Vanity Fair is threatening to expose Gwyneth Paltrow's alleged affair with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer in the unauthorized "takedown" story about the actress, despite her efforts to derail the piece.
It looks like Paltrow's feud with Vanity Fair just heated up in a major way. On the heels of Paltrow's escape from L.A., new reports suggest that the Vanity Fair piece confirmed by Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter may reveal that she cheated on her husband with Soffer.
According to Page Six, Vanessa Grigoriadis, the writer commissioned to pen the Paltrow exposé, has been interviewing Miami's high society set to dig up details about the rumored affair. "Vanity Fair is asking if Gwyneth had an affair with Jeff back in 2008 when he reopened the Fountainebleau," an insider said. "He flew her in for the party, and she stayed at his house."
Although Paltrow was married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin at the time, the couple was reportedly in the midst of a rough patch. Although Paltrow's reps denied the infidelity rumors, arguing that "Jeff Soffer is a friend of Gwyneth," sources said their chemistry was far from platonic. In fact, the actress and mother of two "remained closed off in a private section with Soffer" during the Fountainebleau soiree.
During the time of Paltrow and Soffer's alleged affair, sources said she was spending time away from her husband at the billionaire's Indian Creek Island mansion, even during Thanksgiving. "Gwyneth has confided to friends that she and Chris are taking a break," a source said. "Jeff is crazy about her."
Nevertheless, the content of the VF tell-all remains a secret, although it has been made very clear that it will not be flattering. Paltrow has been understandably anxious about the outcome, and even tried to persuade her Hollywood friends to boycott the magazine. "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline," Paltrow said. "Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again."
In response, Carter announced that Vanity Fair had started the Paltrow piece, and insinuated the decision was fueled by her sabotage. "We started a story on her. We have a very good writer, and it'll run," Carter said. "She sort of forced my hand."