Gwyneth Paltrow Accused Of Cootiephobia

Gwyneth Paltrow has a long list of places she wouldn't dare step foot into for various health-safety reasons, beginning with the United States, and now, public restrooms:

The Proof star is a germophobe, according to a report, who takes her own hairbrush and comb to the hairdresser, won t use public restrooms, and has even taken to scrubbing the bathtubs at hotels where she s staying.


She s always been pretty clean-obsessed, but recently it s reached a whole new level, a source close to the actress told Star magazine. According to the source, Paltrow insists that visitors take off their shoes at her house, she sometimes won t shake people s hands, and she often asks people to use antibacterial soap before they touch her young daughter, Apple.

Paltrow s spokesman confirms the actress s no-shoes policy and said that when Apple was a few weeks old her mother may have been rather protective, but dismisses the other claims.

Among those claims are the oft-repeated rumors that Apple was conceived through a hole cut into a plastic bubble, while the soothing strains of husband Chris Martin's band Coldplay, the perfect soundtrack for antiseptic lovemaking, purred in the background.