Everything You Need to Know About Gwyneth Paltrow’s Stalkers

Hollywood’s heaviest hitters rely on their name recognition to continue to succeed in the entertainment industry. After all, an entertainer’s star power is directly linked to how recognizable they are to the general public. That doesn’t mean it’s always a good thing, though. While celebrities have often lamented about the loss of privacy that comes with stardom, there is a more severe problem faced by many of today’s biggest stars – stalkers. Gwyneth Paltrow is among the most recognizable women in the world, and she’s had more than a few stalkers during her lengthy career. The details of those incidents are downright disturbing.

Paltrow has been the object of a stalker’s affections for 20 years

Back in 2017, an Ohio man was found not guilty of felony stalking charges levied against him. The stalker, Dante Soiu stood accused of sending over 60 messages and gifts to Paltrow over six years, according to Oxygen. Court documents note that some of the packages contained pornographic material. While Soiu’s recent behavior is disturbing in and of itself, the entire situation gets even creepier when you find out it isn’t the first time he’s been arrested for stalking the Avengers: Endgame actress.

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2019 ELLE Women In Hollywoo
Gwyneth Paltrow | Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

Soiu was picked up for the same offense back in 2000. During the early 2000s, Soiu allegedly sent a plethora of letters and gifts to Paltrow, several included sex toys. He was found not guilty in that case, too, but was ordered by a judge to undergo mental health treatment. Soiu insisted that his recent stint of messages were merely meant to inform Paltrow that he was still willing to marry her whenever she was ready.

A second order of protection was issued for Paltrow

Soiu isn’t the only stalker desperate for Paltrow’s affections. According to The Blast a 35-year-old man was arrested for stalking several celebrities in 2017; aside from Paltrow, the unnamed stalker is believed to have tried to contact Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump.

Paltrow was granted an order of protection against the man and stated that he had even gone so far as to attempt to gain contact with her children via their school’s email system. Paltrow noted that she fears for her safety, as well as the safety of both Apple and Moses. Paltrow shares the two children with her ex-husband, Chris Martin. The pair divorced in 2016. Apple Martin is 15. The former couple’s youngest child, Moses, is 13. Paltrow has since remarried.

Stalking is more common than you think

Obsessed fans are nothing new in Hollywood. Many stars have dealt with them, and in some cases, it’s ended in absolute tragedy. Christine Grimmie, a contestant on The Voice, was killed by an obsessed fan while signing autographs in 2016. In 1989, Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered by her stalker when he saw her in a movie that enraged him. Dimebag Darrell and John Lennon were both killed by obsessed fans, too.  

Thankfully, tragic ends are not all that common, but the risk remains. Buzzfeed notes that the social media era is making the issue worse. Because stars are forced to give intimate glimpses into their lives, it’s easy for fans to pinpoint their whereabouts. It is also easy for an unstable mind to craft a close connection in their minds that doesn’t exist. Those two points together can create a perfect storm, and several celebrities know all too well how terrifying the results actually are. Everyone from Kylie Jenner to Beyonce has been forced to take legal action against stalkers in recent years.