Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski accident case is just one of many controversies the polarizing Goop guru has found himself in over the years.
From her vaginal jade eggs promotion to questionable diet tips, the “Top View” star has found herself in hot water throughout her career.
Take a look at the most memorable scandals the Oscar-winning actor has returned to.
1. Going downhill
In January 2019, Paltrow was sued over a skiing incident in Park City, Utah.
Dr. Terry Sanderson claimed that the actress hit him three years ago and fled the scene after allegedly “stunning him” and “causing brain damage”. [and] four broken ribs.”
Paltrow countered that February, claiming that it was Sanderson who collided with her.
The case began in March 2023 when the “Shakespeare in Love” star took the stand four days later.
Paltrow, who initially stated that she thought Sanderson was trying to sexually abuse her at the time of the accident, was trolled for saying the collision cost her “half a day of skiing”.
Sanderson sought $300,000 in damages from the actor in his lawsuit, while seeking $1 for “symbolic damages” and attorney’s fees.
2. A “conscious breakup” from Chris
Paltrow was scorched for calling her breakup with Chris Martin in 2014 a “conscious breakup.”
“In many ways, we’re closer than we’ve ever been,” Paltrow wrote at the time, sharing her daughter Apple and son Moses with the Coldplay frontman.
“We’ve always kept our relationship private, and since we consciously broke up and became co-parents, we hope we can continue in the same way.”
His terminology has led many people to make fun of Paltrow online, and the Golden Globe winner has become a meme.
Paltrow addressed the criticism in her 2020 British Vogue article.
“People’s astonishment quickly gave way to anger and ridicule. A strange combination of sarcasm and anger I have never seen,” he wrote at the time. “The intensity of the reaction saw me bury my head deeper than ever before in my public life.”
He explained that the phrase was introduced to him by a therapist.
Paltrow and the singer continued to co-parent amicably after finalizing their divorce in 2016, and they went on their way with Brad Falchuck and Dakota Johnson, respectively.
3. Egg advice
While Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, has been popular since it was founded in 2008, not all of its endorsements have won.
The “Politician” graduate received a negative reaction from the fan base when two products he recommended, the jade egg and vaginal barbells, were found dangerous.
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Goop claimed that, without scientific backing, the products could balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, and increase bladder control.
He was sued in 2018 for defending the products, and eventually agreed to pay a $145,000 settlement and reimburse those who purchased the products.
4. To ignite a candle scandal
Paltrow sparked another heated debate in 2020 for selling a candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina” on the Goop website.
The Grammy nominee set a high price of $75 for the dedication.
Although Paltrow admitted that the fragrance started out as a joke, there was still ridicule for the controversial product.
The candle ran out though, and she later collaborated with Kourtney Kardashian’s brand of Poosh to work on the concept and sell the “This Smells Like My Pooshy” candle two years later.
5. A bone broth to choose
Paltrow made headlines in March 2023 with her highly restrictive diet that included intermittent fasting, a bone broth lunch, and a vegetable-heavy dinner.
After being called on by Tessa Holliday, Meghan McCain, and more stars for a “hunger diet,” she backed off after claiming to eat “full meals” via Instagram Stories.
“I also have days where I eat whatever I want, chips or whatever,” he explained. “My baseline has been to try to eat healthy and eat foods that really calm the system.”
Two months ago, the Emmy-winning actress was similarly dragged for selling a “detox” salad on her site.
6. Nepo baby babble
The daughter of the late TV director and producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, Paltrow angered the masses with her nepo doll comments in July 2022.
“Glee” graduates were scolded for saying they had to work “twice as much” in the entertainment industry as those without parents.
“As someone’s child, you get access that other people don’t have, so the playground isn’t flat that way,” he told Hailey Bieber. “However, I really feel that once you step foot in the door you have unfairly entered, then you have to work almost 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’re only there for your father or mother,'” Paltrow explained.
7. The fault of the player
Paltrow wrongly rubbed off on moms, claiming that being a parent as a famous actress is more difficult than someone with a “tidy job.”
“I think it’s different when you have a job in the office because it’s routine and you do everything in the morning and come home in the evening,” said E! news in 2014.
“When we’re shooting a movie, they say, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of the job is very difficult.”
After being criticized for her outlook, the mother of two defended herself in a Goop newsletter for Mother’s Day after many pointed out that a Hollywood star makes far more money than someone with a traditional career.
Claiming that “mother wars” are heating up and women should stop cutting each other off, Paltrow said, “Why do we feel so empowered to speculate about other women’s choices in such a negative way?
“Maybe because there’s too much pressure to do it all at once (impossible).”
8. It’s kind of hard
The health and fitness junkie was criticized for claiming to popularize yoga in 2018.
He told the Wall Street Journal, “I recently went to teach a yoga class in Los Angeles and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’ said she. “And I was literally like… ‘You got this job because I’ve done yoga before’.”
Paltrow’s claim to yogi fame left a bad taste in the mouth of the public, and many accused him of cultural appropriation, as the practice was developed in India more than 5,000 years ago and was introduced to the United States by immigrants.