In her latest GOOP newsletter, Gwyneth Paltrow talks about why the media spins stories negatively and mentions a â€œfrenemy,â€ most likely referring to her former best friend, actress Winona Ryder. (Their friendship ended when Gwyn reportedly stole the part of Shakespeare in Love from Winona. Industry insiders have denied this rumor.)
“Back in the day, I had a â€˜frenemyâ€™ who, as it turned out, was pretty hell-bent on taking me down. This person really did what they could to hurt me. I was deeply upset, I was angry, I was all of those things you feel when you find out that someone you thought you liked was venomous and dangerous. I restrained myself from fighting back. I tried to take the high road. But one day I heard that something unfortunate and humiliating had happened to this person. And my reaction was deep relief andâ€¦happiness. There went the high road. So, why does it feel so good to hear something bad about someone you donâ€™t like? Or someone you DO like? Or someone you donâ€™t KNOW? I once asked the editor of a tabloid newspaper why all of the stories about a famous British couple had a negative bent. He said that when the headline was positive, the paper didnâ€™t sell. Why is that? Whatâ€™s wrong with us? I asked the sages to shed a little light. Hereâ€™s to washing our mouths out with soapâ€¦ Love, Gwyneth.â€
The â€œunfortunate and humiliatingâ€ incident Gwyn mentioned is likely referring to Winonaâ€™s 2001 shoplifting incident, where she stole $5K worth of designer clothes and accessories at a Saks Fifth Avenue department store.