Gwyneth Paltrow wanted to ‘keep pretending’ that her marriage was working


We have some sad news and some funny news about Gwyneth Paltrow today. I believe the sad story and I think the funny story is too good to be true, but if it is true… Gwyneth is hilariously delusional, which is why it might be true. Let’s start with the sad story, which is in this morning’s Page Six.

Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t want to go public with her “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin. She wanted to keep pretending to the world that they were still together, sources tell me.

“It was his idea to announce the split. They had drifted apart, and there was no chance they’d get back together, so he felt it was wrong to keep pretending,” said one gossip.

Now Paltrow is upset.

Most people believe it was her fault the marriage ended because of her alleged links to real-estate mogul Jeffrey Soffer and entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn.

Martin, who didn’t lose his virginity until he was 22, seems to be the innocent naïf who couldn’t keep up with an entitled Hollywood princess.

[From Page Six]

Throughout their marriage, Chris mentioned in several interviews that he was not very experienced with women and I think Gwyneth was only his second or third girlfriend ever. He was/is a late bloomer, which might explain his infidelities (have you ever met someone who only became desirable later in life?). Plus, I believe that Gwyneth would have been fine having a pretend marriage. For Gwyneth, all that matters is how things LOOK, not how they ARE. She’s like that about her health and body too. She doesn’t actually want to BE healthy, she just wants to be thin and have a good body. Sad.

Now for the funny story. From Radar:

Who is Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite actress? Probably herself! As new details emerge about how the actress’ ego may have played a part in her split from Chris Martin, only has the cringe-worthy details of just how out of control her self-love can get.According to an insider, Paltrow recently tried to re-live her glory days by inviting her family and friends to her home and making them watch her old blockbusters!

Paltrow “totally embarrassed herself” last summer by holding a private “Goop Film Festival” event at her ultra-lush Hamptons estate, an insider tells Radar exclusively.

“After the massive success of Iron Man 3, Gwyneth started hosting regular screenings of some of her old 90′s hits,” the source explains, “including Seven, Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love.”

But it wasn’t just a night of entertainment for her invited guests. The weary pal recalls, Paltrow asked her captive audience “what works about the movies.”

“Gwyneth is really just trying to re-live her glory days,” the friend says. “The truth is, if you look at her schedule, she’s just not a full-time actor anymore, but she still wants to be treated like a screen legend.”

And though her pals were subjected to the Goop-y screenings the source says one person managed to skip the show — her now-estranged husband.

“She’s been trotting out the old movies for her friends, but most of them would rather watch paint dry,” the source explains. “It was pretty embarrassing and interestingly Chris never hung around to watch.”

[From Radar]

Is this true? You be the judge. I’m 50/50 on it. It sounds like something that could have started innocently enough, like one of Goop’s friends saying that they had never watched Sliding Doors or Shakespeare in Love, and Goop was like, “Hey, we should do a screening!” Or maybe Gwyneth thought that her friends would enjoy a seminar in Gooping On Screen. Reel to Reel: The Goop Years. Sliding Goop. Sky Captain and the Goop of Tomorrow. A Goopy Murder. The Royal Goopenbaums. I could do this all day, just FYI. The Goopiversary Party. And then as a palate cleanser, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Goop.

Goop was out at the Chateau Marmont last night too:


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  1. BooBooLaRue says:

    Just like she wants to keep pretending she is talented.

    • nora says:

      I find that it is not a bad actress I saw her two or three times in films (two lovers, Sliding Doors) but s is too dispersed, and I think some people aspire to be more stars than true artists they eventually perdrent

      • Hmmm says:

        She was great in Sliding Doors, also in Hard Eight, Proof and Sylvia. She is very talented actually, chose some really intersting movies early in her career. Unfortunately those small movies gems are little known.

  2. PS says:

    Does she have an emergency wine glass in her car?

  3. Hissyfit says:

    Goop film festival? Lmao!

    • Arock says:

      Now I’m going to be doing that title thing all day. Dances with Goop, Goopbusters, Like Water for Goop, Saving Private Goop, The English Goop…
      I could go on forever……

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Along Came Goop, Private Goop, From Here to Goopernity, Forrest Goop, Seven Goop’s for Seven Brothers…

      • mimif says:

        Goop, Interrupted.

      • Jaded says:

        Midnight in the Garden of Goop and Evil, The Goop-Bye Girl, The Goop The Bad and The Ugly, Das Goop, Citizen Goop…

      • Assistant Rachel says:

        Supergoop, The 40 year old Goop, Legends of the Goop, The Curious Case of Goop…

      • TrustMOnThis says:

        Throw Goop from the Train. The Goopies. Almost Goop. A License to Goop. Goopfall. Legally Goop…

    • badrockandroll says:

      Sunset Goopavard … it’s just the pictures that got small!

    • Jigli says:

      Jaded wins hands down! 🙂

    • DIANE says:

      The Goop From Another World, War of the Goops, The Day the Goop Stood Still, AG: Artificial Goop, Erin Goopovich, Dreamgoops, Rosemary’s Goopy, Goopfellas, The Goopinator, geezus it’s limitless.

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        Lord of the Goop, The Goopfather, Citizen Goop, Gone with the Goop, Snow White and the 7 Goops… this is fun!

  4. nora says:

    I think that’s what vanity fair wanted out; it makes me more think about the girl girl gone (Gillian flynn)

  5. raindrop says:

    The Royal Tennenbaums is brilliant, definitely my favorite Gwyneth role. Which isn’t surprising considering that the character of Margot is icy, reserved, and emotionally constipated.

    • launicaangelina says:

      I came here to simply comment that I love The Royal Tenenbaums too! Everyone was great in that film.

    • Violet says:

      That movie is amazing and Goop is fantastic as Margot. Her best role to date.

    • Dana m says:

      Wes Anderson is a genius.

      • Dreamyk says:

        He has such a unique, whimsical style. I love Wes. I wish Tim Burton would get back to the business of making whimsical movies, too.

        The Grand Budapest Hotel was a great movie but the ending felt a bit abrupt. I loved it, though 🙂

  6. Candy Love says:

    I believe part of the first story. I think they BOTH were sleeping around and Chris is the one that what to announce It and Goop want to keep pretending they were this big happy family.

    As for the second story Goop is pretentious enough to do something like that.

  7. Tiffany says:

    The first story I believe. I got around to reading People with their split on the cover and the approved source says they have been pretty much separated and leading separate lives the last three years. She is all about letting us peasants know that divorce is not for the upper crust.

    • Becky says:

      What’s curious is that wiith B and J, they often hung out as a couple. Were they all friends? Or was it Chris and jay?
      I wish we could get beyonce’s secret genuine reaction to everything: Kim and kanyes wedding, goop….

      • Tiffany says:

        Jay Z and Chris are friends and Bey and Goop became friends by association. I believe Goop and Bey have more in common than we all realize.

      • Candy Love says:

        What I want to know is what happened? They went from ass kiss each other in interviews to Goop going to their concerts posting pictures and then nothing. They stop talking about each other, hanging out and Goop stop tweeting about uncle J and Aunt B.

        It’s like Madonna all over again they were buddy buddy one minuet and they weren’t .

      • justlooking says:

        Chris and jay stopped “hanging out” Bey and Gwyn stopped “hangin out” but Jay and Gwyn kept hanging out. make of that what you will

  8. aims says:

    That’s a sad state if you have to push your achievements on others to make yourself feel better. Her esteem must be in the crapper. Maybe all this pretentious and borderline eating disorder is because she’s over compositing.

    That is interesting about Chris. I didn’t know he was a little inexperienced and a late bloomer.

  9. Loopy says:

    Is “conscious uncoupling” like the new ‘wardrobe malfunction’ lol

  10. Jane says:

    Poor Gwyneth. I think the ‘weary pal’ is being a tad bitchy. If this is true, and she really is asking people to re-watch her old movies and tell her what they think works about them, it sounds more like she’s re-evaluating her career than trying to relive her glory days.

  11. Wilma says:

    I don’t even think the screenings are that crazy if she really asked her friends to tell her what worked about those movies. She probably wants to do better movies and is looking for direction, why not ask your friends, why not use your better movies as a point of reference?

    I would love to find out how much of the stuff we read about Goop is really true and how much is just about the public persona she has become.

  12. Abbicci says:

    Holy Shit Snacks! Did she leave the house without flat ironing her hair?

    Stop the presses bitches! That is news. The Paltrow -Martins being ego-maniacal, cheating dbags is not news. Non-flatironed Goops is freaking NEWS

  13. K.B. says:

    The ridiculous public vitriol towards Gwyneth has made me start liking her (thanks for that, people. I disliked Gwyneth long before you all jumped on the bandwagon), but if it is true that she wanted to keep pretending her marriage was fine, that makes me feel bad for her. Also, I doubt that Gwyneth had a film festival that consisted of her own movies is true because that’s way too narcissistic for someone like her to do. I get that she seems insufferable, but people should direct their anger/mocking towards more-deserving targets. Sorry Gwyneth doesn’t condescend to people the way Reese Witherspoon does.

    • I wouldn’t feel too bad for her. She wasn’t some long suffering wife, who just took her husband’s infidelities, and sat at home and took care of the kids. She got hers. And if I was going to say who did it first, I would say Goop (because of her past history), but I don’t think it matters who cheated first in this scenario. They were both always going to cheat. And I don’t feel bad for people who know that their marriage is a dud, keep pretending for years anyway, and then try to sling mud at their ex when they finally divorce….so, I don’t feel bad for either of them.

      *Well, I do feel bad for Chris, a little, because I’ve read that Goop is very controlling, and on top of that she’s an asshole with zero self awareness, so who knows how she treated him. I have an aunt the same way—all she does is run her boyfriend down….if he does something she doesn’t like, then she goes all out on him.

      • Mimi says:

        Note how Radar is the source called upon for the majority of pro-Chris/anti Gwyneth stories?
        Who of us knows what she wanted to do and why?
        Why speculate based upon one biased source?

        Might as well be chatting about the lack of global warming from Fox News as a solo source next…

  14. Santolina says:

    Keeping up appearances is something you learn early in wealthy, privileged society. Only peasants have the luxury of being authentically themselves. Unfortunately, “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

  15. Tadzio says:

    I believe the first story because in that business IMAGE is everything. Most of them fake it til they make it and then when they make it they fake it to make the public believe they have these picture perfect lives (that we the public are supposed to envy). It’s kind of like the high school quarterback or head cheerleader who can’t move forward in their lives and are always trying to relive (in their own minds) those glory days of high school (when they are 40 years old). It’s so sad to watch.

    Gwyneth Paltrow was really good in Hush, Great Expectations, The Perfect Murder, and my favorite The Royal Tennenbaums (her character in that movie actually seemed like to me this would be who she really is in real life). I like her mother also.

    • SallyJay says:

      Absolutely, Tadzio. Image is ALL. Gwyneth is a good actress though, and I don’t think she gets enough credit for that. She was great in Proof and The Talented Mr. Ripley too. Her career has taken such a strange trajectory, though, from Oscar bait movies to a second rate tv show. It’s bizarre that she’s on Glee, really.

      • Violet says:

        Right? She has acting chops and is very good depending on the movie. But I think one of the problems with her is that he public persona has overtaken her image as an actress.

  16. ~Z~ says:

    This does not surprise me AT ALL….
    I wonder if she calls her affairs “unconscious coupling”…

  17. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    Wait….which was the funny story and which was the sad one?

  18. Sam says:

    I feel bad for her… I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the fact that she cares so much what people think about her that she is willing to be miserable if it means people envy her. I imagine her to be like Mark Wahberg in The Big Hit, in that the very thought of someone not liking something about her sends her running to a bottle of antacid. I know its probably more like, “What am I doing wrong that these peasants don’t like me!?! What more can I do???” But the fact that she is so worried about her image is depressing. I hope breaking from Martin doesn’t send her running into another mans arms who can then help define her. She needs to be alone for a while and find herself buried under all that baggage she carries around.

    • Candy Love says:

      How is she being miserable if she out sleeping around too?

      • Sam says:

        I think that’s kind of the point. I don’t imagine happy people sneak around and sleep with someone else when they are married. So instead of just ending the relationship and being actually happy somewhere else she was willing to hold onto this facade that everything is okay when both of them were busy sneaking around with someone else.

  19. Esmom says:

    I believe she may have wanted to hang on to her marriage — as people said initially, why break up now when you’ve been hanging on this long already?

    The “film festival” story sounds completely fabricated to me. It fits too nicely with the “insufferable” narrative that has come to surround Goop and sounds like someone was reaching to come up with something — anything — to top what’s already out there.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agree – I think the film story is made up by some tabloid outlet because OMG isn’t Goop Obnoxious!? stories get a lot of attention. I believe a lot of stuff about her, but that seems fake.

      I do agree that she’s all about the image though. What’s really sad is she was still selling it so hard even though they’ve apparently been over and living separate lives for years. It’d be one thing to just let it be that way and not comment, it’s no one’s business, but to actively push the happy family idea, with stuff like that garden party video, comments on her blog, etc, is pretty telling.

      • Esmom says:

        It’s very sad, bordering on delusional. Almost at 50s-era, Mad Men-esque levels of keeping up the “happy marriage/family” facade.

      • zut alors! says:

        It’s as though she’s the Hollywood version of Hyacinth Bucket, keeping up appearances.

    • Marny says:

      There’s no way she holds Gwyneth film festivals. Definite BS.

  20. Cora says:

    I’m not a fan of Paltrow’s but I have to admit I really enjoyed her performance in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. She was well-cast as a young woman of privilege who was an icy blonde on the outside, and fragile and vulnerable on the inside. It’s the only performance of hers that I’ve liked, actually.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I just rewatched it after many years in response to PSH’s death. He was great in it, too, as were everyone else for that matter. Matt Damon really knocked it out of the park.

    • Becky1 says:

      Yes, that was such a good movie. The whole cast (including Goop herself) was great.

    • Lauren says:

      Gwyneth has been stellar in several movies. She was fantastic in ☆Running with Scissors☆. Annette Bening was phenomenal, as usual. I also loved A Perfect Murder with Viggo. That movie cultivated my GoopLove. I have never read her Goop blog, because i am fearful it will breed hatred. G. Has been insecure for years due to her failing marriage, and acting out. It’s kinda sad. It’s the biggest failure of her life. I wish her well.

  21. Denise says:

    How is it possible that a front man in a band, a very talented one (not a Coldplay fan at all, but I give credit where it’s due) didn’t lose his virginity until he was 22, even as a band just starting out? I live in the UK and people here are generally very ‘giving’ when it comes to sex. This tells me either it’s a lie but I can’t see what the purpose of that would be, or he was turning down girls all the time, because surely there would have been offers. Does not compute!

    • Catt says:

      All you have to do to understand the answer to that question is look at pictures of Chris when Coldplay first started out. He looks unbearably dorky with baggy clothes and really bad hair. Not attractive in any way.

  22. Ag says:

    i totally believe that he pulled the trigger on their sham of a marriage, and she was the one who wanted to keep it going. i have a friend like that who has had major issues in her peasant marriage for years now, but stays in it for the image of being married to a doctor. it’s sad.

  23. LAK says:

    Her image is so bad that it doesn’t matter whether these stories are true. They feel true.

    • Violet says:

      And this is the pure true. Her public persona is still more or less the most ridicolous thing in pop culture. I do not know how she end up like that.

  24. GIrlyGirl says:

    Pretend like the way Hollywood keeps pretending Paltrow is an actress?

  25. LaurieH says:

    I think Martin, being a late bloomer, just got all caught up in the idea of being with a famous, American Hollywood star. And I think Gwyneth, being the anglophile she is, was excited by the prospect of a hot British rock star. Unfortunately, I don’t think Chris measured up to Gwyneth’s romanticized version of being with a British guy (likely imagining it to be all “castles and royalty” and not so much “pub n’ mates”). I think she tried to change Chris into the Brit she wanted him to be and I think, being seduced by Gwyneth’s stardom, he went along. For a while. I think what put a cap on it was her venture into Goop, wherein she tried to depict herself and her life as some sort of idyllic, uber-elite, “poshy” life…and I think Chris took a lot of grief for it from his more “common” friends and bandmates. It’s one thing to be with someone who makes you want to be a better person. It’s something else to be with someone who wants you to be another person.

  26. Sara says:

    Say what you will about her but she’s quite talented as an actress.

  27. Emily C. says:

    While Goop is entirely about pretension, I don’t believe she wanted to stay married. Married exactly 10 years. Moved to California, with its community property laws that get activated after a 10-year marriage, one year before the split was announced. That kind of “coincidence” is too big for me to swallow, especially from someone like her.

    • Candy Love says:

      They live in LA for 4 or 5 years and both of her kids were born there. They used to stay at their LA home at less once or twice a year when they live in the UK so I don’t think is that much of a coincidence.

  28. Longhorn says:

    It’s a hard decision to end a marriage whether you are a celebrity or not. I’m not surprised or scandalized that Goops wanted to not forge ahead with a divorce. Alot of people stay in an unhappy marriage before they decide to divorce. Speaking from experience, it becomes a lot harder to decide to get a divorce when there are kids involved. Money doesn’t always diminish the pain.

  29. poppy says:

    bless her stone cold organic heart -her hair is AWFUL. that nest looks like a witches wig.
    the damage, the color. AWFUL.

    i can tell her what worked about her earlier films. her good films were ensemble pieces. she could hardly carry a film and now she flat out can’t.
    plus, huvane had more control over her press so the sanctimonious bs was dialed way down. way down. the gwynsufferableness was less known to most people and the press was far more forgiving and willing to please huvane. they both should have kept it dialed down.

    • RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

      100% co sign on this. I used to ADORE her……and then Huvane lost control and she started TALKING, and GOOPING, and it was all downhill for me and her at that point. CANT STAND her now.

  30. Tadzio says:

    @Laurieh – I can see that. This is why I believe she would want to keep living a lie because divorce equals failure to someone like her. Little Miss Perfect’s CANNOT fail at anything (failure would be unbearable). Little Miss Perfect’s won’t allow others to just be themselves because the people they get into relationships/friendships with are only extensions of themselves.

    I don’t think Chris was a late bloomer. He was always attractive to me. 😉

  31. Bread and Circuses says:

    I’ve heard blinds that people thought were Goop that said she was a stage 4 clinger with some of her boyfriends, stealthily moving in with them one possession at a time, and refusing to break up no matter how they behaved.

    If that’s true, then this is likely true.

    It seems like she’s got a bubble of fantasy in her head, and she doesn’t deal well with reality bursting it. She won’t admit her relationships are broken, she self-flatters constantly, and she couldn’t get her head around losing her father. It’s all pretty consistent.

    • JH says:

      You’re right B&C, I read that blind item too, that the guy didn’t realised that she had moved in until all her stuff was in his flat and she wasn’t going home anymore.

      There was another one about Ben Affleck cheating on her with Salma Hayek and that not only did Goop go to Salma’s house to scream at her but also forced Ben to see a therapist everyday and talk to exhaustion until their problems were fixed.

      I do believe she wanted to keep pretending, it screams goop.

  32. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    I can totally believe she’d invite friends over to watch her movies. Its on par with everything I already know about her. She has NO understanding of her and her ego. I cant imagine what fresh hell it must be to wake up everyday next to that.

  33. abby says:

    Damn, they are going after the Goop hard, LOL!!!!!

    I’m 50/50 on the first story and I have no comment about the second other than LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!

    That said, Paltrow is getting her butt kicked in the PR games. I mean seriously, is Huvane sick, on-leave or something? Or is Paltrow handling her own PR? Cause I got to say, regardless of how many allegations are slung at Chris, it somehow boomerangs and makes Paltrow the worse villain.
    That first story basically makes Chris into some saintly and naive lovestruck fool who was hoodwinked by the sophisticated Paltrow.

    And that second story, damn, they called Paltrow out on her film schedule and need to relive the glory days? LOL!!!!

  34. Kerrboom says:

    Screenings of her own movies? That’s gotta be one of the most pathetic things I’ve ever read. I’ve never liked Paltrow, she seems like the type who always has to one-up, or be better than, everyone in her life.

  35. Kosmos says:

    Everything goes through stages, phases, so right, she’s not a big time actress anymore, and also her marriage was apparently no longer salvageable, but even if you don’t like her, I can’t blame her for holding on to the dying marriage. After all, it’s still a failure and a breakup, and they have children to think about, and then whatever they do is world news. When one of us is divorced, it doesn’t make headlines. However, when you have money to burn, life is probably infinitely easier, so I’m sure they’re all going to be just fine…….

  36. Jarredsgirl says:

    divorce is hard for anyone. Some may call her insufferable but that doesn’t mean she isn’t human…
    I don’t really believe that she is quite as pretentious as she is made out to be. I don’t think Goop [the newsletter] is that bad, yes, she promotes expensive products but middle class people are not her target audience. I don’t really understand the hatred… live and let live. People are so offended by her pretentiousness, but in the scheme of things, who cares if she is?

  37. Lauraq says:

    LOL. My fiancee didn’t lose his V-Card till he was 21. It was a drunk one night stand that turned into a second drunk night together. I was his second. I asked him once if he doesn’t feel that he got ripped off marrying the second girl he slept with. His response ‘I’ve had good sex, I’ve had bad sex, and I’m in love. What more do I need?’ (I think it makes him feel better that he was my third, too).