The Gravity of Gwyneth


Like it or not, Gwyneth Paltrow has the ability to pull us in. We are pulled to her news stories, her products, her diet, and, most recently, her trial.

When did she start to pull us in? Perhaps in the early 90s, when she was engaged to Brad Pitt. They dated from 1994 to 1997.


This was before social media, but they often graced the covers of People magazine. Read more about their dating history in People, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Relationship: A Look Back

Her early acting roles were good; my favorite performances include Se7en (1995) and Sliding Doors (1998). Hollywood and the general public started to pay more attention to her acting roles after she won an Academy Award in 1999.


Her love life also made headlines when she was dating Ben Affleck. From InStyle, “Ironically, the young and wildly famous duo met at a dinner hosted by the now notorious producer Harvey Weinstein back in 1997. They went on to star in two films together: Shakespeare In Love (which would land Paltrow her first Oscar) and rom-com Bounce (which didn’t have quite as impressive an awards season turnout).


To read more about her dating history, from ENews!, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Romantic History.

In the early 2000s, Gwyneth acted in various movies, some more noteworthy than others. She also married Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay in 2003. I remember being hit by the Gwyneth gravity again after she announced the name of her daughter, Apple. Chris and Gwyneth split in 2013, and she pulled us into her world again when she popularized the phrase “conscious uncoupling”

The last relationship of Gwyneth to make headlines in 2015 was with her current husband, Brad Falchuk. From People, It’s On! Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Take Their Relationship Public.

The Gravity of Goop and Her Diet

She founded her lifestyle brand Goop (stylized as goop) in 2008. The name comes from her initials and advice she received from designer Peter Arnell that many successful internet companies have double O’s in their name. It was incorporated in 2011, and Paltrow became CEO in 2017.IMDb

I was intrigued by the launch of this brand, and I subscribed to her newsletter from 2013 until 2019.

I still have the old issues in my inbox, but the links no longer work.
Goop Newsletter 9/25/2018
Amanda Demme for The New York Times

The New York Times Magazine 2018 article, How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million. Inside the growth of the most controversial brand in the wellness industry.

If you want to learn more about Goop, watch The Goop Lab, season 1 is on Netflix. There are 6 episodes. From the Washingtonian, I Watched All Six Episodes of “The Goop Lab” in One Sitting. Bring on the Guided Mushroom Trip!Spoiler alert: I realized I freaking love Gwyneth Paltrow.”

Her business is successful. People buy her products and try the things she recommends. From The Zoe Report, Panchakarma: The Ayurvedic Treatment That’s A Favorite Of Gwyneth Paltrow & Kourtney Kardashian.

The products from her Goop brand are pricy.

GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream $98

From Goop, “So we use clinically proven and best-in-class ingredients at active levels to create skin care, skin-boosting ingestibles, and hair and body essentials that are luxurious, deliver high-performance results, and enliven the senses with exquisite textures and beautiful scents. We don’t rest until we think our products are perfect—safe enough and powerful enough for noticeable results.” 

The issues with Goop:

From Nicki Swift, Bizarre Things About Gwyneth Paltrow That Are Hard To Ignore.

From US Weekly, Jade Eggs, Bee Stings and More of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Goop Moments .

This candle sparked lots of commentary and questions:


Controversial Diet Comments:

Paltrow drew backlash for comments she made about her eating habits during a March 2023 appearance on the “Art of Being Well” podcast. “I usually eat something [at] about 12. And in the morning, I’ll have some things that won’t spike my blood sugar. So, I have coffee. But I really like soup for lunch. I have bone broth for lunch a lot of the days. And then, for dinner, I try to eat, you know, according to Paleo. So, lots of vegetables. It’s really important for me to support my detox,” the Oscar winner said. After critics claimed her remarks promoted disordered eating, Paltrow explained via her Instagram Story that the diet helped with her “long COVID” symptoms. US Weekly

The Gravity of Gwyneth in Court

Pool / Getty Images

The infamous ski accident trial ended on March 30, 2023. The jury awarded her $1, but I think the real win, in this case, is the result of this frivolous lawsuit and the message, “Be careful when suing a famous person.” From BuzzFeed News, The Man Who Lost His Ski Crash Lawsuit Against Gwyneth Paltrow Said He Regrets It.

Read more about the trial from The Guardian; Gwyneth Paltrow found not at fault in Utah ski crash trial.

This trial made headlines every day, and some people watched it unfold on CourtTV. The media dissected Gwyneth’s outfits, memes were created, the trial was trending on Twitter, and others mocked her statements. From AP, Gwyneth Paltrow won her ski trial. Here’s how it played out.

From Vulture, The Goopiest Moments From Gwyneth Paltrow’s Trial.

From BuzzFeed, I Hope Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ski Crash Trial Never Ends. “Here is the white woman to end all white women, born and bred into unimaginable privilege, who has used her considerable platform primarily to spread her vision of inaccessible wealth and thinness.” But some of us can’t stop reading about her and her happenings.

I was pulled into the gravity of this case mainly to see Gwyneth’s court outfits. Her fashion choices fascinated me, starting on day one after seeing this picture.

Rick Bowmer / AP, Alex Goodlett / AP

I’m not the only one who analyzed her outfits.

From Mashable, Gwyneth Paltrow and the birth of courtcore. “In the case of Paltrow, her clothes – chic and clean – were meant to be unpacked in the midst of a media circus. With her rendition of #courtcore, she presented a deliberate persona. Her privilege was not veiled, nor was it too ostentatiously laid out.”

From BuzzFeed News, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Courtroom Outfits Were The Definition Of Stealth Wealth. “The Goop mogul and Academy Award winner chose to keep a low profile with outfits that said quiet luxury. Also referred to as being “low-key rich” or having “stealth wealth,” a term embodied by Succession, Paltrow’s outfits embodied the phrase “money talks but wealth whispers.” She consistently ditched logos. She traded gaudy prints and eye-catching trends for shades and fabrics that didn’t scream, “I’m rich,” but subtly mentioned it.”


If you took a casual look at her outfits, you might not know the prices of the pieces worn add up to a hefty total.

Day 1:

Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP, Alex Goodlett / AP. Outfit: $5,445 olive green Jaka oversize wool-blend felt coat from the Row and $1,200 tan lace-up Celine boots. In court, she carried a $325 notebook from Smythson.

She promoted her G Label brand on day 2.

Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP. She wore a $595 ivory Bennett belted crew neck cardigan from her own brand, G. Label by Goop. The Celine bag costs around $1600.

The necklaces she wore were reported to be worth around $65,000. “Around her neck she wore two gold chain necklaces, which closely resembled ones sold by Foundrae, with one retailing for almost $40,000 and the other costing more than $25,000.” Daily Mail

Day 3:

Paltrow on day three, with her $25,000 necklace. Photo: Jeff Swinger-Pool/Getty Images

Day 4:

Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP. Outfit: Paltrow served the court on the fourth day with full goth Prada, with a $2,200 black cashmere polo shirt and $1,450 black monolith brushed leather boots. BuzzFeed.

Day 5:

Pool / Getty Images. Outfit: The actor wore what appears to be the G. Label Alisha V-Neck black cardigan over a crisp white button-up blouse and simple black maxi skirt. Fashionista

Day 6:

Paltrow on day six, possibly wearing an outfit totaling $2,520. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred-Pool/Getty Images. Fashionista

Day 7:

Paltrow in all black on day seven. Photo: Rick Bowmer-Pool/Getty Images. Fashionista

Day 8:

Photo: Rick Bowmer-Pool/Getty Images

From BuzzFeed, “Paltrow ended the trial in a navy corduroy Bianca jacket by Bella Freud, originally priced at $1,000 but you can get it on sale now for $400. The sleek Italian cotton patch pockets whisper well-traveled luxury.” From Fashionista, “Layered underneath was a blue- and white-striped button-up blouse from none other than The Row, available for $1,190. Her tan corduroy trousers also appear to be from The Row.

The cost of her outfits adds up to around $108,935. The clothes alone cost around $30,000.

The Daily Beast compiled a list of similar clothing pieces that cost much less. These Gwyneth Paltrow-Inspired Courtroom Looks Would Win Any Case

The trial is over, and the Gwyenth headlines are becoming sparse, but you can still find profiles and interviews with this gravitational force.

From AD (2/22/22), Step Inside Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tranquil Montecito Home.

The Smartless Podcast (my new favorite podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett) interviewed her in 2021:

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