There seems to be a lot of dislike going on when it comes to Gwyneth Paltrow, so much so that Star Magazine once called her “the most hated celebrity.” During an interview with the New York Times magazine, she addressed the statement.
"I remember being like, 'Really? More than, like, Chris Brown? Me? Really? Wow. It was also the same week that I was People's 'Most Beautiful Woman.' For a minute I was like, 'Wait, I don't understand. Am I hated to the bone or am I the world's most beautiful?"
Don't get it wrong, she also has a ton of friends and supporters in the industry. So where did all the haters come from? Some will say it was the sobbing Oscar speech she gave in 1999 that started it all. We can’t be too sure. You might be surprised as to who has her back and who would leave her hanging. Check out these 16 celebs who are actually besties with Gwyneth Paltrow (+ 4 who are so over her).
20 Rashida Jones Is her Gal Pal
These two have been at photo shoots together and just generally love hanging out. Rashida was one of the girls that were invited to Gwyneth’s engagement party so you know they are super close. You don’t get into a selfie like this one unless you really like someone.
Recently, Forward reported that the two gal pals did their own makeup and then tweeted pics of each other, before pretending to have a fight with each other.
19 Kate Hudson Is Super Close To Her
We get a two-for-one special with this picture and you can see that Gwyneth's not only got some love for Kate Hudson but Selena Gomez, too. Hudson speaks pretty highly of Paltrow.
"From the first moment I laid eyes on this woman, it was love at first sight,"
Kate recalled, as Insider reports. "I was shopping, I was 17, it was Tracey Ross at Tracey Ross on Sunset Plaza, which I’m sure some of you in this room remember. And I hear a voice coming from one of the dressing rooms. So I peek over, and there she was.”
18 A Happy Birthday For Reese
We know that Gwyn and Reese are friends because they are always shouting out birthdays on social media. These two have a few things in common, like a podcast and a lifestyle website. It’s possible that they even share pow-wows for fresh new ideas. After all, Reese has been invited to Gwyneth’s Goop events a few times, so they seem pretty tight.
17 So Over: Brad Pitt Got His Heart Broken
When Gwyneth first hit the Hollywood scene, she was somewhat of a heartbreaker. She met Brad while filming the movie Se7en and they were even engaged at one point. But she was the one that broke things off, which sounds crazy to us. As ABC reports, Gwyneth told Diane Sawyer,
“My kind of internal stuff really tripped up that whole relationship.
And I felt really responsible, and also like I was the architect of my own misery. I just made a big mess out of it."
16 Robert Downey Jr. Adores Her
These two have been kissing for years as they make the Iron Man and Avengers movies together. Some co-stars don’t get along during filming, but that has never been the case between these two actors. Downey even attended Gwyneth's recent wedding so you know they have to be close. Closer Weekly reports, “Gwyn’s so in awe of Robert and always has been, and [her husband] Brad [Falchuk is] pretty sick of it.
When they’re together, it’s like nobody else is in the room, and she’s forever calling him for advice on lifestyle matters, as well as work projects.”
You could definitely see the chemistry on screen.
15 New Husband, New Type Of Marriage
Brad Falchuk must be the most patient man on the planet because not only is Gwyneth close to her co-stars but she has a close co-parenting relationship with her ex-husband, Chris Martin. They are so bonded that we often wonder why they even got divorced. Paltrow adores her husband, though, and always has good things to say about him. “It’s fantastic,” she told Glamour UK.
“I feel so lucky and I am so grateful. It’s different to be in your mid-forties; [get married] again and bring all your experience, your pain, your happiness – everything.
It’s actually very heartening, I feel very optimistic!”
14 She Can’t Say Enough About Julia Roberts
Seriously, who isn’t a fan of Julia Roberts? These two look like they could be sisters in this picture. They even bonded over their fathers on Gwyneth’s Goop podcast show. Weirdly, they also discovered they share something else in common, as Too Fab reports. When Roberts said that 42 is her lucky number, Gwyneth was surprised and said, "That's my lucky number!"
13 So Over: Ben Affleck’s Not Impressed
Another hunk that Gwyneth dated is Ben Affleck. They look so young in this picture! After the two broke up, Paltrow proceeded to throw him under the bus during more than one interview.
"How did you know not to marry him? You were never in love with him?" Howard Stern asked Paltrow during an interview on his show, as E! News reports. Gwyneth replied,
"It's interesting, I think there's certain boyfriends where you are trying to work stuff out, right? Like you're trying to heal certain stuff from your childhood and he was very much a lesson in that way,"
Paltrow explained. "I'm not sure exactly what I was trying to heal in that instance."
12 Gwyneth’s A Fan Of Taylor Swift
Gwyneth has taken her daughter, Apple, to a couple of Taylor Swift concerts and we have seen her post photos of the singer hugging her daughter after the concert.
“She loves Taylor Swift, and for me, that’s such a great sign,” Paltrow said, as Hello reports. “Taylor is a girl who’s incredibly talented. She writes her own music. She’s not naked on the red carpet. She’s an incredibly astute businesswoman, so with role models like that, [Apple] can’t go wrong.”
The two are clearly big fans of each other.
11 She Co-Parents With Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow has a close relationship with her ex-husband Chris Martin, and it’s because they want to do whatever is best for their children.
"I think in our case we're very lucky because we see eye to eye. A lot of parents don't see eye to eye on how to raise children, it's you know, a common thing,"
Gwyneth told Howard Stern, as E! News reports. "I think Chris and I are lucky because we really agree fundamentally on how to raise the children. We have similar principles and values."
10 She And Oprah Share Some Love
We’re not sure that there is anyone that Oprah dislikes but she sure does love Gwyneth. Judging by this picture, they definitely get along well together. The two chatted it up recently in a Goop podcast and Oprah admitted to her that she talks to ghosts. Props to Gwyneth for asking if she means “out loud.” And Oprah admitted that she does. “When I woke up this morning I said: ‘Maya, I’m going to be doing this interview with Paltrow—show up,’” Oprah said, as Flare reports.
The show definitely has some interesting topics!
9 Bryce Howard Loves Gwyneth
These two blue-eyed beauties are big fans of each other. Bryce has appeared on a Goop show in which she talked about her experience with postpartum depression. Both celebrities went through quite an ordeal with postpartum depression, but what's great is that these friends are sharing their experiences with the world, giving other mothers support and encouragement.
8 So Over: Stephen Colbert Insulted Goop
In 2015, Stephen Colbert made the mistake of making fun of certain celebrity lifestyle websites. He stated how celebrities like Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow had these websites and sold expensive items on them. He then went on to sarcastically say he was about to launch his own.
The Goop team fired back at Colbert, publishing a blog entitled "6 Fail-Proof Tips For Launching A Men's Lifestyle Site" in which they called out Colbert (as well as Snoop Dogg), People reports.
7 Cameron Diaz And Gwyneth Go Way Back
Gwyneth and Cameron Diaz have been friends for a really long time - 10 years, in fact! “She reached out after my dad’s death,” Cameron says, as reported by People.
“It was very sweet. We bonded on that.”
She also praised Gwyneth's book, It’s All Easy, by saying, “The easiest thing on earth to do is LOVE this woman and her cooking.”
6 Drew Barrymore Is Her Soul Sister
These three are often seen together and Drew Barrymore is just as close to Paltrow as Diaz is. Paltrow has tons of nice things to say about Barrymore. As InStyle reports, Gwyneth told Drew,
“There are many things that I admire about you, but one of my favorites is the way you go through life with ruthless optimism and freedom.
And you’re so funny. Every time I’m with you I marvel at the things that come out of your mouth — sometimes so funny and so dirty and then sometimes so profound.”
5 Michelle Pfeiffer Applauds Paltrow
Michelle Pfeiffer considers Gwyneth to be very brave, especially after Paltrow talked about her experience with Harvey Weinstein.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to applaud you for speaking out this week,”
Pfeiffer said at a Variety luncheon, as The Daily Mail reports. “It took a lot of courage.” The two bonded over female empowerment and bravery, and we love when women get together and raise each other up!
4 Paltrow And Beyoncé Have A Lot In Common
Apparently, the two got drunk together in 2006 backstage at a Jay-Z concert and that sealed their bond forever. Gwyneth has also drawn comparisons between her previous marriage to Chris Martin and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's relationship.
"They balance each other out. Chris and I are like Jay and Beyonce; two paranoid ironists and two calm grounded people,"
Gwyneth said, as News reports. Hmm, whatever that means.
3 Paltrow Snubbed Jessica Alba
These two used to be friends but it wasn’t long before that crumbled. The Goop newsletter reviewed some of the cleansers offered by Alba’s Honest Company - and it wasn't a nice review. "Many of the 'clean' products I proudly use (and have even touted on goop) have turned out to be a product of marketing, rather than actually safe," Gwyneth said, as Bustle reports. But, as the site explains, Alba was the one who actually started the fight, saying,
"Gwyneth Paltrow probably lives a very similar lifestyle, but I didn't grow up with a bunch of money, so my tips are much more grounded: repurposing things and making things at home."
It's a little harsh, but we get it.
2 She Loves Naomi Watts
Paltrow is such good friends with Naomi Watts, she even got Goop to host a dinner to celebrate Watts's Netflix series, Gypsy. “When we started talking about how we might celebrate my old friend Naomi [Watts]’s new show — which I haven’t seen yet, but which everyone’s obsessed with — we thought it would be really interesting to create an intimate dinner where it was women only, where we could talk about some of the themes of the show: women’s [sensuality] and desire," Gwyneth said, as reported by WWD.
1 Gwyneth Has A Girl Squad
Gwyneth Paltrow often has lunches with a bunch of women, including Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. Even Nicole Richie was part of the group at one time! Paltrow has said over the years how much she appreciates her friends, but there's no doubt that when she has a BFF she goes out of her way to support them. It's sad for the haters, but it's certainly woman power for these women!
References: New York Times, Hello, Forward, ANC, Insider, Closer Weekly, Glamour