In a new interview Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has expressed her future plans to sell her wellness empire Goop and retire from the spotlight.
“We’re not ready to sell yet. I need a few more years,” Paltrow, 51, told Bustle, adding she has “no idea” who would buy the company but that she’d be happy to leave it behind before her 55th birthday in three years time.
“I will literally disappear from public life,” Paltrow continued. “No one will ever see me again.”
In 2018, the New York Times estimated the company to be worth a cool USD $250 million (AUD $395 million ) but the actress says she’s not motivated by the money—perhaps in the same way she wasn’t during her ski accident court trial earlier this year where she took just USD $1 from the plaintiff.
“I could never get attracted to the really rich guy,” she says. “And I don’t make choices to build value in the wrong way. I’ve always done independent films. I don’t know. Money has never been my thing. It’s never been my driver.”
For Paltrow, who is really motivated by the “creating, collaborating, being struck with new ideas, innovating, thinking ahead, strategy, vision” side of Goop, she’s in a new phase of her life now, one which is seeing a lot of changes in her family as well.
“I’m in a phase where I feel like things are just extra, extra messy because I have so much to do,” she says. “My son and stepson are both seniors in high school, and sometimes I feel like the college process is a full-time job in and of itself. So I’m trying to keep the domestic stuff on track, and we have a lot going on at the company… So I’m just f*cking up. I’ve burned three things in the oven this weekend, just stuff like that, where you’re like, ‘What the f*ck?’”
“I thought in my 50s I could downshift for some reason. I don’t really know why I thought that would happen.”
“Now there’s this whole nepo baby culture, and judgment that exists around kids of famous people. [Apple’s] really just a student, and she’s been very… She just wants to be a kid and be at school and learn,” says Paltrow. “But there’s nothing wrong with doing or wanting to do what your parents do. Nobody rips on a kid who’s like ‘I want to be a doctor like my dad and granddad.’”
You can read her full interview here.