Photo Credit: Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Gwyneth Paltrow is something of a health nut. The GOOP creator and It's All Good cookbook author loves to tell people how they should diet, work out and stay healthy, but it turns out the actress has been keeping a dirty little secret: She smokes cigarettes.
Let us say that again: Gwyneth Paltrow smokes cigarettes. While she's preaching about how bad mayonnaise and butter is for the world, she's putting rat poison and tar into her lungs. But it's okay, according to her, because she only smokes one cig a week.
When asked about her vices, she told Harper's Bazaar that it's "my one light American Spirit that I smoke once a week, on Saturday night." She explains that nicotine is not her only indulgence. "You know, I use organic products, but I get lasers. It's what makes life interesting, finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu."
Everyone is allowed a guilty pleasure, obviously. And we shouldn't blame Paltrow for needing to find a balance between being healthy and keeping herself happy. But for a woman who has built a business around her brand of healthy living, it boggles the mind that she smokes cigarettes. Should this make her more endearing and relatable? Maybe, but it just makes us angry. Please don't talk to us about what foods we can and cannot eat and the extreme lengths to which we need to go in order to live a clean lifestyle if you're poisoning yourself once a week.
Paltrow has spent years positioning herself as a great role model, and this pretty much ruins that illusion. Even learning that she lets her kids cheat on their gluten-free diet with Oreos, which is actually kind of cute and totally okay, didn't rile us up like this.
We're sure Paltrow knows that cigarettes are bad for her. But we wish she would have put some effort into explaining why her habit is so dangerous. What if those who idolize Paltrow and her health agenda begin to think that they should add a cigarette to their weekly GOOP and Tracy Anderson Method lifestyle? That's not a message Paltrow should be proud of sending.