Gwyneth Paltrow's father was refreshingly honest about her to her face at the height of her career.
Paltrow has long been a divisive figure, even been dubbed the "most hated celebrity" by Star Magazine. Plenty of internet commenters have blasted the actress for her various quotes and behavior, but apparently her own father did the same back in the day! Paltrow recalled her father, Bruce Paltrow, talking with her in the late '90s about her personality.
"I remember when I was maybe 27 years old and kind of at the height of my movie stardom - it was around the time of [my 1999 Best Actress Oscar for 'Shakespeare in Love'] and this and that," the actress recalled to Harper's Bazaar. "I think I was very much believing my own hype, which how could you not?
"I was sitting with my dad, feeling great about my life and everything that was happening, and he was like, 'You know, you're getting a little weird ... You're kind of an a--hole.' And I was like, 'What the hell?' I was totally devastated."
Gwyneth admitted that the brutal comments she received from her father ended up helping her in the end.
"It turned out to be basically the best thing that ever happened to me," she admitted to the magazine. "It's the difference between someone who loves you more than anything in the world giving you criticism and getting it from some bitter stranger on the internet. What my dad said to me was the kind of criticism where I was like, 'Oh, my God, I'm on the wrong track.' I'm so grateful for him doing that. He was such a no-nonsense guy in that sense."
Gwyneth has mostly downsized her acting career over the past few years, outside of appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Pepper Potts - a relatively supporting role. She has mainly focused on her lifestyle publication Goop, which has its own share of controversies, with claims of its products being overpriced.