“Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine,” the 41-year-old actress allegedly said in an email to friends several months ago. “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again.”
Paltrow refused to be interviewed for the article when she heard that it would focus on her declining celebrity status, the end of her friendship with Madonna and other negative details.
Though it's yet to be published, the New York Post claimed Friday that Paltrow's ire over the piece has to do with its supposed investigation of her relationship with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer:
Now we’re told that researchers on the story by top VF writer Vanessa Grigoriadis have been asking Miami society sources questions about Paltrow and Soffer, who is considered Miami royalty, owns the lavish Fontainebleau Hotel and recently married Elle Macpherson.
Paltrow's rep adamantly denied the allegations in a statement to the Daily Mail, saying that Soffer offered her -- and many other friends -- a flight to Miami.
"It's completely false. Jeff is a longtime friend of Gwyneth's and there was no romantic relationship with him at all, He flew many of his friends to Miami that weekend - not just Gwyneth," the rep said.
Despite Paltrow's objections to the story, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter said he would publish Vanessa Grigoriadis' piece -- warts and all.
"We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it'll run," Carter told London's Times Magazine (via E! news) on Sunday. "Well, she sort of forced my hand."