Vanity Fair set to run exposé on Paltrow


The claws are out in Hollywood. The feud between actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Vanity Fair magazine seems set to reach boiling point as the glossy magazine is hell-bent on publishing an unflattering, takedown article on the star, despite her efforts to block it.

The New York Times reported that Paltrow, known for boasting about her picture-perfect life on her GOOP blog, wrote an e-mail in May, asking her famous friends not to talk about her to the magazine.

"Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine. If you’re asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again," she reportedly wrote.

This backfired spectacularly and the 40-year-old star has dug herself into an even deeper hole. Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief, Graydon Carter, recently told the London Times he now feels even more obliged to run the article. "Well, she sort of forced my hand," he said of Paltrow’s e-mail. "We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it will run.”

The magazine asked Paltrow to collaborate on the piece, but she declined. "Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them,” Carter added. “But it doesn't really exist any more in LA."

This isn’t the first time Vanity Fair has raised the ire of the Hollywood elite as the magazine is taking a more critical approach to celebrities. They ran a piece on how Scientology impacted Tom Cruise’s life and how it led to the demise of his marriage to ex-wife Katie Holmes. Another article reported on the behind-the-scenes troubles experienced on Brad Pitt’s World World Z movie set.

"We wouldn’t be doing our job if there wasn't a little bit of tension between Vanity Fair and its subjects," Carter says in defence of his magazine.

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