Gwyneth Paltrow: I Had a Frenemy Hell-Bent on Taking Me Down

April 16, 2009 By:
Gwyneth Paltrow: I Had a Frenemy Hell-Bent on Taking Me Down

Gwyneth Paltrow just wrote her latest newsletter for her website GOOP, and the subject was all about a certain someone from her past who had wronged her.

Gwyneth writes:

“Back in the day, I had a “frenemy” who, as it turned out, was pretty hell-bent on taking me down. This person really did what they could to hurt me. I was deeply upset, I was angry, I was all of those things you feel when you find out that someone you thought you liked was venomous and dangerous. I restrained myself from fighting back. I tried to take the high road. But one day I heard that something unfortunate and humiliating had happened to this person. And my reaction was deep relief and…happiness.

“There went the high road. So, why does it feel so good to hear something bad about someone you don’t like? Or someone you DO like? Or someone you don’t KNOW? I once asked the editor of a tabloid newspaper why all of the stories about a famous British couple had a negative bent. He said that when the headline was positive, the paper didn’t sell. Why is that? What’s wrong with us? I asked the sages to shed a little light.

Here’s to washing our mouths out with soap...”

There’s much speculation that Gwyneth is talking about her old best friend Winona Ryder, who was arrested in 2001 for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. But why would she choose now to start talking about her feelings on the subject?

The two haven’t spoken in years, but the rumor regarding their break-up as besties goes as follows; apparently Gwyneth stole the Shakespeare In Love script from Winona’s coffee table at her house, and went on to play the role and win an Oscar for it.

It’s just a rumor, but if it’s true, shouldn’t the hatred work the other way around? Either way, we don’t know how Gwyneth’s newsletter this week coincides with the site’s mantra of “nourishing the inner aspect.”