Everyone loves to hate Gwyneth Paltrow but here's why the star doesn't deserve the loathing she receives
In 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow was declared as "the most hated celebrity". But what exactly did the 'Goop' founder do to deserve such hatred from public? People seemed to hate the famous Hollywood starlet for nearly everything. Be it her good looks, her famous family, her privileged background or her successful career, everything about her is hated by the public.
When Gwyneth won an Oscar at the very early stages of her career, beating the likes of Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, people began hating her. Her every role and performance was scrutinized, but the 'Shakespeare in Love' actress shut down her critics with her brilliant performances year after year. Despite not starring in as many movies, the actress continues to be a popular pick among top filmmakers for their movies.
Even when Gwyneth decided to start her own lifestyle and wellness brand called 'Goop', she was met with a lot of criticism. While 'Goop' is all about luxury wellbeing products and alternative health systems, the price tag attached to each of the products and the products themselves had the public declaring her a rich, out-of-touch, privileged woman.
When Gwyneth split from her husband Chris Martin in 2016, instead of calling it a divorce she labeled it "conscious uncoupling". The actress was ridiculed for using the phrase, but the way the couple handled their split was admirable. Despite their split, they managed to maintain a friendly relationship and remain in each others' lives even today.
Despite these harsh criticisms, Gwyneth has always been a successful and focussed woman, which only seems to irk the public more. Despite the assumptions that Gwyneth must have had it easy in her life, considering the vast wealth she was born into, the actress set the record straight. In an interview with BBC HARDTalk, the actress commented on her thoughts about being the most hated celebrity. She said, "First of all I was like, 'I'm the most hated celebrity?' More than, like, Chris Brown? What did I do? All I can do is be my authentic self, but I think there are things about me that make people draw conclusions. For example, there is the perception that I grew up very wealthy and that I was given, you know, that I was sort of raised with a silver spoon in my mouth, which inspires a lot of resentment."
"He (my father) said, 'You are completely on your own.' So he never gave me anything. I never had any supplementation, he never helped me with my rent, I never had a trust fund. So the idea that I am spoiled or that I didn’t work for what I have, that’s just not accurate. But I can see how somebody might have that perception." Although she receives a lot of flak, you would be hard-pressed to deny that Gwyneth lacks talent. She won an Emmy for a recurring role on 'Glee', and then went on to perform in the Oscars with CeeLo Green. In fact, her cover with 'Glee' cast members of 'Forget You' was one of the few 'Glee' covers to make it to Billboard charts. Gwyneth is one of the few people who turned people's hatred towards her into a success story by working hard and showcasing her talent.