Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA neighbors think she’s rude, annoying & talentless


I was trying to find the first mention of this in our archives, but all I could find was the story about how Gwyneth Paltrow’s London neighbors hate her and think she’s a gauche, tacky American. But I do remember reading – months ago? – that Goop’s LA neighbors hate her too. I guess I just never wrote about it. The main complaint from Goop’s LA neighbors is that she and Chris Martin erected a huge black gate on their property which violated many of the community standards and/or zoning laws. The neighbors asked Gwyneth and Chris to take the gate down, but they did not. And now the neighbors are complaining to Radar:

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are staying civil post-split, but it’s a different matter entirely when it comes to their neighbors! has exclusively learned that the angry residents who live close to the couple’s $10 million mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles, have accused the pair of being the neighbors from hell — and now, Paltrow and Martin are even facing prosecution!

Paltrow and Martin bought the home in 2012. According to neighbors, Paltrow immediately planted four layers of huge fir trees surrounding the property and installed a huge nine-foot black gate that violated zoning laws in the posh neighborhood. A complaint was filed with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. But a year later, they still haven’t torn it down and their livid neighbors are demanding action.

The couple should have replaced it with a smaller gate within 45 days or incurred a $900 fine. A Los Angeles City Council spokesman said that for that particular property the height limitation is 3.5ft — more than five feet shorter than the one the couple currently has. But this is only the start of the list of complaints by neighbors, who have spent more than a year living next to what one described as a ‘building site.’

“There was always work being done at the house,” one neighbor reveals. “I only got annoyed when the workmen would illegally park in my driveway and they hadn’t even spoken to me about it.”

When faced with such issues, neighbors were forced to go through a middleman instead of approaching the famous duo directly.

“I spoke to a guy called Oliver who seems to deal with all their issues to do with their neighbors, the house and community,” the source says. “He sorted it. We never got to see Gwyneth; we’d only go through Oliver,” the source explains.

Other neighbors confirmed that Paltrow is barely seen in the neighborhood, despite saying in an interview last year that she was desperate to drag the family to Los Angeles so that their kids Apple and Moses could go swimming and ‘pick avocados.’ Instead, neighbors say it’s been Martin who’s been overseeing home base for the family.

“We used to see Chris walking the dogs,” neighbor Hilda McGonigle reveals. “He was a really nice guy. He was the one with the talent; she was the one just writing cook books. To some people, their issues might get on people’s nerves, but I personally didn’t care. I didn’t have much time for her, but I liked him.”

Now that the couple has split, another neighbor says, “It’s weird timing … he was building a studio in the back of the house, so it makes no sense he wanted to leave here. He seemed happy. But she wasn’t as popular with the street.”

In fact, some neighbors were even scared to speak about her on the record. One said fearfully, “I don’t want anything bad to happen to me, so I can’t say anything. Last time I did, then it was difficult, so now I don’t want any problems.”

McGonigle explains, “It’s a really active community, but we don’t see much of them. When they moved in they had Do Not Trespass signs put up at their school and all over their property. Then they had the big gates put in and four layers of trees. I actually felt bad for them, as there was so much media intrusion when they moved in, I had paparazzi blocking my way into my own drive. It got so bad the police got involved. There was no sense of privacy, but I know it annoyed the neighbor next door.”

Still, she insists that the couple should take down the gate, even as they focus on their divorce. She insists, “It’s against the zoning laws to do it, as it ruins the sense of community if everyone had those gates.”

[From Radar]

Is this just typical sexist BS? It seems like Chris was the one around more and actually talking to the neighbors and Gwyneth was the one with her nose in the air, ignoring the peasantry and so she got blamed for all of the neighbors’ complaints when it was really about Chris and Gwyneth BOTH? Now, all that being said… yes, it wouldn’t kill Gwyneth to deign to speak to her peasant neighbors or to work out some of the issues people have with the big, ugly gate.



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  1. Beatrice says:

    The Gates of Mordor?

  2. blue marie says:

    Going strictly by the headline… her neighbors aren’t the only ones that think that way, I live on the east coast and could have told you the same thing.

    • mimif says:

      The jokes write themselves. 😀

    • paola says:

      I thought i was her neighbor cause they stole the words right out of my mouth!

    • poppy says:


    • gefeylich says:

      Exactly. But why aren’t her neighbors grateful for her lofty presence and incredible, hard-working example? She can teach them so much! GOD – some people just don’t know when a GIFT lands practically in their laps. Peasants.

    • FLORC says:

      My neighbors are about them same. We put up a modest stressed wood fence for a rustic, cottage look and there was talk. My husband can be much more chatty than I so I was viewed as more snooty one who avoided the neighbors even though it was a joint decision.

      A 9foot gate does not compare to my 3+foot fence, but neighbors will always bicker over the smallest thing.
      Also, East Coast on private street. Private area neighbors are the worst to new neighbors.

      • Sacred And Profane says:

        The neighbour on one side had to do some extensive excavation work to rectify a very serious sewerage problem when he bought the house. The neighbour on the other side complained to the local council that the guy was peering into his kitchen while operating his huge excavator. He was told there was nothing they could do, so he erected a huge timber frame, about 10′ high, and covered it with dark shade cloth, so the guy could no longer peer in to his kitchen. Really? It’s not like Excavator Man was concentrating on what Kitchen Man was doing with his kale and avocados – he was focused on operating a huge, expensive machine to get a job done. Next, Kitchen Guy erected a lovely big outdoor room (you can buy them in kit form) attached to the side of his house. I understand the need for this, with a toddler and baby part of the family now. He was supposed to consult with the neighbours to ascertain if they had any objections to him erecting this structure, especially me, as, being higher up, I can see directly into his yard. No such letter was forthcoming, so I asked a friend, who works at the council, to check it out, on the quiet. He does not have permission to erect that room/verandah, so therefore, it’s an illegal structure. I could rob him in, but do I care? Not the least little bit.

        My point is, neighbours can also be paranoid, nitpicky and downright nasty. He had no hesitation in reporting Excavator Guy, even though he’d gone through all the right channels and had the appropriate paperwork to carry out his excavations, yet Kitchen Guy then blatantly flouts the council restrictions.

  3. Esmom says:

    I don’t know, the neighbors sound kinda like busybody a-holes, who are bitter they didn’t get closer to their new A list neighbors. I’m not saying Goop is blameless but this seems a bit over the top.

    • ds says:

      Ageed. I also had situations like that with my neighbors when they were working on their house; it happens to everyone, we just didn’t run to gossip papers ; ) And I don’t hate the gate.

    • Sullivan says:

      I agree. Plus, what does Gwyneth’s or Chris’s talent have to do with anything going on in the neighborhood?

      • Kitty Cat says:

        Yes to all of you ^. It’s an attractive gate and I’m sorry that now you can’t peek in while you’re walking your dogs. And pray tell: what talents do you have to offer?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree the neighbors sound petty, especially about annoyances during construction, which are just part of it and hard to avoid, but the gate is another thing. When you buy a property, you agree, legally, to abide by the zoning restrictions in the area and, in some cases, community bylaw restrictions. The gate is illegal, and if you let one person do it, then anyone else can too because you have effectively waived the restriction. If G and C believed they needed that gate for security, they should have found a neighborhood where it’s allowed. It’s not fair to their neighbors to move in and change the aesthetics of the neighbor just to meet your own needs, and expect everyone to be happy about it just because you’re famous.

      • AG-UK says:

        They should have moved to Calabasas (LOL)more house for your money and ALL gated but then you have the likes of Bieber and Kardashians… umm don’t think that would suit her. A lot have gates in that area but you want them sort of uniformed not 5 ft/9ft/7ft aesthetically looks better all the same height.

      • Bridget says:

        I agree on both counts as well. The neighbors come across as sounding petty. From what it sounds like,.the Paltrow-Martins have some pretty legitimate privacy concerns so the trees and gate are understandable. But what I don’t understand is why they would purchase a property that wasn’t properly zoned for their desired gate. It’s not like that’s information that isn’t disclosed ahead of time. That said, that’s not unusual for rich people – plenty of other wealthy people purchase homes or property figuring they can just work around zoning laws, though I want to say it doesn’t work that well typically.

      • My2Pence says:

        I agree, they should abide by the covenants of the neighborhood. Everyone else who lives there (many of them famous) agreed to the rules so these two should as well. According to that DM article above:

        “Other celebrity residents, including Harrison Ford and Oliver Stone, have managed to keep gates within the required height restrictions.”

        They think they need the gate because they are more at risk and have more security issues than Oliver Stone?

      • FLORC says:

        Isn’t that what Taylor Swift did with her RI beach property? She threw money in all the right places to over ride the zoning and erected her wall?

        And as far as Gwyneth goes.. There’s some legitimacy to her concern. Refering to the pap who climbed over a privacy fence to take nude pics of her and brad. It was completely illegal, but the pics are online and easy to find years later. Maybe she walks around naked all day? If Ford and Stone don’t do that she does then yes, she has larger privacy concerns. Just playing devils advocate here.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        FLORC, I’m not saying she doesn’t need to take more precautions to guard her privacy than say, I do. I’m just saying that if you need a 10 foot wall, don’t move into a neighborhood where 10 foot walls are specifically prohibited and erect one anyway. Find a property where 10 foot walls are allowed. That’s all.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Taylor Swift abided by every zoning board law. She had her architects and site managers meet with the board on several occasions before the first shovelful of dirt was removed. The zoning board asked Swift if she was willing to rebuild a large ocean bar wall that had been demolished during hurricane Sandy. She agreed, which reportedly added $40K to the reno bill.
        Her neighbors had a problem with Swift closing off a footpath to the beach that ran across her property. The previous owners had no problem with the beachgoers using the path so everyone got used to it and talked crap to anyone who would listen when Swifty refused to let the townies stroll across her property.
        The Paltrow-Martins are actually violating the zoning board’s gate height restrictions so they have no recourse. Their neighbors still sound like whiny asses though.

      • Bridget says:

        @damesnark – with Taylor Swift’s RI property, I thought the problem was that the beach access path cut near the line of her property but that her security was blocking access anyway?

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Yes and no. During low tide anyone can access the public portion of the public access to the beach. The problem was that during high tide people would scamper onto her property to make skirting the high water mark easier. It seems petty but not when you consider that the property belongs to her and she has the right to maintain it and guarantee the personal security of herself, her family and her interests. Her whining neighbors didn’t exactly volunteer to dig up their rhododendrons to accomodate the beachgoers. And Swift has had more than one high threat level stalker. I don’t like diva moves but on this I don’t blame her.

    • lauren says:

      Totally agree. Most of the time Gwyneth Paltrow is out of her mind but this time her neighbours just sound bitter and catty. I mean it´s only a gate. They clearly have too much time on their hands, if they can get worked up over this. To be honest, I can understand that they don´t want everyone else peeking on their property

    • lili says:

      did their neighbors really complain about them Planting Trees? seriously?

    • MonicaQ says:

      And this is why I’m looking at houses without HoAs. People so damn nosey, all up in your business. We rented in one and we had no less than 3 people call the cops because “suspected drug dealers were going in and out of the property” when we were *moving*.

      Finally a cop shows up and says, “Look, the old people keep calling and the sheriff sent me out. But they’re 70+, you’re black, your husband has tattoos and is a giant and bald, and all the people helping you are under thirty and are multiple ethnicities. I know you’re moving. If you have any problems, call us. Have a good night.”

      Nicest cop I’ve ever met. And STILL the HoA President stopped by every week the year we lived there “just to see how we were settling in”. We moved after a year.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        What a bunch of jerks. I’m so sorry that happened to you, and I’m glad you got out of there.

      • RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

        Wow. Disgusting. Im so sorry Monica Q.
        My family and I lived in a development once we moved out in less than a year. The neighbors were so intrusive and busybodies, gossiping trouble makers we couldnt take it. Never again!

    • Isadora says:

      Exactly my thoughts!! I don’t really care about Gwyneth Paltrow, but those neighbours… ugh… I don’t really get it why socializing with your neighbours is so crucial. I mean, yes, don’t get in each others hair more than you need to and you probably greet someone one the street, but that’s it for me. *shrug* But I was born and raised in a big city and I actually love the relative anonymity that comes with it (in fact it’s a lot less anonymous in my area than I would prefer), so I’m probably biased…

    • Jem says:

      The neighbors are being petty, but the fact remains: if she were a more likeable person, this kind of thing might not register at all.

    • Pinot grigio says:

      I totally agree. I’m not a goopy fan but the neighbors seem like they are the “neighbors from hell”

    • Lauren says:

      The uppity neighbours seem just as annoying as Goop. I would be so grateful just to live in a gorgeous neighborhood such as this one. I would gladly live in a Brentwood treehouse to experience this privileged lifestyle. The Goop hate mongering is hilarious. She pisses off just about everyone. Meanwhile, the snotty neighbours like casual Chris and sing praises about him. No one can Fix Goop.

    • Godwina says:

      Those gates are a dime a dozen in celeb hoods. Sounds like manufactured drama to me–the worst kind.

  4. Anne says:

    Beautiful children. That’s all I can say.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    Cry me a river, said anyone who had to live near Justin Bieber.

  6. Audrey says:

    That gate is hideous. But can’t have regular people peeking in.

    I know that all I ever want to do with my free time is find ways to spy on them. What more could you want from life?

  7. paola says:

    Finally someone said it out loud: she is talentless.
    I think she never deserved the Oscar and I can barely remember her in any film. I’m sure if she wasn’t the daughter of her famous parents she wouldn’t be (have been) an A list actress.

    • Totally. I saw Shakespeare In Love a few years ago–she seriously won an Oscar for that, over Cate Blanchett? I would’ve been slut shanking a b-tch if I had been Cate….the wonders of Harvey Weinstein.

      The more I hear about Goop, the less I think she’s harmless (well, in the grand scheme of things, almost every celeb is), and the more I want to slap her face when I see a picture of her.

      I mean, seriously, talk about sexism–if Jerry Seinfield was pulling crap like this, would the majority of the media be laughing it off, or would they be calling him out?

      • Monkey Towz says:

        You’re preaching to the choir on that one VG. Cate deserved that Oscar. But she has had a much better career, which shows that those awards don’t mean anything.
        Goop’s ill-fitting dress & acceptance speech were painful to all the senses as well.

    • vava says:

      I didn’t think her performance warranted an Oscar, either. The only thing I really remember about her was that pink Calvin Klein dress she had on that made her look flat chested. The dress was fine, but not on HER.

      She really was only in the limelight IMO when she was engaged to Brad Pitt. It was all downhill after that. Brad was lucky to get away from her, that’s for sure.

      • paola says:

        That pink dress and that hairdo with the hair swept on a side and glued to her head were such a bad choice.
        That color on her was awful and her square jaw was the only thing I could see!

    • Nicolette says:

      Count me in. I saw Shakespeare In Love after she won, and I thought it was boring as hell. I do love Shallow Hal, but as with Jen Aniston it’s not because of her, it’s because of the rest of the cast and the writing. And her neighbors are not thinking anything we haven’t. They pretty much hit the nail on the head.

  8. Miffy says:

    “Is it sexist?”
    Whaaaaaat?!?? Seriously? No, it’s not. I know sexism has been a provocative buzz word on here lately but no, it doesn’t apply here. Elitist ass-holery transcends gender.

    • Luca26 says:

      I think it is. I dislike her but they BOTH own the home so they both should get the blame for the gate.

    • I would say they’re projecting it onto her, because she has been snooty and elite towards them–while Chris has not. It would’ve been the same deal if it had been Chris, instead of Goop ignoring them.

      • paola says:

        I might sound unpopular but I really don’t believe in friendship between neighbours. Plus as a famous person you can trust no one.. indeed these people went to the closest journalist to spill the beans.
        They bought a property and they have to live in it they and don’t HAVE to be friends with every single person living around them. To me it seems like the neighbours are really nosy and they want to be inside that gate and not just look at it from the outside. Other than that if they have to pay only a 900$ fine to keep the gate on in order to protect their privacy than i’m sure they’d rather spend the money on fines. Is it right to ignore the rules? Of course not. But I would do the same to protect my kids and myself from paparazzi and nosy people.

      • I’m not saying that they all have to be friends, and skip into the sunset together, holding hands. But Goop and Chris built a big ass gate, that is against the zoning laws in their neighborhood. Goop and Chris have barely lived in the house, but they always have construction going on–disrupting everyone else’s lives around them. I don’t find the neighbors to be star struck—they’ve laid out their complaints, and the only time one of them mentioned the celebrity aspect was when the paparazzi were stalking them.

        Maybe, just maybe, they’d like to have neighbors that actually talk to them, when there’s an issue, instead of sending a fellow peasant to do so.

        Also–if they wanted privacy THAT badly, then they would’ve picked a house/neighborhood that was already gated, to keep the paps OUT. If Justin Bieber can do so, so can the Paltrow-Martins.

      • Em says:

        But Virgilla it doesn’t seem like they actually met her. It sounds like they are pissed that she wasn’t part of their community. Which to be fair is her choice. I don’t doubt that she is aloof but on the other hand there is no obligation to be part of a neighbourhood community be one a famous person of not. Chris may have been nice and polite whilst walking the dog but he was presumably still part of erecting the gate and having work done on the house. ( he was building a studio) You can be nice and still do those things that neighbors don’t like, think they sound catty and a wee bit sexist. It’s not like Chris and Gwyneth were throwing eggs at their house or having all night parties. A lot of us have lived next door to someone who is having work done on their house. It’s nothing extraordinarily special.

      • paola says:

        ‘and skip into the sunset together’ ROFL!

        I really dislike Goop I don’t even know why i’m trying to see reason behind her choices!

      • I’m not saying she needs to be friendly with the neighbors….I’m saying that if one of the neighbors has an issue with her (or her gate, as it seems that they did), then they deserve that either SHE or CHRIS come out and talk to them–instead of sending someone else to do it. Which, it sounds like every time the neighbors tried to talk to Goop about the gate (maybe Chris was away touring??), they said that she sent someone else to talk to them, while resolving NOTHING. I think that that’s rude.

        Again–I don’t think that they’re pissed because she wasn’t trying to be best friends (they say that they said hi to Chris Martin, and spoke a few times–which is about the same that I have with my neighbors–not best friends, but we talk), they’re pissed because she won’t even deign to speak to them when there is a legitimate issue that they need to speak about, as ADULTS. If Goop/Chris didn’t want to deal with neighbors who wanted to talk to them about their gate, then they need to move somewhere where a big gate is already part of the landscape.

  9. Kiddo says:

    I can see the neighbors being pissed about the special treatment she got from the municipality, but the talentless part was an unnecessary pile-on, bordering on childish. It read like, “We’re mad you’re getting away with bypassing regulations. And by the way, nobody likes you, everybody hates you”.

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    • Kitty Cat says:

      Very childish.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agreed – every right to complain about the gate if it doesn’t meet the zoning laws, and it should be changed if it doesn’t, but all the other stuff is petty.

    • TheCountess says:

      +1. The rush to pile on the hate is disturbing.

      • Godwina says:

        Agree. I don’t think much of G and C but I think even less of mob pile-ons. Too highschool, man.

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    • Nina W says:

      I agree, and to run to the tabloids over such petty complaints seems very immature. I had a neighbor who kept little dogs and never, in more than five years living there, did she pick up after them. You can imagine how delightful it was to be in our backyard on a summer evening with the overwhelming stench of dog doo wafting through the air. These neighbors of G & C, in their nice neighborhood, with lots of space, have nothing much to complain about.

  10. Penny says:

    Well honestly, if I were famous and thought my neighbours were the type to tell these types of petty tales to the press, I’d be putting up a big gate too.

    I’ve lived in some places where a lot of famous people live, and basic decency says you don’t talk to reporters about them. It’s different if it’s Justin Bieber and the neighbours are commenting on police reports they made or whatever, but otherwise it’s just a lousy thing to do, and it would seem Gwyneth was smart not to get friendly with these people since they have no qualms about doing it.

  11. decorative item says:

    I love gates and fences, the taller the better. And black is my favorite colour, so needless to say I think it’s magnificent! If not a bit too small.

  12. Monkey Towz says:

    I love her casual style. I can only zoom in so far but I think I have one of the necklaces she’s wearing. And Apple is beautiful. I hope she doesn’t grow up to be an asshole like her mom. (Or her dad)

  13. NewWester says:

    Considering how some celebrities act around their neighbours( side eye to Justin Beiber) why do they live in these gated communities?
    They have the money to go buy a island or live in a more secluded area. As for work, most are away for weeks at a time for work or as Goop pointed out she only works a few weeks a year, so it does not matter where they live.
    Maybe it is so the children can be closer to school, but there are many children that live in non urban areas and still get a education. Plus in the case of the celebs they can afford tutors or send their children away to school. People are just strange

    • eliza says:

      Why should celebrity children be sent away or tutored at home? Are they pariahs? Lol.

  14. Poppy Q says:

    I`m actually starting to feel a bit sorry for Gwyneth.She seems to be getting the lions share of the blame for this break up when I`m pretty sure Chris was the one who cheated first (Kate Bosworth).She probably felt like all bets were off after that, what`s good for the goose.

    • Kiddo says:

      I think she spent the most time making it (the relationship) part of ‘the brand’. There were probably songs written about Gwyneth by Chris, but he didn’t seem to promote himself that way.

  15. rachael says:

    When they moved in they had Do Not Trespass signs put up at their school and all over their property.
    Huh?? I’m having trouble imagining Gwyneth hauling signs over to the kids’ school and hanging them up. Wouldn’t that be the school’s prerogative to put up signs?

  16. eliza says:

    I am no Goopy apologist but it seems as if these complaints are somewhat petty. Is she supposed to be baking cookies and dropping off baskets full to neighbors as gifts? I would be THRILLED with neighbors planting trees. As for workers and parking , my parents lived with that kind of intrusion by a couple building a home the size (and looks) of a steamship for EIGHT years. The best thing is to approach the project manager and discuss it with them and establish boundries. My parents, to this day have never seen the couple who built the giant dry land ship home and they are not crying over it.

    I personally, like my privacy. Familiarity breeds contempt. Lol.

    • idk says:

      So agree, I like privacy too. I can’t stand nosy neighbors who are always in your business. I just like waving and saying “hi” and leave it at that.

      • Chrissy says:

        Me too! If I could legally have an 8 foot fence
        around my back yard, I would have one. Privacy
        is very important to me and I get offended if
        someone is looking over the fence into my yard
        when I’m out there gardening or entertaining.
        To me the front is the more public space but
        beyond the back gate is my space!

  17. Eleonor says:

    “In fact, some neighbors were even scared to speak about her on the record. One said fearfully, “I don’t want anything bad to happen to me, so I can’t say anything. Last time I did, then it was difficult, so now I don’t want any problems.”
    Now this is the most interesting part: Gwyneth is a bully mean girl from high school.
    And please Chris Martin has been married to her for 10 years I don’t think he is that better.

    • Nina W says:

      Oh please, that comment is such BS. What exactly is that weak boned woman going to do to her neighbor? Anybody “scared” of the wrath of GP needs to have their head examined, she’s about as intimidating as my 98 year old grandmother.

  18. Nigel says:

    I would add pretentious and has the personality of dry toast

  19. Bea says:

    “Gwyneth Paltrow’s …. she’s rude, annoying & talentless”

    And water is wet.

  20. Melody says:

    Hilda McGonigle – are we sure J.K. Rowling isn’t their neighbor and just assuming a false name?

  21. mkyarwood says:

    Sounds like a bunch of rich people complaining about another rich person? Prosecution? Seriously?

  22. Angelica says:

    What I wouldn’t do for the problems in the life of Gwyneth and Co.

    See my neighbors are a handicapped lady with a destructive dog, a couple who go from sugary sweet to car door-slamming, glass-breaking, screaming matches, and the biggest pieces of poo parents that let their ages 13-19 kids drink and vandalize the universe. Do I dislike them? Not all of them…but I’m just pointing out that us mere mortals deal with neighborhood issues that kick these folks’ issues’ butts!

  23. videli says:

    Hilda McGonigle has an awesome name and she should write a book on how to shade in style. ‘I didn’t have much time for her’ is the most passive aggressive bitching ever. And that gate is crying for a graffiti artist.

  24. Aria says:

    Her image is mostly damaged (?) in US and UK. In South America, she’s barely known as Brad Pitt ex girlfriend and Iron Man girlfriend. When I told my husband she was getting a divorce, he didn’t know she was married in the first place. He was shocked when I told him her future ex husband was CM.

  25. Tippy says:

    Seems counterproductive to have an 8′ wall around your property with only a 3′ gate.

    Tom & Giselle had a moat built around their CA mansion.

  26. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Just “writing cookbooks”, and it’s even not like she wrote those cookbooks all by herself from what I remember.

  27. idk says:

    Am I the only one that loves her black gate? Maybe because I love privacy. But, it should meet the bylaws. They can’t just do whatever they want. There are rules in place for a reason. We had someone in our neighborhood who wanted to build something larger than permitted. The township sent letters to everyone asking if anyone had objection to it. No one did, so they let them build it.

  28. Snowpea says:

    “…she was the one just writing cook books…” neighbor Hilda McGonigle reveals

    Ummmmm this right here is SOLID GOLD. Are we sure “Hilda McGonigle” isn’t Mrs Mangel in disguise?

    *sigh* I live for this kind of gossip. Bored, rich people poking their noses in other people’s business. GP is giant pain in the bum but these neighbours are hilarious busybodies.

  29. Bella says:

    I dont get the necessary socializing with neighbors,I myself dont socialize at all with mine, not because I dont like them Im just an introvert. I like my close group of friend and I HATE with passion small talk. Maybe people could see me like stuck up, snobby, serious or whatever wich Im not Im just a bit shy and feel uncomfortable doing small chater with people who are not close to me.

    • Nina W says:

      Well I’m shy and live very quietly but I do know my neighbors to say hello. I think it’s important to know your neighbors, at least casually, and keep an eye out for each other. I’m lucky though and we have nice neighbors, it’s just random luck, some neighbors are awful to live near.

  30. Amy says:

    Living next to construction isn’t exactly out of the ordinary. With the number of homes being torn down in my town with McMansions being built in their place, I would say most of the residents in my town live right next to or in the vicinity of a construction site. The same happened to us when a contractor bought the house next door to ours, tore it down, and rebuilt a McMansion (I do believe it is 7000 square feet inside, my mom and I visited the inside during an open house when they sold it because we are nosy).

    Anyways in order to build the basement, they had to dynamite (yes you read that right, they used dynamite) part of the property because in my neighborhood all the houses are pretty much sitting on top of bedrock, making it hard to build into the ground (no fancy pools here). The contractor did warn us all in the neighborhood about the dynamite (probably required by law anyway) but we were never around to hear it because I was at school and my parents were working. By the time I would get home, the construction workers would already be gone. However, we could always tell when they had used dynamite because my dog would be in such a state when we’d get home, all freaked out and very clingy. The force of the dynamite did end up breaking something next to our chimney but I think the contractor ended up paying for it to be fixed.

    I think Gwyneth’s neighbors don’t have much to complain about if it’s just a high fence that is ruffling their feathers.