Over-reaction: Gwyneth Paltrow was upset about apparent "epic takedown" article. Photo: Snapper Media
Gwyneth Paltrow may be a tad on the eccentric, demanding, side, but a dictator?
If reports are correct, Vanity Fair's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter seems to think so.
In his editor's letter for the upcoming March issue, Radar Online reports that Carter makes the surprising comparison, equating Paltrow's antics with those of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.
He also addresses what was one of the "most buzzed-about stories of 2013".
Tipped to be an "epic takedown" of Paltrow, the feature was widely rumoured to reveal details about an alleged affair the actress had with Elle Macpherson's husband, Jeff Soffer.
So upset was Paltrow about the anticipated article, she emailed friends pleading with them not to co-operate with the publication.
"If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again," she is reported as saying in a leaked email to her contact list.
Now, in an online excerpt from the magazine's March issue, Carter has finally addressed the rumours about the story.
He says that the actual commissioned article was a "far cry from the almost mythical story that people were by now expecting".
"[The reporter] Vanessa [Grigoriadis] turned in her story at the end of the summer," Carter writes.
"And it was just what had been assigned - a reasoned, reported essay on the hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow. I thought it perfectly explained the whole phenomenon."
Yet Paltrow, he says, was upset. "Gwyneth called me. We talked for about 20 minutes about the story and her reaction, or over-reaction, to it."
He also expresses exasperation at the email the star had sent to her friends ordering them to "never do" the magazine.
“Kim Jong-un couldn't have issued a more blanket demand,” he writes in the full letter, according to Radar Online.
But, because the anticipated story created such a worldwide media storm, "it was bound to be a disappointment", Carter says.
After weighing up his options "I decided to sit on it for a time," Carter writes.
“The fact is the Gwyneth Paltrow story, the one we ordered up, as delightfully written as it was, is not the one the anti-Gwynethites expect.
“That it has generated more mail and attention than many of the biggest stories we've ever published only makes the situation more complicated.”
Now that the maelstrom has subsided, The Wire reports that the feature will finally run, alongside Carter's full letter, in the March edition of the magazine.