Starbucks or whatever it is you like to buy to help others. I know it’s your money and you earned thus you should be able to spend it however you like but, you know, I’m just sayin’. You could be doing so much more!

      I know, I know. It’s not fair to compare you to rich people who make millions for playing pretend. They’re overpaid thus they should feel obligated to fix the world’s problems. You though? Nope, you’re cool. Keep on sitting around and not telling people what to do.

  36. Evelyn Apricots says:

    Gwyneth hasn’t looked happy in years. I am beginning to feel very sorry for her.

    Also, why does Gwyneth get blamed? Chris Martin certainly has a say in their family life. Perhaps it was his idea to do the the renovations. His brother is an architect. Perhaps he wanted to keep his brother employed during the recession?

    Also, I remember reading years ago, that the reason they needed this much room, was because the couple were separated but wanted to continue living together for the kids. Gwyneth had a “mansion” and Chris had a separate “mansion” with a building in the middle for privacy.