Gwyneth Paltrow certainly has plenty of A-list friends to call any day, and maybe any hour. While she counts some people like Anna Wintour, Christina Applegate, and even Cameron Diaz among her best friends, it’s her friendship with Beyoncé that’s certainly garnered a lot of attention. That’s largely because they come from two different worlds — Paltrow is a Hollywood star, while Beyoncé is one of the biggest chart-topping stars in the music industry.
In 2015, Paltrow told The Howard Stern Show that she and ex-husband Chris Martin became friends with Beyoncé and Jay-Z thanks to their double dates and play dates with their kids. She said (via Us Weekly): “We’ve all become friends. I don’t usually do this, but [we vibed] in this special case. They are the tallest people. They’re funny and cute, confident and really smart.”
However, there was another famous singer that Paltrow also considered to be one of her closest friends: Madonna. However, that friendship quickly turned into a feud, with many fans still trying to figure out what went wrong to this day. There are obviously a number of reasons why the two have not spoken to each other in recent years.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna’s feud explained
Gwyneth Paltrow was at the peak of her game in the late 1990s thanks to her Oscar-winning performance in Shakespeare in Love. Similarly, Madonna was also on a high thanks to her critically acclaimed album Ray of Light and her 1998 hit Frozen. The two had a lot in common, mostly because Madonna fell in love and married British director Guy Ritchie, while Paltrow did the same with Chris Martin. As a result, both Paltrow and Madonna spent significant time in London and, in Madonna’s case, also picked up a British accent. And while fans could tell that Paltrow and Madonna’s friendship over high tea watching episodes of “Eastenders” was full of flatbreads, things between them fell apart pretty quickly. In 2010, Paltrow told British Vogue (via Us Weekly), “I’ve got a situation right now with a friend that I’m quite angry about.” Apparently, that was due to reports suggesting that Madonna wasn’t very nice to Paltrow’s good Friend and trainer Tracey Anderson was.
As if that wasn’t enough, sources close to the situation also said Paltrow and Madonna’s friendship began to fizzle out shortly after Madonna ended her marriage to Ritchie, per the Daily Mail. But that wasn’t the only problem between them.
The friendship between Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow collapsed
Madonna apparently pulled out one of her “I don’t know her” cards (Credit: Mariah Carey) and had someone hand it to Gwyneth Paltrow during the 2013 Met Gala because she was too busy taking bestie photos that night instead to make Beyoncé. according to MTV. A source close to the situation that night even told Us Weekly (via Celebitchy) that Madonna “chatted with Beyoncé for most of the night and didn’t even glance at Gwyneth.” Everyone was talking about it.” Ouch. Madonna not only snubbed her former best friend, but also stole her new friend Beyoncé at the same time.
As if that wasn’t enough, Paltrow hit back that same year by suggesting she had better abs compared to the singer. When asked whose six-pack was “far superior,” Paltrow said (via Mirror), “Why rub it in? Let’s be honest. I’m going to polarize my abs and text her.” Good thing Beyoncé has never been asked about her abs. How do you say “jealous” in British slang?