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Vanity Fair editor compares Gwyneth Paltrow to North Korean dictator

Philip Sherwell

Published 05/02/2014 | 07:27

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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (earring detail) attends the 'Contagion' premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 3, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)  
Date created:  03 Sep 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow’s new year detox diet has been described as planned starvation. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11:  Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin pictured in recent weeks.
NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Editor-In-Chief of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter arrives at the 7th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party on April 22, 2008 at the State Supreme Courthouse in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Editor-In-Chief of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter

Graydon Carter, editor of the ‘celebrity bible’, breaks silence over feud with actress after she urged showbusiness friends to boycott the magazine because of ‘epic takedown’ report.

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In the latest twist to one of the most bitter feuds in the celebrity world, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, has accused Gywneth Paltrow of behaving like North Korea’s dictator by urging friends never to speak to the magazine again.

Ms Paltrow went on the offensive after it was reported that the prestigious publication was planning an “epic takedown”, including embarrassing revelations about her personal life.

What emerged instead was an epic feud that has been the talk of American showbusiness circles. Mr Carter has now gone public for the first time about the row in an editor’s letter in the forthcoming Hollywood edition of a magazine often dubbed the “celebrity bible”.

He notes that “what began so innocently quickly took a turn" when the magazine’s writer contacted representatives and friends of Ms Paltrow, a regular Vanity Fair cover-girl before the fall-out.

“She asked that they not speak to Vanity Fair about her, or about anything else ever again,” he writes. “Ever. Never. Kim Jong-un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand.”

At the height of the “takedown” speculation, Ms Paltrow, who is married to Chris Martin, denied that she had an affair with Jeff Sofer, a Florida billionaire now married to Elle Macpherson.

The writer delivered a “delightfully written” piece that “was such a far cry from the almost mythical story that people were by now expecting - the 'epic takedown,' filled with 'bombshell' revelations - that it was bound to be a disappointment”, Mr Carter explains

So he “decided to sit on it for a time”, an editorial decision that prompted criticism that he had caved to pressure from Ms Paltrow. He said that at one stage, she called him during the "will it or won't it run" controversy and even asked for his advice on how to win round the “haters”.

He jokingly suggested that she put on 15 pounds, saying that worked for him. The actress responded that he had acquired more weight than that. Verbal jousting aside, Ms Paltrow has since insisted the feud is over.

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