It took the rumors of an affair between an actress and a lawyer to establish – as if we really needed it – that social media is the way to go when it comes to spreading rumors at light-speed.
The accusations that Gwyneth Paltrow was cheating on husband Chris Martin with the entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn appeared on a secret-sharing app (what? you didn’t know such beasts existed?)
According to Huffington Post, the cheating claim was first tweeted – naturally – and that was from Gawker – naturally – and Whisper’s editor Neetzan Zimmerman who told Defamer – of course! – that the person writing the Whisper piece has “extremely close ties to Gwyneth who came to us directly after Graydon Carter wrote that missive about why VF walked away from the Paltrow profile last year,” adding that he has no reason to suspect the source is lying.
Zimmerman is of course referring to the supposed Vanity Fair “takedown” piece on the actress that was rumored to expose her relationship with Elle Macpherson’s billionaire husband Jeff Soffer. The article never ran, and in its place the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter explained under the “coy headline” (as Defamer puts it) “The Paltrow Affair” that the story had been overblown and a “far cry from the almost mythical story that people were by now expecting.”
Perhaps the story couldn’t live up to it’s mythic proportions, but Carter concluded his letter with the admission that while there is a story to be told, it’s not running in the pages of his magazine.
“And so, sorry as we are to disappoint all those many people out there, for the time being we’ll leave it to another publication to roll out the ‘epic bombshells’ surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s a story I might read. I just don’t want to publish it,” he wrote.
Just as Paltrow’s rep Stephen Huvane denied reports of an affair with Soffer, he told Defamer allegations of an affair with Kevin Yorn are “absolutely 100 percent false. The sours [sic] at Whisper is clearly a fake.” And after Defamer made an attempt to explain the app to Huvane, he said, “This is clearly a fabricated story with no credibility at all,” later adding that the only time Paltrow recently saw Yorn was on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, and Yorn was “coincidentally [also seated] in the first class section.”