Is there any reason to believe that Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon are feuding? Well, there’s the fact that they both own lifestyle companies. Since their companies kind of compete with each other, there must be all kinds of bad blood there, right?
Ugh, Hollywood. This trope is getting really old.
Why do we have to insist on pitting women against each other whenever possible? We see it just about every time there’s a high-profile celebrity breakup — there must be another woman to blame for the split, the headlines proclaim. Spoiler alert: A breakup is never an outside woman’s fault because it’s a decision that can only be made by the two people doing the breaking up.
This situation is even sillier. Paltrow owns Goop, and Witherspoon owns Draper James. According to a recent interview Paltrow did with People magazine, that means a lot of people think they’re against one another.
“The media has tried to triangulate myself and Jessica Alba or myself and Reese Witherspoon, there is genuinely no competitive spirit between us,” Paltrow explained.
She added that she thinks the perception comes from the idea that these female actors shouldn’t be branching out and doing things like starting businesses.
“The instinct is women aren’t allowed to change,” she said. “We’re comfortable with you in this public persona. Stay in your lane, and if you’re going to leave your lane we’re going to pit you against every other woman who is trying to do the same thing. My personal opinion is that we need more women being entrepreneurial [and saying], ‘I want to do something different, I want to be brave,’ and having other women there to support them in the process.”
Bottom line: There’s no feud here. Stop trying to make one out of nothing.