Things may not be looking good for Gwyneth Paltrow. Despite the 41-year-old actress' attempts to prevent a story from running in Vanity Fair, editor-in-chief Graydon Carter announced on Sunday, Oct. 13 that their article will still run. Now, on Friday, Oct. 18, The New York Post's Page Six reports that the writer for rumored takedown piece is investigating whether Paltrow had an affair with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer.
According to Page Six, sources say Vanity Fair has been looking into Paltrow's friendship with Soffer, who is the owner of Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel. "Vanity Fair is asking if Gwyneth had an affair with Jeff back in 2008 when he reopened the Fontainebleau," an insider told Page Six. "He flew her in for the party, and she stayed at his house." (Paltrow's rep told Us Weekly Friday that Page Six's report is "ridiculous." The spokesperson added, "She has been friends for him for a long time. Chris [Martin] is friends with him as well. He flew down a dozen friends. There was no romantic relationship.")
Paltrow has two children, Apple, 9, and Moses, 7, with husband Chris Martin, whom she wed in 2003. Soffer, meanwhile, married former Fashion Star host Elle Macpherson in July 2013.
The New York Times issued a report in September that the Iron Man 3 actress allegedly wrote an email to her celebrity friends asking them not to speak to Vanity Fair. "Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine," she reportedly wrote in May of this year, per a witness who saw the email in question. "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again." Vanity Fair's Carter admitted to the Times of London on Oct. 13, "We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it'll run."
The New York Post initially reported on Paltrow's visit with Soffer when it occurred in 2008, claiming they left the hotel together in his Bentley and she joined him on his yacht with Kate Hudson the next day. But Paltrow's rep told the paper at the time, "Jeff Soffer is a friend of Gwyneth."
Paltrow has been outspoken about her marriage with Coldplay frontman Martin, saying it hasn't always been blissful. "It's hard being married," she told Glamour U.K.'s June 2013 issue. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple."
She also told Refinery 29 last month that infidelity isn't necessarily a deal-breaker. "I would like to think that I would be forgiving and/or forgiven, but I can't give an honest answer as I haven't really experienced that," Paltrow said.