Gwyneth Paltrow Under Fire for Saying Kids of Celebs ‘Work Twice as Hard’

Gwyneth Paltrow is under fire for saying children of celebrities have to “work twice as hard” to prove themselves.


On Wednesday, July 27, the Goop founder49, appeared on an episode of Hailey Bieber‘s vlog “Who’s in my bathroom” and discussed her experience growing up with famous parents. Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and late director Bruce Paltrow. She is also the god-daughter of Steven Spielberg.

“As the child of someone, you get access other people don’t have, so the playing field is not level in that way,” she told the Rhode founder25. “However, I really do feel that once your foot is in the door, which you unfairly got in, then you almost have to work twice as hard and be twice as good.”

The Shallow Hall actress explained, “Because people are ready to pull you down and say, ‘You don’t belong there,’ or, ‘You are only there because of your dad or your mom.'”

Gwyneth Paltrow Backlash Over Nepotism Comments
Gwyneth Paltrow hosts a panel discussion at the JVP International Cyber ​​Center grand opening on February 03, 2020 in New York City. She’s currently under fire for her comments on celebrity children.
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Fans were quick to share their thoughts on Twitter, with one person writing, “It’s so wild how out of touch celebrities are.” Another agreed, “Wait, the lady who sells pseudoscience for a living is out of touch!?”

“It’s the delusion for me,” a third said, while Sirius XM host Mariah Smith posted, “Ok white lady.”

The backlash was similar on Instagram. “Sigh … just sigh,” someone shared, which garnered 112 likes, while a separate user fumed, “‘Once their foot is in the door’ lol most people work hard their entire lives and never even get to see the door . …no one feels bad for your kids, sorry Gwyneth.” At the time of publication, that comment racked up 117 likes.

While giving advice to other privileged children, the mom of two, who shares kids Apple and Moses with ex-husband Chris Martinsaid the “privileged” label “shouldn’t limit” their future goals.

Bieber “agreed” with Paltrow’s message, noting, “I need to hear this today.”

The model comes from a famous family herself. Her father is actor Stephen Baldwin, and her uncles Alec, William and Daniel Baldwin are also actors. Her mom is Stephen’s wife, Brazilian graphic designer Kennya Baldwin.

During their 19-minute chat, Paltrow revealed she worked with Bieber’s dad, which came as a surprise to the star.

“Oh, not me not knowing that,” Bieber, who is married to singer Justin Biebersaid.

The Emmy Award winner added that Stephen “was great” and “so nice.”

The Arizona native sounded relieved, saying she “loved hearing that” and that it would be awkward if she had “some horror story” to tell.

Paltrow laughed, joking that “it would be bad” if she, for example, “f***ked” her dad “in the bathroom.”

“I’ve had that happen to me!” Bieber revealed, suggesting she had heard something similar before. “I don’t know if he even knows that I know that, but I have had that happen.”

The Iron Man alum was quick to clarify, “I didn’t! I didn’t,” to which Bieber said, “Well that’s good to know, okay.”

This isn’t the first time the Shakespeare in Love star has received backlash over her comments. Paltrow was previously slammed after claiming she started the face mask trend amid the coronavirus pandemic, and in July 2011, she took heat for saying she would “rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.” Five years later, the Los Angeles-born star doubled down on that same comment in a Goop article.

“You know, crack might be extreme, but spray cheese is not my kind of party,” she said.

Newsweek reached out to Paltrow’s representative for comment.

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