Gwyneth Paltrow has received a lot of (bad) press the past few months for her “lifestyle” website, GOOP. Celebitchy covered the site, and many of us feel that the site is a little… sanctimonious? Unrealistic? Terrible? In fact, Gwyneth’s GOOP has been almost universally panned. Now it seems that GOOP may even be an issue in Gwyneth’s marriage.
Chris wants to live a low-key life with his Oscar-winning-actress wife. He thinks that GOOP draws too much attention, and, according to “sources”, even called GOOP “self-indulgent”. Paltrow, however, isn’t going to quit her GOOP, even dreaming of becoming the next Martha Stewart, GOOP-style.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have a new issue in their marriage – the actress’ new vanity project, Goop.
The Running with Scissors star launched Goop, a lifestyle website, in September last year. But Coldplay rocker Chris is said to be against the venture – as it brings the couple extra, unnecessary attention.
A source tells British magazine Now, “Goop’s causing incredible friction between Gwyneth and Chris. He hates any exposure outside of what he considers necessary – his music, charity work and her acting. He thinks Goop’s self-indulgent and hates the speculation that the advice she gives on relationships or family problems may be an insight to their own personal life.”
The source continues, “Gwyneth doesn’t want to come across as a hypocrite. She knows people will think that advice she’s put on the site is a reflection of what’s happening in her own life, but if she distances herself from those assumptions, people wouldn’t buy into Goop.”
“She’s defensive about it. It’s her baby and she won’t be told what to do. Gwyneth wants to be the new Martha Stewart. She wants to launch her own homeware range, a fashion line, a food range and self-help books. Chris argued that this will put her even more on the radar, but she’s a determined woman.”
Would you buy cookware from this woman? I wouldn’t. But I might buy sheets from her, so if Gwyneth is serious about this whole “expanding her brand” stuff, she should start with GOOP linens. Can you imagine? “Hey, what’s the thread count on these beige GOOP sheets?” That actually doesn’t sound so bad.
Anyway, Paltrow has been defending her GOOP over and over. She really isn’t going to quit it, no matter what we say. Most recently, she told USA Today that anyone who doesn’t like her endeavor must be personally unfulfilled: “People get a hit of energy when they are negative and it is very detrimental for them. They do not understand why they do not have a happy life. That kind of stuff is just noise to me. I just feel sorry for them.” Oh, that put you in your place, didn’t it? Dame Paltrow feels sorry for you, because you’re too dumb to understand her GOOP! But I have a solution. Maybe if we just ignore the GOOP, Gwyneth will get bored and drop it.
Gwyneth Paltrow is shown at the Times Film Festival on 10/20/08. Credit: WENN
What does GOOP stand for? I know it includes her first and last initials but what are the two Os for? IMHO the content of the site itself isn’t the problem – if the site were launched by, say, Uma Thurman I think it would be taken differently even if it were the same type of material. I think it’s Gwyneth’s self-righteous attitude in general that turns people off and thus they carry it over into the site. Personally I have always liked Gwyneth and when I read the content of the site I didn’t think it was that bad. But I know some people can’t stand her and I can see how her site would make it even worse.
He probably hates it because it give insight into their life of pretentious bourgeoisie glory. I mean come on, he has a symbol for fair trade drawn on his hand, he’s a serious activist after all…GAH.
She’s looking a bit like Madonna with those awful cheek and chin implants.
Hmm. I hate GOOP. And yet, I hate Chris Martin. And I love it that he hates GOOP. I’m so confused now…
@Old KC – I think it’s a nickname – goopy – from childhood, I’m sure I read that on the site itself. Yes, that’s right, I go there all the time for my own personal fulfillment – I read goopy’s latest life-sapping musings and I am filled full of relief and ground-kissing gratitude that I am not her. That do ya, Gwynnie?
I can’t believe I actually looked this up:
Q: Why the name GOOP?
A: It is a nickname, like my name is G.P., so that is really where it came from. And I wanted it to be a word that means nothing and could mean anything.
Hope that helps clarify things for everyone, particularly the ‘unfulfilled’ people.
I’m with you, Livia! I don’t know where to direct my hate now. Must go lie down and think this through…
I think she looks stunning in these pictures.
I can’t stand her, but I hate more that a husband would even come out against his wife’s work and passion(even in “sources”). If it’s true, he’s a real jerk.
Let her have it. It’s hers. TOo many times in this world, women are dictated to what they should or can and can not do. Her site is superfluous and speaks to only a small segment of people, but it’s hers, it gives her whatever sense of accomplishment, and if you don’t like it, don’t read it.
Still can’t stand her, but her husband, of all people should be in her corner and supportive of her stupid, sanctimonious recipes and $2,000 trenchcoats…
If a website called ‘Goop’ is her “passion,” she needs a time-out for some serious self-evaluation.
“And I wanted it to be a word that means nothing and could mean anything.”
Does she think she came up with this word? It may slang but I am pretty sure most people have heard the word goop before the website was created and they understand what it means.
a bad-mannered or inconsiderate person; clod; boor.
expressive coinage, appar. first used by Gelett Burgess in his book Goops and How to Be Them (1900)
a viscous or sticky substance; goo.
1955–60; expressive coinage akin to glop, gook 1 , etc.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
– noun Slang
A sticky wet viscous substance.
Maybe she could update “Goops and How to Be Them” for her first self-help book.
She means well but her target audience are her peers, not the average gossip news reader. Hence, it has a whiff of being a little sanctimonious, but still, she has never come across as anything but a modest, self-effacing young actress from hollywood/new york royalty. She has had a remarkable life…don’t resent her for it. Don’t read GOOP and then continue to express some moral outrage. Just don’t read it. Have a good evening!
Oh Lindsay! You are so right!
You KNOW she’ll come out with a self help book too…we’ll have to hear about her conflicted battles of being a good mother and hating it at the same time because it conflicted and interrupted an artist, and balancing a career even though she was to the manor born and brought up with every networking connection imaginable, and how she fought for her identity in a marriage fraught with insecurity and whatever existential crises she was going through….and for that she just HAS TO TELL HER STORY so she can help anyone out there because, you know, she’s just sooo giving and has it all figured it out and just needs to express herself…
God help us ALL when that happens, becuase you know people will buy it!
But her husband should still support her endeavors. I still maintain he’s a jerk if he doesn’t.
when/why did she get a nose job? and its interesting to see her once extremely angular face turning into something so…umm.. round? im not sure what the accurate word is but does she really believe that we wont wonder why her face has more fat in it as she ages, while her body stays thin? that would be backwards aging.
Rreedy: She’s had a “remarkable” life? That’s easily one of the most laughable things I’ve ever read.
Awww, she tries but the problem here is there really aren’t any good tips or useful information, especially in this economy. Martha Stewart earned her title by doing and giving us tips we could use not just where to buy expensive items.
Gwyn doesn’t tell us how to make pore strips out of medical tape or a blackhead remover from a retractable ball point pen. If she would just throw in some useful tips it would be worth it.
It’s a ridiculous website only good for fodder on blogs such as this as her husband is just trying to protect her from looking like an ass.
if you don’t like her blog, don’t read it. Rreedy is right it targets a certain segment of the population that can afford that kind of life style, if you are not in that segment, then why do waist your time and energy even making a negative comment about it? envy much, Me thinks!!!
By the way I love Coldplay, They were here in Phoenix just a few months ago they rock!!!
Well, being the achingly-pretentious sod that I am, I kinda like Goop; it puts me in mind of a type of reader’s blog for a magazine like Wallpaper* (which I lloooooove – when I had no job and less than no money, I bought 10 issues a year religiously).
Plus it;s not all over-priced tosh – one of her favourite restaurants is Wagamama which is a seriously yummy, reasonably-priced chain. Anyone I’ve hauled there has liked it. Honest!
Besides if it irritates that tedious cut-price-Sting, then all the better.
Can I add that while I’ve a decent job (for now) I’m not at all wealthy and, apart from makeup, own only two “designer” things, my glasses (which I got a good deal on on t’internet) and prescription sunglasses. I’m just seriously pretentious *wink*
@ old KC: i absolutely agree with you on gwyneth’s attitude being the problem. i just visited the site for the first time (because of this cb article, actually), and a lot of the content is totally acceptable. there are several examples of the diets being too extreme, and i think she advocates a lot of things that aren’t for everybody, but if it weren’t coming out of her mouth, it could totally pass for martha stewart or some other such home goddess.
another major problem i have- gwyneth paltrow is a famous, wealthy actress, and she has time and funds for things that the majority of people do not. for her to be dismissive about outside opinion on goopy goopy goop shows that this is a project all about her and it annoys me that she thinks we allll want to know so badly. stop shielding your kids from paparazzi on public streets and tell your husband to stop punching reporters if you’re going to tell us on the internet what you eat, where you go, and what you’re wearing while you’re there. maybe some people just prefer the magazine pics!
Mairead – but it’s so derivitive and unoriginal!!
Mairead: Prescription sunglasses! And here I thought you were one of us. *wink*
Geez… could it be, the rumblings of trouble in paradise? I mean, let me be clear, could the rightious and callow Gwennie, be human, and actually have a husband not a minion? I, for one, am shocked! Here I was thinking I was the only one who didn’t get GOOP, or be able to navigate arround it, and to find out that Chris has a mind of his own and that Gwen is a human, not the cyborg I thought, has shattered my existance!
So what am I muttering about?
I don’t care one iota how or with what that leech falls a rung or two, just that she does, having had the shame and misfortune to have met her, I can do nothing but smile at the prospect of the holier-than-thou, being seen as just that. I loath that she believes her goop, oops, poop don’t stink, her life is the envy of all others and her marriage is more blessed than the Pope.
If this appears as an attack, its not, its phrased as Gwennie would on that site she uses to put us all down… GOOP, isn’t that something found in a babys nappy?
How can she say Goop means nothing? Goops are one of my favorite characters from childhood. They are nasty, rude little creatures with no manners, as described in a series of poems: The Goops, by Gillette Burgess, used to teach children how not to behave.
“The Goops they lick their fingers
And the Goops they lick their knives:
They spill their broth on the tablecloth
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop, are you?”
I thought she had a sense of humour about herself, and thats why she named it after the Goops. I should have known better! It does seem odly fitting though, doesn’t it?
@ Baho what can I say? ROTFLMAO
@ Lindsay! THANK YOU! I thought GOOP mean a ‘boor’ I’d read it somewhere and I was going to get my dictionary, please be sure to email Princess Gwynnie the definition ok?????
Going to watch vapid, bogan (redneck) 80’s hairband videos on ‘getting up there’ video channel to dislodge all the ‘goop’ stuck in my head….
As much as GP annoys the living bejesus out of me I too think its stink her husband is dissing her (assuming its true). When you think about it they are both equally pretentious…just in slightly different directions by the sound of things…with Mr Martin quoting from Greta Garbo’s philosophy of life “I vant to be left alone!!!” and GP being only too willing to overshare….
lol Livia. That was too funny, got me in stitches. Honestly, I don’t mind Gwen and her husband. They may be prissy but they are kind of cute. Chris Martin grew on me sorta.
gwyneth + poop = goop!
Oh it’s not that bad. It reminds me of a the blog of a well-off stay home mom. The sort of thing very few people would read anyway.
@mairead: tedious-cut-price Sting
Okay, well, while we’re hating on Gwynnie, what is with her stupid American Express commercial? I think it’s AmEx. It’s that one all the celebrities are always hawking for. It’s her reminiscing in a field about her mother and related to credit cards in no way. And I think there’s some other celebs in the commercial nattering on about fuzzy Hallmark memories. I hate it.
(FWIW I did like The Royal Tennenbaums.)
Oh, I see. Chris Martin is full of negative energy, does not understand why he doesn’t have a happy life, thus, Gwynnie is sad for him.
What type if advice could she possibly provide. She has had a silver spoon in her mouth since birth and she has an IQ of 80,
On cooking: “When the maid suggests pairing foie gras with a apertif, you must quickly call the chef into the manor to understand which sauce he used to blanch the meet.”
On cleaning: “When reviewing your staff’s work, never have them look you in the eye….”
On motherhood: ” Make sure your nanny has the children outside at least three hours a day. it is better for your afternoon nap…’
She doesnt have cheek implants, she actually ate something and she gained a pound lol
Where has she been shown to be self-righteous? Links please.
And will someone please explain to me why she is pretentious for liking stuff thats out of the average persons’ budget and thinking her peers might enjoy those things as well?
I must be stupid ’cause I don’t get it.
Ever since Gwyneth started palling around with Iron Chef Mario Batali and NY Times Food Writer Mark Bitman in “Spain…on the Road Again” (www.spainontheroadagain.com), now she thinks she can do what they do, and apparently more. Batali is clearly in love with her, and probably encouraged this horrible site. I loved the show, and especially Claudia Bassols, the Spanish actress who they asked to join them, but Gwyneth thinks she is a streetwise New Yorker, a hip Californian, a woman of Europe (with her Spanish and British connections), a jewish princess, and a woman of culture, with her rich friends and family. I actually liked her on the show, but she can be pretentious in some regards, and I think she is possibly missing a screw somewhere.
What’s up with her fingernails in the first picture?? It looks like she cut out square pieces of black construction paper and glued them on top of her nails.
Wow, I’ve never seen that pic of Gwyneth before. She looks terrible. She’s so emaciated there and it ages her. This is proof this woman shouldn’t be giving dietary advice. If her idea of needing to lose a few pounds after the holidays is to go from rail thin to gaunt, she has serious problems.