14 of Gwyneth Paltrow's Biggest Rivals, Frenemies, and Foes (PHOTOS)

Laura Anastasia | Jul 23, 2015 Celebrities
14 of Gwyneth Paltrow's Biggest Rivals, Frenemies, and Foes (PHOTOS)

Gwyneth Paltrow seems to know how to make enemies. The controversial Oscar winner reportedly has clashed with everyone from former bestie Madonna to Jennifer Garner. It doesn't seem like Paltrow is afraid to speak her mind, even if it means slamming other celebrities -- and working class moms -- in the media. Her despised status earned her the title World's Most Hated Celebrity in 2013. Her lofty lifestyle site, Goop, adds fuel to the fire, as some think it's chockfull of out-of-touch content and crazy expensive gift guides.


Paltrow tries to drown out the negative energy with close BFFs, sometimes with disastrous results. Several of the polarizing star's high-profile friendships have ended in fierce feuds, including spats with Kate Moss and Winona Ryder. Here's a look at Paltrow's biggest enemies -- for now.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence


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    Paltrow and the lovable Lawrence weren't exactly coupling up after The Hunger Games star began dating Paltrow's ex Chris Martin. Though Paltrow claimed she was fine with Lawrence and Martin hooking up, reports claim she did her best to avoid having her kids meet J.Law early on. 

  • Madonna


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    Watch out for claws! Once fiercely close, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow had a falling out in 2010, reportedly because the Material Girl ditched their mutual fitness trainer and friend, Tracy Anderson. 

  • Jennifer Garner


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    All-smiles Garner reportedly had nothing but sneers after learning that Paltrow's son Moses was going to be in her daughter Violet's class back in 2009. Garner reluctantly let Violet attend Moses's birthday party but flipped when Paltrow's boy ended up at her house for a playdate. The girl fight allegedly stemmed from the actresses' shared love connection. Garner was married to Paltrow's ex, Ben Affleck.


  • Angelina Jolie


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    When Paltrow enraged women everywhere by claiming that moms with 9-5 office jobs have it easier than she does, Jolie was quickly to strike down the Goop guru's A-list mommy woes. "I'm in a rare position where I don't have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it," Jolie countered.

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  • Reese Witherspoon


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    Paltrow didn't win over Witherspoon with her backhanded compliment about the Legally Blonde actress's big-screen skills. Paltrow has said of Witherspoon: "You see her in something like Walk the Line and think, 'God, you're so great!' And then you think, 'Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?' But of course, it's for money and status."

  • Joan Rivers


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    There was no love lost between Paltrow and the late comedienne. Paltrow reportedly once stormed the Fashion Police set after an unflattering critique. "She came in and yelled at us, but she stood up. She can't sit down, because she's got a stick up her rear-end," Rivers told Andy Cohen in 2014. 

  • Chloe Sevigny


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    After Paltrow dissed the Met Gala in 2013 for being boiling, crowded, and "un-fun," Sevigny struck back with a blow aimed squarely at Paltrow's hot pink Valentino gown: "Maybe her sleeves were too tight!"

  • Jessica Alba


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    Paltrow was allegedly overheard insulting Alba's natural products biz while at the gym. The Goop guru reportedly was offended by people comparing her lifestyle brand with Alba's Honest Company. 

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  • Winona Ryder


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    These two reportedly shared an apartment before hitting it big, but the tight bond between Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder fizzled after Paltrow won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. Ryder reportedly had been offered the role until Paltrow read the script and asked to audition.

  • Jennifer Lopez


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    Ben Affleck's exes aren't exactly on the best terms. Lopez and Paltrow have slung nasty comments in the press, including J-Lo's 1998 claim: "I don't remember anything [Paltrow] was in. Some people get hot by association. I heard more about her and Brad Pitt than I ever heard about her work."


  • Scarlett Johansson


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    Paltrow and Johansson reportedly clashed on the set of Iron Man 2, in part because the buxom Scarjo was featured more prominently in the movie's publicity campaign.  

  • Martha Stewart


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    The lifestyle guru and domestic diva were friendly back in 2011, but the gloves came off just two years later as Paltrow's Goop gained exposure and popularity. Martha Stewart has said of Paltrow, "She's a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart." Perhaps in response, Paltrow posted a recipe for a "Jailbird Cake" on Goop.

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  • Kate Moss


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    There's no love lost between these former besties (shown here with Liv Tyler). Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss allegedly fought — and threw potato chips — over Paltrow's decision to jog before a party in Mexico in 2012 — say what? Paltrow's rep claims the fight never happened, however. It seems that sometimes things just sort of "chip away" at friendships.

  • Her Brentwood Neighbors


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    The actress won't be getting invited to the neighborhood block party anytime soon. Her Brentwood, California, neighbors complain about Paltrow to no end. They allegedly claim she and ex Chris Martin put up an illegal 9-foot privacy fence, planted rows of huge fir trees, and littered their property with loads of no trespassing signs. Others say the actress's home is always under construction, with the workers parking illegal in other people's driveways.

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