Gwyneth Paltrow’s Most Ridiculous Gym Demands

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“I’m not touching someone else’s shower water, that’s gross!”

Gwyneth Paltrow does everything more beautifully than you, but nobody maintains Gwyneth levels of perfection without being at least a little bit nuts. In Gwyneth’s case, not only does the woman exercise for two hours every day, she’s such a germophobe gym diva that she even stands out among the clients at Tracy Anderson gyms, and Anderson’s clients are a pretty chi-chi lot.

According to Life & Style, Gwyneth won’t use a shower at the gym unless she’s had someone wash it and wipe it dry first. An “insider” told the tabloid:

“Before she showers, Gwyneth makes someone go into the stall and wipe the entire shower dry! She refuses to touch what she calls ‘somebody else’s shower water.’”

I’m far from a germaphobe — I wear sandals in New York and generally just assume that any germs I can’t see are just making me stronger — but I guess I can see where someone would not want to walk into a damp gym shower. But wouldn’t it be enough to just, you know, turn on the shower for a second before getting in there? Or maybe give it a quick wipe down oneself. I’m sure Gwynnie’s tony gym has a pretty high standard of cleanliness, and I’d be pretty embarrassed to ask a person to clean an already clean shower before I used it.

It also sounds like she threw a bit of a diva strop when she found out her gym didn’t carry Smart Water. They carried other fancy brands of bottled water, but she wanted her Smart Water and the gym had to send someone out to buy some for her.

Jeez, Gwyneth, bring your own water. Or drink tap water; it’s supposed to be better for you and the environment than bottled water anyway.

But by far the weirdest thing about Gwyneth’s gym behavior is that she won’t use the toilet paper. She demands a new, unopened roll be handed over just for her.

“She also refuses to use toilet paper that anyone has touched and demands an unopened package,” the source said. “It’s nuts.”

Yes, yes it is. No amount of pubic hair candidness or doing the Dougie at your fancy garden party can make a person seem down to Earth after she’s demanded a roll of virgin toilet paper. What do you think she does at restaurants? Or airports?

Via Life & Style/Photo: WENN


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    • Mel

      Actually, I’m more surprised that she goes to a normal people’s gym (you know, your typical millionaire).

      • Jen

        Tracy Anderson’s gym costs $900/month, so…

      • Mel

        Note to self; work on sarcasm

    • LynnKell

      Such a waste of resources! Not ecological, Gwyneth, not at all.

    • Klee

      I get the shower thing-if I had her money, I’d have someone clean the public shower for me before using it, cuz I have low immunity and therefore a justifiable germ phobia. But the t.p.? I don’t get that part…

      • Annie

        And the Smart Water.

        It’s because you’re not a selfish, imposing jerk. And the money thing is moot because tbh, I think most people would be cool if someone with a compromised immune system asked for a hand with that sort of thing. Like if I ran into you at the gym showers and you asked me to turn the taps for you so you don’t have to touch them and put yourself at risk, that’s totally a non-issue, and I think most people feel that way.

    • LJ

      Here’s a wild thought–what if GP has OCD?

      • LizzyBeth80

        I have OCD and I am not that anal retentive… here is another wild thought — maybe she is just a huge c—?

      • Annie

        Yeah… I have raging OCD and would probably be doing a stunningly accurate impression of Howard Hughes right now were it not for heavy medication.

        I don’t think it’s anal retentiveness, but an obnoxious lack of caring when it comes on imposing herself upon others. When my OCD makes me do weird shit, that’s my problem, I don’t wildly inconvenience people over it.

      • Holly

        Mhmm. I deal with a lot of OCD issues and I would never do this. If it was something I couldn’t handle, and I knew ahead of time I couldn’t handle it, I wouldn’t go to that place that has the things I cannot handle.

    • anitalossatekila

      if I am paying $900/mo for a gym membership. I would expect the same level of service. I would expect the showers to be wiped dry after every use. Unwrapped small packages of tp. and a HUUUGE variety of designer water. What the hell am I paying that money for? I am patronizing your gym w/my big celebrity name. You are getting endorsed by associating your name with me. Oh, you becha im gonna make you work for it. duh.

    • srichey321

      I go to a yoga studio and A lot of women are this way — nothing to do with being rich and famous.