“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” reads a statement posted on Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop (which subsequently crashed from all the web traffic).
As news of Paltrow’s email missive spread, an “overall theory,” as Carter put it, congealed thusly: “she must have something to hide.”On cue, the New York Post reported that Vanity Fair was investigating a possible affair between Paltrow and former Fashion Star host Elle Macpherson’s husband, hotel billionaire Jeff Soffer. There was no romantic relationship.”Vanity Fair backed off the Paltrow hunt in February when Carter published the editor’s letter, slyly titled “The Paltrow Affair.” In it, he explained that he had only commissioned a piece on the love/hate phenomenon surrounding the actress who was named both “Most Hated Celebrity” (by Star magazine) and “Most Beautiful Woman” (by People) in the same week.
According to the Post’s sources, Soffer flew Paltrow into Miami for a party celebrating the reopening of his Fontainebleau Hotel, after which “she stayed at his house.” Of course, Paltrow’s reps denied the claims to Us Weekly, calling them “ridiculous.” “She has been friends for him for a long time,” the rep wrote. There would be no “epic bombshells” about Paltrow or her crumbling marriage—until another, unexpected outlet picked up where Vanity Fair left off.
Almost as soon as Carter’s letter hit the Internet, Whisper, an app for sharing secrets anonymously, published the next infidelity scoop in the form of a smiling picture of Paltrow and the text “Gwyneth Paltrow is cheating on Chris Martin with entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn (You heard it here first).” The app’s editor-in-chief, former Gawker editor Neetzan Zimmerman, tweeted it out himself, though he told Gawker Media's Defamer that, “for obvious reasons,” he couldn’t identify the source of the Whisper.
“But it’s a person with extremely close ties to Gwyneth who came to us directly after Graydon Carter wrote that missive about why VF walked away from the Paltrow profile last year.
I have no reason to suspect they’re lying about this, and if anyone would know the truth, this person would.”Paltrow’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, dutifully denied the latest rumor, calling it “100 percent false” and telling Defamer that “the sours at Whisper is clearly a fake.” (He then followed up minutes later to ask, “What exactly is Whisper anyway?
”) Huvane then went into more detail: “The only time Gwyneth has even recently seen Kevin Yorn (who she knows only casually through business contacts) was on a flight from NY-LA.
Gwyneth was flying with her assistant and the CEO of Goop and Kevin coincidentally was also in the first class section.
I cannot be more clear with you when I say she is NOT having an affair with Kevin Yorn and I will be notifying her attorneys as well.”Chris Martin, meanwhile, was the target of rumors back in 2009, when Star magazine published a source’s account of Martin kissing and holding hands with Kate Bosworth in the backstage VIP section of a U2 concert. “But they looked really into each other—they held hands and kissed, and I saw Chris caress her cheek.” Martin’s reps denied the report, threatened to sue (they never did), and said, “[Bosworth] may have been in the same room with him, but he is not having an affair, was not kissing her or holding her hand.” Martin’s reps also provided an update on the singer’s marriage to Paltrow: at the time, they were “more than fine.” in August 2011. I always say, life is long and you never know what’s going to happen. You can never be relaxed or smug and think, ‘I’ve got this thing.’ That’s also part of it: keeping yourself on your toes.
If, God forbid, we were ever not to be together, I respect him so much as the father of my children. I’m not going to take this for granted.” In Glamour U.
K.’s June 2013 issue, Paltrow put it more bluntly: “It’s hard being married.
You go through great times, you go through terrible times.