Gwyneth Paltrow took to Instagram on Friday to wish her trainer and ex-business partner Tracy Anderson a happy 48th birthday just weeks after ex-employees of the fitness trainer revealed a toxic culture of paranoia, legal threats, and grueling conditions.
The Oscar-winning actress, 50, captioned the post, ‘Happy birthday @tracyandersonmethod ! I guess you aren’t technically a spouse but we have definitely been in a marriage these past 17 years!
‘You have provided what any real marriage should; love, loyalty, and a path to growth (even if sometimes it’s painful and sweaty!),’ wrote Paltrow.
Tracy responded in the comments section, ‘Ahhhhhhhh I had the best start to my bday moving with you! My love runs deep and strong for you beauty!’
Anderson has spent over 20 years fostering her reputation as the go-to fitness guru among the Hollywood elite and has become known for her holistic approach to health and fitness.
Birthday wishes: Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, took to Instagram on Friday to wish her trainer and ex-business partner, Tracy Anderson a happy 48th birthday just weeks after ex-employees of the fitness trainer revealed a toxic culture of paranoia, legal threats, and grueling conditions
Celebrity trainer Anderson began working with Paltrow in 2006 after Gwyneth gave birth to her second child Moses (Pictured: 2014 at the Leadership Awards Gala)
However it seems that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the entrepreneur’s fitness empire, according to an expose by Business Insider which was released last month.
Many of her former employees have now started speaking out about what goes on behind closed doors to reveal a bombshell tale of legal threats, paranoia, and grueling working conditions.
One former employee claimed that Anderson was left paralyzed with fear that someone ‘smarter and better was going to steal her stuff,’ and had instigated legal proceedings against a handful of ex-trainers who she branded as ‘second-rate copycats.’
Another source said that their bodies were pushed to ‘breaking’ point with the level of intensity demanded from employees, with the heat of the studios also leaving them ‘exhausted and dehydrated.’
But Anderson is no stranger to controversy after infamously falling out with one of her most high-profile clients – Madonna – back in 2009.
The singer had reportedly grown tired of Anderson’s ‘personal baggage,’ but the fitness guru would later slam Madonna over her ‘demands.’
DailyMail.com had contacted a representative of Tracy Anderson for comment.
Many of her former employees have now started speaking out about what goes on behind closed doors to Business Insider last month as they revealed a bombshell tale of legal threats, paranoia, and grueling working conditions
After giving birth to her second child Moses in 2006, Gwyneth found she was still lugging an extra 20 pounds.
The beauty turned to Tracy’s dance cardio fitness regime, where she lost 11 inches in the first ten days.
And soon enough, the pair became business partners and started a fitness empire.
While maintaining a healthy balanced diet, Paltrow told Woman’s Health in 2017 that her incredible physique came down to her training with Tracy.
Patrons, who sign up as much for the prestige as the workouts, pay $900 monthly to learn her Tracy Anderson Method – a dance-based workout in a room heated to 95 degrees with 75 percent humidity.
Gwyneth Paltrow was her first Hollywood client and, having been so impressed by the results, decided to invest in Anderson’s business.
She would introduce the fitness trainer to many other celebrity clients, including Madonna.
Over the past two decades, Anderson’s name has become synonymous with fitness and well-being among society’s elite
Looking for change: Gwyneth first met Tracy after giving birth to her son Moses where she found she was still lugging around 20 pounds after he was born
The fitness trainer has worked with a whole host of other celebrity clients including Madonna (pictured together previously)
Other famous faces soon started to fill her roster, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Nicole Richie, and Kelly Ripa.
Anderson, who became a kind of celebrity in her own right, has always been very vocal about anyone she perceived to be replicating her regime.
When the Wall Street Journal asked in January what fitness trend she wanted to disappear forever, she responded: ‘Every single person that steals my choreography and calls it a method. I would like for them to all disappear.’
Anderson has started teaching less frequently recently and closed one of her studios in LA.
The fitness guru also had a falling out with Madonna after three years of working together, and the pair have been icy ever since.
The singer dropped Anderson after reportedly tiring of the trainer’s ‘personal baggage.’
A source told the New York Post at the time: ‘Madonna had grown tired of the baggage that Tracy always seemed to be carrying with her. Tracy had grown to be more of a distraction than anything else.’
Sharing her take on the split, Anderson told The Times: ‘Madonna can demand whatever she wants to demand, she’s Madonna, that’s just what it is. It wasn’t working for me because my demands are, like, I have a kid.
Jennifer Lopez is also among the A-list client base who have previously praised the 48-year-old for her vision (pictured together)
Angel in training: Other famous faces on Anderson’s client list include Alessandra Ambrosio, Nicole Richie, and Kelly Ripa
Tracy Anderson has spent more than 20 years fostering her reputation as the go-to fitness guru among the Hollywood elite
No copy-cats: Anderson has always been vocal about anyone she perceived to be replicating her regime
‘When I missed my son’s saxophone concert because of a training session with her, I was like “I can’t do this anymore.” That was it for me.’
Once Anderson’s business partner, Paltrow appears to have severed business ties, although they continue training together.
A source told Women’s Wear Daily in September 2022 that Anderson now owned her business outright but that Paltrow remained a ‘dear friend and dedicated client.’
However, in a statement, the Insider said: ‘It’s unfortunate that several former trainers, who have been using and profiting from Tracy’s proprietary content for years, would make false and defamatory claims against us while we are currently in active litigation to protect our intellectual property.’