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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Energy Towards Her Exes Proves We Should Do As She Does, Not As She Says

There's some wisdom underneath all that Goop.

It’s no secret that we like dogpiling on Gwyneth Paltrow every now and again. But when she’s not doing and saying things in the name of Goop, there are times where she drops nuggets of wisdom that make us begrudgingly respect her.

Case in point: it turns out Gwyneth Paltrow is a great ex-girlfriend.

No, really.

Chatting to Harper’s Bazaar about all things Goop and whatever Gwynny’s got going on in her life, the topic turned towards her ex-boyfriends like Brad Pitt. While she’s now happily married to American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk, she says she’s still tight with some of her former flames.

“One of them is still one of my best friends—one from high school, Tony Woods.

“And I’m friendly with Brad Pitt. I don’t have any really bad blood.”

But the best little tidbit from Gwyneth’s interview is her gushing over Dakota Johnson, her ex-husband Chris Martin’s new girlfriend.

“I love her. I can see how it would seem weird because it’s sort of unconventional. But I think, in this case, just having passed through it iteratively, I just adore her.

“I always start to think of the ampersand sign—what else can you bring in, instead of being resistant to or being made insecure by? There’s so much juice in leaning in to something like that”.

Coming from a woman who is really into stuff like vaginal steaming (don’t do this) and jade eggs (or this), this attitude from Gwyneth towards her ex-husband’s new girlfriend is actually pretty damn cool. Hell, she even shared a lovely Instagram post about Dakota for her birthday.

Seems like Gywneth is actually onto something about this whole “conscious uncoupling” thing, which she actually talks about in a surprisingly enlightening manner:

“It’s not like there’s a finish line: ‘Oh, we consciously uncoupled; we’re done.’ It’s a lifelong commitment to constantly reinvent your relationship with your ex, which you do presumably because you have children together. I don’t see a reason to do it if you don’t have children together. Some people do.

“But I think we put all the hard work in at the beginning. I would say very rarely is it difficult now. We’ve learned how to communicate with each other. We love each other. We laugh. We have the best of each other. It’s really nice. It makes you feel like you don’t have to lose”.

While the chances of getting healthy advice on approaching relationships from Goop is less than zero, it seems like there’s much more wisdom to be gleaned from Gwyneth herself than the weird stuff she plugs on Goop.

Huh. Who would’ve thought that Gwyneth Paltrow is the ex-girlfriend we all wish we had?

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Joaquin Phoenix’s DGAF Interview At The Golden Globes Will Have You Loving Vegans

He's somehow done the impossible.

Between Ricky Gervais doing his usual hosting schtick to the inevitable snubbing of several worthy winners, the Golden Globes was yet another predictable snoozefest. But there was one eye-opening moment that kept things interesting and it came in the form of Joaquin Phoenix’s DGAF post-victory interview.

After giving an expletive-laden speech after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, the Joker star was whisked backstage for another round of interviews and he was not too pleased with having to speak to a room full of people after having done exactly the same thing just minutes earlier.

There goes that smile.

What little of Joaquin Phoenix’s patience ran out almost immediately as he was asked the usual slew of questions on how he prepared for Joker, to which he responded how that is all “old news” and he’s “answered this for six months.”

He ultimately gave an answer on his preparations for Joker before turning the entire interview on its head by asking the assembled crowd, “Have you guys been sitting here all night? Do they bring you food? Do you have drinks?”

From there the interview quickly turned into a surprisingly pleasant chat about veganism as Phoenix was asked about the vegan menu that was served at the Golden Globes and he was more than happy to talk about it, saying “This is the first time [he had] ever eaten the food at this ceremony” and he thought it was “excellent.”

Without being pushy or overly preachy, Phoenix then goes on to talk about how agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, how “consuming animal products is no longer a personal choice” and how this is all “having drastic consequences around the world.”

After pushing other award ceremonies to embrace a vegan menu like the Golden Globes, Phoenix deemed the 2020 Golden Globes event to be great, saying that he’s “never been so proud to attend an awards ceremony as [he was] tonight.”

Joaquin Phoenix may have won a Golden Globe for Joker, but his greatest performance that night was how he not only managed to bring a new level of DGAF-ness to the ceremony, he also somehow managed to educate people about veganism and climate change in a way that made vegans seem cool.

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A Third Kevin Spacey Accuser Has Died, But Let's Not Get Carried Away With Conspiracies

Best leave the theories and mysteries in the realm of fiction.

WARNING: This Kevin Spacey article discusses suicide.

Ari Behn, a Scandinavian writer who was the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and one of the people who had accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct – has reportedly died at the age of 47.

According to a statement from late writer’s manager (via The Hollywood Reporter), Ari Behn committed suicide on Christmas Day. No further details have been revealed.

Behn found success as best-selling author who also dabbled in modelling and playwriting. He made headlines in 2017 when he alleged that Kevin Spacey had groped him during a Nobel Peace Prize afterparty.

The tragedy of this news has sadly been undercut by the release of a weird and creepy season’s greetings video on Christmas Eve by Kevin Spacey. Much like the one he released in 2018, this new video sees the actor make some bizarre speech about killing enemies with kindness while portraying his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood.

Due to the unfortunate timing of Ari Behn’s death with Kevin Spacey’s cooked video, the internet has been a blaze with conspiracies over how these two events are linked, and how Behn is the third accuser to die since allegations against the actor were brought to light.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in crazy murder conspiracies given how on edge the world is, particularly with all the wild Jeffrey Epstein stuff, but let’s not carried away with any wild theories about Ari Behn’s death.

Not only is this disrespectful to victims of sexual assault, those struggling with mental health issues, and to Behn – who has talked candidly in the past about his struggles with his mental health – it feeds into the stupid supervillain persona that Kevin Spacey has been trying to put forth following all the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Entertaining the idea of some wild conspiracy just eggs Spacey on to keep this ridiculous schtick up and desensitise the public to the seriousness of the allegations brought against him, which is the last thing everyone needs when the man is already using his Hollywood money and influence to try and escape justice.

The simplest explanation to something is usually correct in almost all scenarios. In this case, it’s just unfortunate that Ari Behn’s death coincided with Kevin Spacey’s latest attempt to win back the public’s trust.

Let’s leave the conspiracies firmly in the realm of fiction and see this news as what it is: a man who succumbed to his struggle with mental health.

If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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