Gwyneth Paltrow Says ‘Desperation’ During Her Father’s Cancer Battle Led to Her Wellness Journey

Years ago Gwyneth Paltrow started making her transition from acting to wellness. Her company now has a website and Netflix show promoting different products and practices. Paltrow revealed what sparked her own wellness journey, which led to this transition.

Gwyneth Paltrow started Goop with a mission

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the goop lab Special Screening
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the goop lab Special Screening | Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Paltrow started Goop as a newsletter back in 2008. The website claimed she “created Goop to organize her unbiased travel recommendations, health-centric recipes, and shopping discoveries for friends, and also a place to get her own questions – about health, fitness, and psych – answered.”

It later became a website that recommended and sold different items. The brand started to receive backlash over the price of the items, and the health advice that was offered.

Goop eventually settled a lawsuit by paying $145,000 for false advertisement of Jade Eggs. There was a claim that they “increase vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy.”

Paltrow’s picture during the coronavirus pandemic received backlash

Paltrow posted a picture of herself in a black dress, black mask, and gloves holding groceries on Instagram. She wrote about going to the local farmer’s market and the importance of social-distancing in the caption.

“Yesterday I heard tales of crowded hiking trails and parks,” read part of the caption. “Although we are all on a learning curve and aren’t always perfect as we figure out this temporary new normal, we must take the orders seriously and not abuse the freedoms we still have; grocery store and essential errand runs, bike rides or walks (being disciplined about correct protocol). It’s not the time for denial.”

This got some backlash from critics of her company. “Why do you need gloves and a mask? Isn’t your immune-boosting supplement that you were promoting at the start of flu season effective? Also, you know she f*cking coordinated her unnecessary mask with her dress. I just can’t even,” one doctor tweeted.

She said her father’s cancer battle got her interested in wellness

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Paltrow talked to Town & Country about how she started to be interested in wellness. She said her father, Bruce Paltrow’s battle with throat cancer really changed her life.

“His treatment was so brutal, I was thinking, almost out of desperation, that we had to be able to do something else to help him,” she said. “That’s when I started to research food and nutrition.”

Her father died in 2002 at the age of 58. She later stopped smoking and created Goop in 2008. “I think what this wellness movement is really about is listening to yourself, tuning into what interests you, and trying things,” Paltrow said. “Find what makes you feel better and go from there.”

Paltrow did note that although her father set her on her path, that’s not how she was raised. “There wasn’t a lot of wellness in the house,” Paltrow said. Now she has her own wellness brand.