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Uh-oh. It would appear that all is not so good in Goop land. After Gwyneth Paltrow's buzzy platform hosted its Wellness Summit in London — attracting attendees who paid up to $5,700 per ticket — the reviews started pouring in. Not all of them were favorable.
Page Six reports that one "prominent British guest" sent a WhatsApp message to a group, calling Paltrow a "f--king extortionist." The general consensus, the column claims, is that the weekend-long summit amounted to a long sales pitch for Goop, and attendees were apparently disappointed to see that Paltrow herself skipped out on several of the events.
It's also been reported that Goop encouraged attendees to book rooms at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel for $1300 for a two-night stay and a gluten-free breakfast. However, guests later claimed that rates at the hotel start at around $250 after doing some independent research.
And apparently, summit workshops such as how to "hydrate mindfully" didn't quite make up the difference. As one attendee ruefully told Page Six, "Gwyneth acts like she’s a health goddess, but actually she’s a pretentious, greedy extortionist. She had a ton of security . . . She was unapproachable. She did the minimum — a few fireside chats with Twiggy and Penelope Cruz, then she put on her Birkenstocks and snuck out . . . I was a huge fan of Gwyneth; now I feel like I have lost my faith in God."
A rep for Goop countered the reviews with the claim that the weekend's actual value was close to $8,000. The rep also said that Paltrow walked around the summit and hosted a workout class and a panel discussion. As for any guest complaints, the rep said, "We have not received negative feedback . . . [It] was more along the lines of, ‘Thanks for an amazing weekend!’ ”
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