The times they are a-changin’ for Gwyneth Paltrow. After a year of love lost, love found and a death in the family, the actress is now making the leap to a new religion.
Sources say that Paltrow is attempting to privately convert to Judaism, according to Page Six. Previous to the current conversion, Paltrow was a loyal follower of the popular Hollywood religion Kabbalah, which has its roots in Judaism but is still considered separate from the Jewish faith.
Celebrating Judaism should not be a foreign concept for Paltrow. Her late father, Bruce Paltrow, was Jewish, while her mother, Blythe Danner, is Christian. Paltrow has previously said that she was raised in a blended Jewish/Christian household and it “was such a nice way to grow up,” according to the New York Post‘s gossip rag.
Paltrow was very close to her father and previously stated that spirituality had inspired her to talk to his ghost. “I am interested in Jewish and Christian mysticism and Sufism. I’m also interested in cause and effect and karma and God,” she explained to The Sun in 2012. “I don’t know if I’ll ever see him again,” she said of her father, adding, “I still feel my dad, I still feel his love, I still speak to him and I still love him.”
Paltrow’s nod to her father’s spirituality comes during a turbulent year for the actress. In March, Paltrow and her rocker husband Chris Martin called it quits after 10 years of marriage and Paltrow raised eyebrows with what many perceived to be a highly pretentious divorce announcement on her website GOOP.com. “We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner,” Paltrow said in her statement.
Since splitting with Martin, Paltrow has been linked to Glee cocreator Brad Falchuk. The two were spotted canoodling in Los Angeles in August and were also seen on several vacations throughout the summer. Martin has reportedly moved on to much younger actress Jennifer Lawrence.
The Iron Man star suffered another personal blow in April when her paternal grandmother passed away, just six days after Paltrow announced her split from Martin.