It seems that it was just yesterday that Gwyneth Paltrow took her lifestyle website Goop to announce her split from long-time husband Chris Martin in a post called “Conscious Uncoupling.” Little did she know that there was still one more “uncoupling” that fate had in store for her.It's been reported that her business partner and highly regarded Goop CEO, Seb Bishop has quit his position at the website, leaving the actress in a bit of a spot. Page Six has the scoop on this new scandal that confirms the fact Gwyneth is running things her way, consequences be damned!
Bishop is regarded as a top British entrepreneur who has previously acted as international CEO of the AIDS-fighting charity called RED. He left that position in 2011 to join Goop, Paltrow's self-professed lifestyle-changing portal.
The scandal part comes when we find out that Paltrow announced her London staff, which included Bishop, that she would be closing down operations in town and moving them to Los Angeles, probably in a move to cut all ties from Chris Martin.
A source close to the situation reveals that “Seb was ready to move his wife Heidi and their children from London, and had even been looking at properties in Los Angeles, but then he abruptly quit.”
But something must have happened between then and now, because, since then, Seb has signed his resignation and left his job as CEO. The source adds that “There is speculation that he and Paltrow disagreed on the direction of Goop, partly that she used the Web site as a vehicle for her personal life, and the ‘conscious uncoupling’ announcement.”
A representative for Paltrow denies the split, claiming that Bishop is still very much a part of Goop. “It’s not completely true. Seb is still with Goop, but has decided not to relocate his family to Los Angeles. He will be transitioning out over time until a replacement is named.”
This split from Bishop comes as a heavy blow to Paltrow since the 40-year-old multimillionaire was a top ad agency art director that was well versed in the industry and had several successes under his belt. It seems that creative differences got in the way and the speculation that Paltrow was planning to run the site as a means of promoting herself didn't sit well with the CEO.
Not that Goop was ever a resounding success. The so-called lifestyle website was blasted on numerous occasions that it was promoting products and a way of life that was only accessible to very rich people or to Hollywood A-listers such as Paltrow.