Gwyneth Paltrow can’t understand why a tabloid labeled her “the most hated celebrity in the world,” especially when you consider Chris Brown’s history.
The Oscar-winning actress and business mogul discussed the pitfalls of being a tabloid target in a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine.
Paltrow said she faced widespread backlash in 2014, when she and then-husband Chris Martin announced they were separating. At the time, the two released a statement saying they had decided on a “conscious uncoupling.”
The unusual phrase caused many fans to scratch their heads, and prompted Star magazine to brand Paltrow the “most hated celebrity in the world.”
The Iron Man actress said she didn’t understand the backlash.
“I remember being like, ‘Really? More than, like, Chris Brown? Me? Really? Wow,’ ” Paltrow said. “It was also the same week that I was PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Woman. For a minute I was like, ‘Wait, I don’t understand. Am I hated to the bone or am I the world’s most beautiful?’”
She was referring to Brown’s physical altercation with former girlfriend Rihanna. The Loyal singer pleaded guilty to assault in 2009, and was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service.
Paltrow told The Times her critics didn’t understand what she was trying to say when she announced her marriage was ending.
“I was really saying we’re in a lot of pain,” she explained. “We failed at this; we’re going to try and do it in a different way. But I was so raw that I didn’t anticipate. I think that was an instance where it really hit me that an insouciance with language from me is different than from somebody else.”
The actress now considers the tabloid title “old conversation,” and it no longer bothers her.
She has much bigger things on her mind, like her lifestyle company Goop, which is now worth a reported $250 million.