Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals Details Behind the 1 Time She Took MDMA

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those people who will likely always be controversial. She began her career as an actress, becoming one of the most popular stars of the ’90s and early 2000s. After winning an Oscar for her work in Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow took a step back from acting to form her lifestyle brand Goop. In the years since, Paltrow has become somewhat of a lifestyle maven, although not always a beloved one. In fact, many people have problems with Paltrow and the so-called pseudoscience that Goop presents. Now that she has a brand-new Netflix series, The Goop Lab, people are finding more reasons to take issue with Paltrow than ever before. 

Lots of people don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow is a beautiful, successful woman with a thriving career and a seemingly happy family life. However, many people have a raging dislike of Paltrow. There are a wide variety of reasons that people find Paltrow unsavory. A lot of it seems to boil down to the way she comes across in interviews. Many have accused her of “flaunting her privilege” by posting items she recommends on Goop that cost thousands of dollars – but for Paltrow, these items are “must-haves.”

Others have accused Paltrow of being too full of herself and of living a lifestyle that is well beyond the understanding of ordinary people. Certainly, she seems to rub people the wrong way with many of the things that she says. However, it seems that the most obvious reason people don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow comes down to her lifestyle company, Goop, and the alternative science that it presents. Goop has ended up in hot water over the years, even getting slapped with a major lawsuit after getting accused of false advertising. 

Gwyneth Paltrow looking off to the side, smiling, wearing all black
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix series is divisive

At the end of January, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new series, The Goop Lab, premiered on Netflix. The six-episode series is an “exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics, including: psychedelics, cold therapy, female pleasure, anti-aging, energy healing and psychics.” In essence, the series is a deeper dive into the sort of topics that the Goop website pushes on a daily basis, with Paltrow at the forefront of each episode.

While Netflix doesn’t release viewership information on each specific show that they feature, it is safe to say that many viewers do not like the series. In fact, on IMDb, the series has a staggeringly low viewer rating of 2.3, with many people calling out the “unsafe science” that the show represents. Other reviews have called the series “dangerous” and “plain and simple garbage.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience with psychedelic drugs

In spite of the negative reviews, Paltrow has seemingly very much enjoyed the experience. On several episodes, she has opened up and revealed some interesting information about her personal life. In fact, in the very first episode, while several Goop staff members took mushrooms in Jamaica in order to partake in a therapeutic experience, Paltrow talked about a related memory from her recent past. Paltrow claimed that during a trip to Mexico with her then-boyfriend Brad Falchuk, she took the psychedelic drug MDMA. As Paltrow stated, “It was a very, very emotional experience. Being the person that people perceive me to be is inherently traumatic.” 

Falchuk and Paltrow got married in 2018, and although they are reportedly happy together, their marriage is certainly unconventional. One thing is clear about Paltrow – she is comfortable with who she is and in spite of the negativity surrounding her and her brand, she will continue to pursue ideas and projects that interest her.