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Gwyneth Paltrow rep denies claims of an affair – but is the actress ready for Vanity Fair profile?

Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the premiere of Thanks for Sharing in Los Angeles, Sept. 16, 2013.

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Reps for Gwyneth Paltrow are denying reports that an upcoming Vanity Fair cover piece will uncover any "cheating scandal," as tabloid writers are braying.

Writing at Page Six, Emily Smith claimed that Vanity Fair will be "digging deep" into the actress's relationship with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer, who owns Fontainebleau Hotel and married Elle Macpherson in August.

The New York Post points to a weekend in 2008 when Paltrow celebrated a re-opening of the hotel with Soffer, among other celebrities. A spokesperson for the actress denied the claims, telling the Post, "Jeff is a longtime friend of Gwyneth's and there was no romantic relationship with him at all, He flew many of his friends to Miami that weekend – not just Gwyneth."

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They've said as much to Us Weekly, adding that Paltrow's husband of a decade, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, is also buds with Soffer: "She has been friends for him for a long time. Chris [Martin] is friends with him as well. He flew down a dozen friends. There was no romantic relationship."

Paltrow was on high alert in May when word came of the piece. She reached out to her celebrity friends via e-mail: "Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine," she reportedly wrote. "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again."

That move compelled Vanity Fair's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter onward. "Well, she sort of forced my hand," he told London's Times Magazine. "We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it'll run."

Critics of Gwyn's kale-pushing, cup-o-soup hating ways have been baying for blood for a long time.

The anticipation for Vanity Fair's next issue has shades of the glee that awaited Martha Stewart's prison term.

Both lifestyle mavens have been a magnet for criticism, partly because they attempt relatability and proffer life advice from a place of ridiculous privilege.

Even as reps deny an affair, Paltrow-haters have quickly connected the dots to comments the actress made last month in an interview with Refinery 29, suggesting that infidelity wasn't necessarily a relationship killer in her mind.

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"I would like to think that I would be forgiving and/or forgiven, but I can't give an honest answer as I haven't really experienced that," she told the interviewer then.

Anne Hathaway's life looks like a cakewalk right now.

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