Star: Is Gwyneth Paltrow secretly hiding an affair with a mystery ‘literary figure’?

Gwyneth Paltrow was supposed to be the victim of a very dishy slam-piece by Vanity Fair. The article was supposed to be in the September issue. We were all prepared for it. Gwyneth was prepared for it too, and she apparently sent an e-mail around to all of her friends and associates, ordering them to not cooperate with a sleazy tabloid like Vanity Fair ever again. The September issue came and went and there was no Goop article to be seen.

And now Star Magazine has come in and decided that if VF doesn’t have the balls to do it, they will. So in this week’s Star, we have the alternate-universe article about what the VF article should have told us. Apparently, Gwyneth slammed VF to friends because she feared the article would damage her career and that the focus would be on her status as “Hollywood’s Most Hated Celebrity”. She was also worried that the article would focus on “her propensity for one-upmanship, which has ruined friendships with Winona Ryder and Madonna. A source says: ‘Gwyneth is obviously hiding something, and she’s going out of her way to make sure it doesn’t get out.’”

One of my favorite parts: “Accusations of infidelity have dogged her years. When her engagement to Brad Pitt ended in 1997, rumors surfaced that she’d cheated on him with her Sliding Doors costar John Hannah, and a reported fling with her A Perfect Murder costar Viggo Mortensen allegedly derailed her relationship with Ben Affleck.” I think Star has the timeline off on that one? Let me check…well, it seems that Brad and Gwyneth did split before she began filming A Perfect Murder, but she filmed A Perfect Murder way before she and Ben Affleck were done, so that timeline doesn’t make much sense. I do think she and Viggo boned though. And maybe she cheated on Ben with Viggo? As for John Hannah… I love John Hannah. If Goop banged John Hannah, then I like her a little bit more for that one.

But the best part of Star’s dishy piece is this whole section:

Star has been on the receiving end of Gwyneth’s wrath. Recently, a tipster reported that Gwyneth had carried on an affair with a literary figure, prompting Star to investigate the claim. We reached out to a former personal assistant of Gwyneth’s rumored lover, who was hesitant to provide information.

It appears that the ex-assistant then contacted her former employer, who most likely infirmed Gwyneth or her representatives immediately, as Star received a threatening letter from the actress’ attorney – which did acknowledge that Gwyneth and the gentleman in question did know each other and had been to dinner together more than once – within hours of speaking with the ex-assistant.

This preemptive strike could be regarded as highly unusual, as Star had not yet undertaken the formality of contacting Gwyneth’s publicist or agent (as we would for any subject of an investigation) to alert them to our upcoming feature and to ask for a comment. We do occasionally receive a legal letter AFTER making this standard “comment call” but to receive such a communication beforehand is almost unheard of.

Whatever Gwyneth’s reasons for trying to suppress these investigations, Vanity Fair, for one, seems to be pushing ahead with its expose. The question is: will her marriage survive whatever information comes out?

“Chris knows about Vanity Fair’s story and has heard rumors about what it might bring up, but his wife is still keeping him in the dark,” the source says. “There is a lot of tension over it in their house at the moment and it could threaten to destroy their marriage.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Star then adds some ominous quotes from sources like “Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire – and in this case there is a lot of smoke.” Star also writes: “Damage Control? Two days after Star received legal threats for investigating Gwyneth’s supposed affair, the actress – who is rarely photographed with her husband – appeared out with Chris.” Huh. So who is this mysterious literary figure? John Grisham? No. Stephen King? Ha. The late Christopher Hitchens? TOO SOON. How about Salman Rushdie? I could totally see that. And CB suggested Dave Eggers. Totally.

Star then goes on to note that Gwyneth also went to a Dodgers game last week with her kids… and her ex-boyfriend Donovan Leitch, who she dated way back in 1994. Apparently, they’ve “been friends for many years and went to the game with their kids.” But in the photos, they look super-affectionate. Huh. Has Goop been fooling around this whole time?!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Buckwild says:

    Beautiful Brad years! And woah. Gwynth’s jaw used to be alot more square!

    • Regina Lynx says:

      It’s called bulimia jaw. Tracy Anderson’s got one, too.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        I never could see it before until these photo’s now can’t unsee it – very discernable in the last photo.

      • Maggs says:

        Bethanny Frankel wins it for biggest bulimia jaw with Selena Gomez coming in 2nd.

      • Florc says:

        It’s called aging. It happens to all of us. Strong jaw lines are very prominent and as one ages it will see to change shape from the many factors aging brings to the skin. So, to see such a striking jaw line change over years it becomes very noticeable.

      • Cal says:

        I totally agree with the bulimia jaw comment.

      • Moi says:

        Sorry, but no. I have a square jaw line, yet believe throwing up food for weight loss purposes when others in the world are starving, is sac religious. Stop being catty. Regarding the article: Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. And if you want to say that goes for what I wrote, then ok. But at least I wrote it. Not this person or this person, via speculation. Come on people, it’s Friday, let go of the Gwyneth hate, it’s ridiculous. I literally skip over comments when the first sentence is “She is such a pretentious bitch! I hope Chris cheated on her!”. When someone has a logical reason for not liking her, I read and I do get it. A little. We do not know her personally. I do not know Julia Roberts personally either, so I will try and control my dislike for her in future because I see how ridiculous it is. But the jump on the bandwagon, it’s cool to hate Gwyneth train is stupid. Plain and simple.

      • decorative item says:

        The pictures of G.P. we taken when she was much younger, so it’s nothing to do with ageing. And, the jaw does not widen when you have bulimia, the mussels in your throat swell, but your bone structure doesn’t change.

    • The Wizz says:

      Was just thinking she had on big bulimic jaw going on then.

  2. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Get it, Gwynnie!

  3. Ari says:

    God I hope she is fooling around that is too good

    • atorontogal says:

      My exact thoughts! I would love to see this chick brought down a peg or two. Especially after seeing her stupid behaviour on the vespa with her daughter! She just makes me want to puke!

      • Florc says:

        Was that even covered here? That was pretty bad and if it wasn’t for an attentive bus driver she could have injured herself and apple horribly!

  4. inthekitchen says:

    Yeah, she is…with herself. Only Goop knows how to properly love the Goop.

  5. Mia 4S says:

    GOOP would nev…oh wait yes she would. It better be someone pretentious though. At least a Booker prize nominee. 😉

  6. Christin says:

    I don’t closely follow her, but the whole organic mommy / wife persona seems a little contrived to me. She probably still craves the attention she received in the late 1990s.

  7. blue marie says:

    Now I’m kinda pissed that VF didn’t stick to their guns and publish the Goop pc.. And of course she’s hiding something, she tries too hard to look perfect.

  8. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love John Hannah and I just can’t see him getting with her. Of course maybe she wasn’t as insufferable then. 🙂

    i just rewatched Sliding Doors last month. It was on HBO, great movie.

  9. Caitlinsmommy says:

    I thought I’d heard or read something about her having a long term affair with some European artist, not a writer.

  10. serena says:

    Viggo is too good for her. But if it was true it’ll make me like her a little bit more, Viggo is just.. Viggo, how can you not bang him?

    • Sixer says:

      I will sulk forever if I find out for sure Viggo banged Goop.

    • NYC_girl says:

      “History of Violence…” enough said.

    • mia girl says:

      I’m with @sixer about the sulking. I don’t want anybody with Viggo… except me.

      That’s said, I could totally see it happening. Goop considers herself bilingual and Viggo is from Argentina. I’m sure she fronted like they were simpatico.

      The conversations in Spanish began, bonded them on set… drinks one night and some sexy talk in Spanish and then… bam! Next thing you know he’s reciting his poetry to her in bed.
      Oh wait, that’s my Viggo fantasy…

      Back to sulking that Goop might have lived my fantasy. 🙁

    • mia girl says:

      Actually Viggo was born in the U.S his mother is American and father is Danish. He spent much of his formative years living in Argentina. He’s written poetry and books in Spanish, is a big fan of Aregentinian soccer and has made movies there.
      He has said in interviews that he considers himself part Argentinian because he grew up living there.

      So yeah, I think it’s ok to say he’s from there for the purposes of my silly comment about he and Goop.

  11. Easi says:

    I really hop the VF article comes out soon. It has to be juicy. I wonder if Chris and Goop have an understanding… You know she thinks its very European to have a lover.

  12. aims says:


  13. brin says:

    I think she’s fooling around with Stan Lee. So what if he’s a comic book writer and ninety years old. I bet they got hot and heavy on the Iron Man set.

  14. ALG says:

    Her skin looks so much better in those early photos. What has she done to it lately? Looks awful.

  15. bammer says:

    It’s so weird she doesn’t seem sexual to me at all. Despite her telling stories about it all the time. Welp, Chris Martin banged plastic robot Kate Bosworth among others so he can’t say a word about anything.

    • Dorothy#1 says:

      I agree!!!

    • Amory says:

      I agree! It seems like starving your self would not give you the energy or interest in sex, and can you imagine the body hang-ups?!

      That being said, I can’t with the hate for this woman (not saying you hate her – just the general gist of the other comments). Yeah, she seems obnoxious and better than everyone, but her dribble is easy enough to ignore. There are far worst examples of bad behavior out there. I understand not liking her (I don’t) but the intensity of the hate seems a bit much.

    • emmie_a says:

      Yes!! After reading about her alleged affairs, I’m thinking huh???? She just seems so Goopy and standoffish and sanitary and totally asexual. I cannot imagine her having a steamy sex life. Like she would think the whole thing was gross and too peasant-like. I can’t imagine her getting hot and sweaty in bed (nor do I want to!!)

      On the flip side, I know this isn’t true, but I always think rock stars are always sleeping with all their groupies, so maybe she knows Chris is sleeping around so she’s just following his lead? Although I guess this doesn’t explain her pre-Chris affairs.

    • ncmagnolia says:

      Bammer…was about to bring up that very point. Thank you!

    • kibbles says:

      I agree. I find her to be the opposite of sexy. I don’t know what these guys saw in her. I guess because she came from wealth and power and somehow managed to become the IT girl for a while back in the 90s.

  16. Esmom says:

    For some reason Michael Lewis is the first literary figure that came to mind in connection to her. That’s based on absolutely nothing remotely tangible, mind you. Dave Eggers is an intriguing possibility, although I’d like to think he’d stay faithful to his lovely wife.

  17. DanaG says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if she did. I can’t remember who it was with but the rumours were pretty strong about her cheating on Brad. Goop probably needs more then one man to please her. LOL I’m sure she can justify it. I wish VF really did the article cowards! What can Gwennie do really?

  18. Suze says:

    Sliding Doors era GOOP was my favorite of all her looks.

    But John Hannah is mine, damn it!

    • Green Girl says:

      I may have copied her shorter haircut in that movie! I wish that trend would come back.

      On another note, wow, those pictures are a trip down memory lane. I always forget about her and Brad Pitt. It’s so weird. Gossip mags always seem to push Brad and Jen, even though that was 10 years ago, but they never mention Brad and Gwyneth.

  19. Roxy says:

    Gwynny needs a better moisturizer. Her orange skin is looking dried out and old. And, where are her eyebrows?!! Scary!!

    • Florc says:

      They’re there. Just very blonde. I thought she may have plucked them away, but that’s not the case.

  20. briargal says:

    Question–don’t marriage vows mean ANYTHING anymore??? Are they just words mouthed during the ceremony and not meant at all? Pretty pathetic! Call me old-fashioned but when I said my vows looking into my husband’s eyes, I meant every word. If you are not going to adhere to them, don’t get married.

    • MonicaQ says:

      Some of the people I know my age (late twenties) or younger just see it as the natural progression of things: meet -> date -> marry. They just see it as Level 3 of dating, not another whole skill tree. I dated my husband 8 years before I married him–I didn’t care because I grew up in a single parent household and quite frankly, felt that a piece of paper wouldn’t change how I felt. But it mattered to him and eventually it started to matter to me so we did.

      I can’t speak for people older than me. Maybe mid-life crisis or they just stopped giving a damn.

    • anon33 says:

      This is just a working theory that I have based on personal anecdotal evidence but it seems to me that A LOT of people who get married do it for the wrong reasons. Like, they think they have to get married bc of societal pressures, etc. And then they end up realizing that they’re not actually compatible at all 2-3 years down the line.

  21. minime says:

    If the rumors that her husband have some side pieces are true, then I really hope she is also getting some.

    On another note, how insufferable would GOOP and Ben Affleck be as a couple if they were still together?!

  22. AnnaBan says:

    If she really got all of these hot guys in the sack, I’m fist-bumping her from here.

    Like I wouldn’t? I’m bizarrely proud of her for the A-listers, and would like a look at her bucket list.

  23. Dana says:

    As long as it isn’t Neil Gaiman, I’m good.

  24. Anon says:

    Kinda like Chris’ hushed up affair with poor old Natalie Imbruglia?

  25. Lucy says:

    Luke Janklow?

  26. Maria says:

    to me it reeks of the usual “journalist wants to abuse his power and make people pay that dont work with them”.
    especially those highly stupid “if there is smoke there is fire” and “she has something to hide” BS.

    it amazes me how people immediatly buy what a magazine like Star says whose cover is practically always “Jen Aniston is pregnant” instead of seeing that its pretty much blackmail. do as we say or we will take you down.

    every celeb has the right to not work with certain magazines and why is it ok for them then to bully those who dont bend down to their wishes?

    star has NO proof of anything but they still strongly imply something very damaging.

    • HappyMom says:

      But it is rather intriguing that she went after VF with such intensity-I mean they’re usually pretty fluffy pieces. I know they went after Tom Cruise/Scientology but she doesn’t seem like she has anything Zenu-worthy to hide.

      • poppy says:

        ITA. apparently she does have something(s) to hide. she and VF used to have a very very good relationship, when she was under harvey weinstein’s thumb.

  27. Mandy says:

    Wow, looking at the old photos of Gwyneth shows how much she has aged. She used to look pretty decent. Looks like her “healthy” lifestyle has not treated her well over the years! And yes, I believe all of these rumors are probably true. Gwyneth and Chris’ marriage is all a facade. She would never get divorced, that’s for peasants!

    • HappyMom says:

      My friend’s brother did the lighting on a movie she did over 10 years ago-she looked a little “rough” even then despite whatever crap she tries to spin about having great skin.

    • Bird says:

      Well, those pictures are almost 20 years old! I have bad news for you – you are going to look older in 20 years ;-).

      • skyler1 says:

        I’m 45. My skin looks way better than hers. But then I didn’t smoke, subject myself to sun damage, and never had bulimia.

  28. Brooke says:

    LMAO off at the thought of Salman Rushie and GPoop together!! Very funny!

  29. toto says:

    There was a blind item few weeks back CDAN, which suggest her and some painter or sort of an artist, an old man in europe.
    I guess star picked that blind item and created a story around it.

    • nico says:

      How is a painter a “literary figure”?

    • Bird says:

      Yeah, that blind item points to artist Julian Schnabel, who interestingly looks a bit like an overweight version of Bruce Paltrow. Goop and Schnabel have also been linked together in the press and do know each other – she even hosted a dinner at his home in New York, if I remember correctly.

    • Andrea1 says:

      I remember reading that blind item too! People were rejoicing thinking it was Angelina jolie hoping for a split for her and Brad and it was later revealed to their disappointment to be Goop.

  30. deezee says:

    As soon as I saw the heading, I immediately thought “Please let it be Stephen King.” LOL

    • MollyB says:

      I would hate that just because he’s been married to the same woman forever (writer Tabitha King) and that would just make me sad.

      • deezee says:

        No not really. It was just the oddest combination I could think of where the author may still meet her snooty standards. Truthfully, I think Stephen King would turn HER down.

    • skyler1 says:

      Nah, Bret Easton Ellis would be a good match *snicker*. Stephen King would cringe at the Goop, and make up a horror story about it. That face is scary enough (Notice pictures like the above one never made it into People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ puff piece about Gwynnie.)

  31. Nev says:

    Yes I believe it could be true. Also I think her and Chris Martin are totally open.

    • Florc says:

      I thought this too. Wasn’t there a story when they got married that they would allow an affair, but only after they both pre approved the person? Gwyneth chose a musician Coldplay was touring with..?

  32. janie says:

    Uh oh… Princess Goop playing with someone outside her kingdom? Isn’t that for peasants? Be very careful putting ‘ yourself ‘ on that pedestal! Lol!

  33. chaine says:

    please please please let it be J.D. Salinger (I know he’s dead now, but it could have happened before then!)

  34. eliza says:

    Brad and his matching hair style and highlights was LOL funny back then and still is today. He was hot back then though. No denying that.

    • Celebitchin' says:

      Wasn’t his hair like that for Seven Years in Tibet?

      Anyway this looks like a juicy story. I would hate for my business to be exposed but hers would be an interesting read 🙂

    • Andrea1 says:

      Factz good question!!! They never get tired.

    • Bird says:

      Oh my freaking GOD, Factz. GIVE IT A REST.

    • Emily C. says:

      By all the gods and little fishes.

      I don’t like Jennifer Aniston. I don’t like Brad Pitt. I do like Angelina Jolie. It is entirely possible to dislike Brad Pitt, let alone his stupid hair, without having any opinion on whether or not he’s sticking his dick in Jennifer Aniston!

    • anon33 says:

      Factz, you do realize the comment was about him matching GOOP and not JenA, right?

      The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one. You’re clearly the one that won’t stop in this scenario.

    • Aras says:

      Am I missing something? It seemed like it was a genuine LOL not out of hayteee!!!11!1!, but just laughing at the style of hair. It’d be like laughing about how Jennifer Aniston looked like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie when pix surfaced of her in that awful wig for her movie.

      Can no one make fun of a bad hairstyle (even if it’s for a role) anymore?

    • JJ says:

      Brad (and Ben) looked like complete self absorbed douche bag idiots to me. Yuck how could she even get with those two?

  35. Emily C. says:

    Star is bad, boring fanfic 99% of the time, and I believe that’s what this is. However, I’m leaning toward believing there’s something behind this one — though not truth. The “tipster” is probably Goop’s publicist. Goop likes to pretend she’s so desirable, every man wants her, and she’s so smart and intellectual. An affair with “a literary figure” would fit right into that.

    Any man who touched Goop is tainted by association. I used to like Viggo. If he really did have an affair with this pill, I don’t any more.

    • Bird says:

      Yeah, it seems quite obvious that she had the tip of her nose slightly refined. However, you would be hard pressed to find an actress in Hollywood who hasn’t had work done on their nose. It seems to be quite the norm.

  36. seamstress says:

    Would Brett Easton Ellis stoop to Goop?

  37. Adrien says:

    I hope it’s Tucker Max. Or James Franco.

  38. Rhiley says:

    I vote Jonathan Franzen. No reason, really, just because he is New Yorky and people think he is brilliant (though I have yet to get through one of books) and he seems a little low key and casual and I really think this is how Goop likes her men.

    • Aras says:

      Another site I visit had some extra bits about the supposed affair with the literary figure, and my immediate guess was Franzen as well. He seems pretentious enough for her.

      And while I do have this “like/dislike” thing with Gwyneth, she doesn’t bother me too much. However, when she bothers me, she really annoys. So, the pretentious remark is mainly about like attracting like because oooooh, boy! is Franzen pretentious as all get out!

    • Ally8 says:

      Oh please. I like that Franzen had the guts to reject Oprah’s a-book-is-good-if-it-reminds-me-of-me book club.

      But if Oprah wasn’t good enough for him, I’m sure Gwyneth’s deep thoughts on outdoor pizza ovens aren’t either.

      • Rhiley says:

        On paper GP is an Oscar winning actress, a top selling “author,” a culinary who happens to also be besties with Jay Z, the greatest urban poet since Langston Hughes. It isn’t as far fetched as you may think. And, oh please, Oprah is the best thing to happen to a boob like Jonathan Frazen.

  39. Sara says:

    I would bet the Gwen and her husband have a bit of an open relationship, otherwise I think they would have divorced by now.

  40. marina says:

    Please only use that picture when doing GP stories in the future. Thanks a bunch!

  41. Monkey Towz says:

    John Hannah, Viggo, Brad! Helll, I don’t blame her. As long as she didn’t hit my man Alan Rickman, all is right with the world.

  42. mimi says:

    The Star??? Enough said. LOL

  43. respect says:

    Please not dave eggers..i will not accept that his bumped hers. He would be her type however. Awesome brilliant. Even her side pieces are flipping perfect.

  44. Irishae says:

    If “literary figure” translates to “cook book author” then let it be Mario Batali! Tracy Anderson and the thin brigade would never forgive her.

  45. rudy says:

    Ever since that video of Goop cutting off the school bus all I can think is “What a hypocrite!”. She cuts off the school bus which slams on its breaks, then her husband zooms right behind her. Both kids on back of each moped. She is a danger to her kids and obviously totally oblivious to whatever damage she causes in the world. She is all about goop all the time. Nothing we do or say will ever change anything about this awful person. God help her kids.

    • Dorothy says:

      You are exactly right. Just worry about her kids. That’s all anyone around her (and they are bailing bigime) cares about at this point. She is past any point of redemption. God help her kids alright.

  46. JBolivar92 says:

    I don’t really have a dog in this hunt, but pleaseohpleaseohPLEASE let it be James Ellroy!

  47. Coco2 says:

    This bleached actress is too pretentious!!

  48. d b says:

    I dunno. This whole VF story is fishy to me. First of all, I can’t recall the last VF celebrity profile I read was even slightly controversial. VF specializes in soft focus celeb interviews, that’s their thing. Unless the celeb in question is dead.

  49. Evadstructn says:

    The idea of Goop and Christopher Hitchens is hysterical.

  50. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    In the header pic GP looks just like Chris Martin.

  51. EscapedConvent says:

    It seems impossible to me that anyone, anyone at all, would have an affair with Goop.

    But….I also like the idea of Goop with Christopher Hitchens. If anyone could hand Goop’s pretentious ass to her, it would have been Hitchens.

    • ParisPucker says:

      I’ve met Christopher Hitchens and I can tell you that there is no way in hell this is true. First, he had homosexual tendencies (…a whispered acknowledged bit despite him being married w/offspring) They continued even after he was married…and it’s just hysterical to me that this incredible intellectual would be remotely attracted to vapid goop. No, no, nooooo, I tell you – there isn’t an iota of truth to this..

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I was only kidding about Hitchens! Of course he wouldn’t have anything to do with that idiot! Hitchens was a very smart man—I should think to try to have a conversation with Goop, he would have to be really, really *drunk*.

        Oh, wait…..

  52. lady_luck says:

    Can’t stand her. She’s always out to prove herself better than other. For so many years in hollywood during the 1990’s she played that whole “I am English, I have an accent, therefore I am so special” card, but now that English people over in the U.S are a dime a dozen she has to really upp the stakes. It reeks of desperation.

    As for the affairs, well Chris is just as guilty, so I think their marriage has turned into a bit of a tit for tatt, open sort of anything goes affair. Kinda sad really, as there is kids involved.