Earlier this year a few of us were discussing Gwyneth Paltrow's admission to smoking one cigarette every Saturday night. "What else does Gwyneth only occasionally indulge in?," we wondered. Our minds reeled with ideas: "I murder one prostitute, but only once a week... every Sunday, just before dawn." Or, "While mostly plant-based, I do allow my diet to include rare, exotic animal meats, but only every Monday at family dinner." When Vanity Fair announced they would be publishing an "epic takedown" of the actress and Luxury Lifestyle Goddess, we knew we would finally be able to know things we never truly cared about on how Gwyneth really lives.
But alas, she has wielded her considerable clout, and after a battle with Graydon Carter's magazine, the story—which included a rumor that she cheated on husband Chris Martin—has reportedly disappeared.
According to reports, Paltrow enlisted her A-list friends to boycott the magazine, penning a letter that read, "Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine. If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again." Carter, a bit of a celebrity whore himself, will reportedly now run a fluff piece on Paltrow, but previously told The Times of London:
"We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it’ll run. Well, she sort of forced my hand... Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them. But it doesn’t really exist anymore in LA unless they stay in. I mean, you can be a well-known movie star and go decades without getting an embarrassing picture in a magazine just by leading a quiet, normal life... We wouldn’t be doing our job is there wasn’t a little bit of tension between Vanity Fair and its subjects, In any given week, I can expect to hear from a disgruntled subject in Hollywood, Washington or on Wall Street. That’s the nature of the beast."
A source told RadarOnline, "Whatever they wind up publishing, it’s going to be soft. Gwyneth’s campaign against the Vanity Fair article has apparently worked and she’s not as worried as she was three weeks ago."