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Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski crash trial is just one of the many controversies the polarizing Goop guru has found herself in over the years.
From her promotion of vaginal jade eggs to her questionable dieting tips, the “View from the Top” star has found herself in hot water throughout her career.
Take a look back at the most memorable scandals the Oscar winner has bounced back from.
1. Hitting a downward slope
In January 2019, Paltrow was sued for a ski incident in Park City, Utah.
Dr. Terry Sanderson claimed that the actress crashed into him three years prior, allegedly fleeing the scene after “knocking him out” and “causing a brain injury [and] four broken ribs.”
Paltrow countersued that February, claiming Sanderson was the one who collided with her.
The court case kicked off in March 2023, with the “Shakespeare in Love” star taking the stand four days in.
Paltrow, who testified that she initially thought Sanderson was trying to sexually assault her during the accident, was trolled for saying the collision cost her “half a day of skiing.”
While Sanderson sought $300,000 in damages from the actress in his lawsuit, she sought $1 in “symbolic damages,” as well as attorney fees.
2. “Conscious uncoupling” from Chris
Paltrow was roasted for referring to her split from Chris Martin as a “conscious uncoupling” in 2014.
“In many ways we are closer than we have ever been,” Paltrow — who shares daughter Apple and son Moses with the Coldplay frontman — wrote in a statement at the time.
“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
Her terminology prompted many people to make fun of Paltrow online, with the Golden Globe winner becoming a meme.
Paltrow reflected on the criticism in a 2020 British Vogue op-ed.
“The public’s surprise gave way quickly to ire and derision. A strange combination of mockery and anger that I had never seen,” she wrote at the time. “The intensity of the response saw me bury my head in the sand deeper than I ever had in my very public life.”
She clarified that the phrase was introduced to her by a therapist.
Paltrow and the singer continued to amicably co-parent after finalizing their divorce in 2016 and have moved on with Brad Falchuck and Dakota Johnson, respectively.
3. Egg-regious advice
While Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, has been popular since its 2008 creation, not all of her endorsements are winners.
The “Politician” alum faced fallout from her fanbase when two products she recommended, the jade egg and vaginal barbells, were deemed dangerous.
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Goop claimed, without scientific backing, that the products could balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles and increase bladder control.
In 2018, she was sued for advocating for the products and ultimately agreed to pay a $145,000 settlement and reimburse those who purchased the products.
4. Sparking a candle scandal
Paltrow sparked yet another fiery controversy for selling a candle on her Goop website dubbed “This Smells Like My Vagina” in 2020.
The Grammy nominee priced the votive at a hefty $75.
While Paltrow admitted that the scent began as a joke, she was still mocked for the controversial product.
Still, the candle sold out and she later collaborated with Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh brand to riff on the concept and sell a “This Smells Like My Pooshy” candle two years later.
5. A bone broth to pick
Paltrow made headlines in March 2023 for her extremely restrictive diet, which involved intermittent fasting, a bone broth lunch and a vegetable-heavy dinner.
She backpedaled after being called out by Tessa Holliday, Meghan McCain and more stars for her “starvation diet,” claiming via Instagram Stories that she does eat “full meals.”
“I also have days where I eat whatever I want, French fries or whatever,” she clarified. “My baseline has been to try to eat healthy and try to eat foods that really calm the system down.”
Two months prior, the Emmy winner was similarly dragged for hawking a “detox” salad on her site.
6. Nepo baby babble
Paltrow — the daughter of the late TV director and producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner — riled up the masses with her nepo baby comments in July 2022.
The “Glee” alum caught flack for saying she had to work “twice as hard” as those who don’t have parents in the entertainment industry.
“As the child of someone, you get access other people don’t have, so the playing field is not level in that way,” she told Hailey Bieber. “However, I really do feel that once your foot is in the door, which you unfairly got in, then you almost have to work twice as hard and be twice as good.
“Because people are ready to pull you down and say ‘You don’t belong there’ or ‘You are only there because of your dad or your mom,’” Paltrow explained.
7. Screen actor’s guilt
Paltrow rubbed mothers the wrong way when she claimed it’s harder to be a parent as a famous actress than a person with a “regular job.”
“I think it’s different when you have an office job because it’s routine and you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” she told E! News in 2014.
“When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult.”
After the mom of two was criticized for her viewpoint, with many pointing out that a Hollywood star earns much more money than someone with a conventional career, she defended herself in a Goop newsletter for Mother’s Day.
Paltrow claimed that “mommy wars” were raging and women needed to stop cutting each other down, asking, “Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?
“Perhaps because there is so much pressure to do it all, and do it all well all at the same time (impossible).”
8. That’s a stretch
The health and fitness junkie was lambasted for claiming in 2018 that she popularized yoga.
“I went to do a yoga class in L.A. recently and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’” she told the Wall Street Journal. “And literally … I was like, ‘You have this job because I’ve done yoga before.’”
Paltrow’s claim to yogi fame left a bad taste in the public’s mouth, with many accusing her of cultural appropriation as the practice was developed in India more than 5,000 years ago and introduced to the United States by immigrants.
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