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Hollywood celebrity, who counts Jeff Bezos and Demi Moore among her friends, is said to have fled Gwyneth Paltrow's house in the Hamptons after suffering “catastrophic” diarrhea



Derek Blasberg made headlines in Hollywood after he was accused of being the mysterious guest who lost control of his bowels in a bed at Gwyneth Paltrow's Hamptons home.

Although he is not as prominent as 51-year-old Paltrow, his presence in her luxurious villa is not surprising.

The 42-year-old fashion journalist and author has cemented his status as a close friend of celebrities such as Jeff Bezos, Kate Hudson, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner and Sienna Miller after years of socializing with the world's biggest stars.

But although he leads a relatively private life, unlike some of his celebrity friends, his recent toilet problems have put him in the spotlight.

Last week, the internet was thrown into turmoil when a popular gossip newsletter published a blind article claiming that Goop founder Paltrow had to clean up a person's “Ozempic-induced diarrhea” at her home.

Insiders later told DailyMail.com that Blasberg – once described as “one of the best-connected men in showbiz” – was the perpetrator and that he conveniently blamed the incident on the popular miracle weight-loss drug before allegedly fleeing the property.

Fashion star Derek Blasberg is causing a stir because he was identified as the guest who apparently lost control of his bowels in a bed at Gwyneth Paltrow's house in the Hamptons
Insiders told DailyMail.com that he conveniently blamed the incident on the popular miracle weight loss drug before allegedly fleeing the property

“It's not Ozempic, that's just what he told everyone,” the insider said, before revealing how the secret spread in the Hamptons.

“Gwyneth told Oprah, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld and Larry David,” they continued.

“It's shocking how many people know this story and how he managed to keep it out of the mail… probably through his best friend [socialite Dasha Zhukova] – whose mother just married Rupert Murdoch.'

In fact, Blasberg met Zhukova in 2009 for a portrait that appeared in the July issue of Interview magazine.

At that time, she was known as the ex-girlfriend of tennis star Marat Safin and had since begun a relationship with Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

The two talked about Zhukova opening the center for contemporary culture in Moscow, known as The Garage, and the friendship immediately blossomed – in the years that followed, the pair attended high-profile events and were photographed on vacation together.

In December 2015, he portrayed her again for the Gagosian Gallery, where he works as a senior associate.

The story is one of many similar interactions that developed into lasting friendships for Blasberg as he rose through the ranks as a fashion journalist.

Blasberg, 42, often spends time with the actress at her Long Island home – pictured here in 2018 when she married Brad Falchuk.
The well-connected fashion expert previously posted a snapshot of himself and Paltrow at her 50th birthday party at the estate in 2022.

Blasberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to New York City in 2000 to attend New York University.

After graduating in dramatic literature and journalism in 2004, he began his career as an assistant at Vogue.

During his magazine career, he became the youngest editor-in-chief ever at Harper's Bazaar and his fame rose thanks to his role as “Our Man on the Street” in Vanity Fair.

Having also served as editor of V and VMan and written for The New York Times, WSJ Magazine, Elle and Glamour, he was a very familiar face to many members of Hollywood's elite and was quickly welcomed into their inner circles.

His face became more well-known after he appeared as host of a revival of CNN Style in 2016.

Guests at the show included Emma Watson, Karl Lagerfeld, Kendall Jenner, Charlize Theron, Anna Wintour and more.

He previously co-hosted Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe and appeared on 24 Hour Catwalk alongside Alexa Chung in 2011.

The author most recently served as head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube and is an editor at Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and several international editions of Vogue.

Throughout his career as a fashion journalist and author, Blasberg has cemented his status as a close friend of famous names: Demi Moore (pictured)
The fashion journalist most recently worked as head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube – here with Sienna Miller
Blasberg with his close friend Karlie Kloss
He is known for hosting celebrity parties, with his birthday parties often serving as a warm-up for the Met Gala (pictured with Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid).

For this reason, it was not uncommon for Blasberg to spend time with Paltrow at her five-bedroom home on Long Island, where she celebrated her wedding to Brad Falchuk.

In 2022, the fashion expert posted a snapshot of himself and the actress celebrating her 50th birthday at the sprawling estate.

When Paltrow described how the two became friends with The Cut, she admitted that she had wondered if Blasberg was just a professional follower.

“When I first met him, I was a little skeptical… I was like, 'Are you the professional best friend of celebrities? And why are you everywhere at once? What's your problem?'”

“After ten seconds, I completely fell in love with him,” she said.

Blasberg himself is known for hosting celebrity parties, with his birthday parties often serving as a warm-up party for the Met Gala.

His 42nd birthday party in April was attended by A-list stars such as Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Andy Cohen.

Bezos, Hailey Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio, among others, attended his 2022 party.

Blasberg currently lives in New York with his partner, Imaginary co-founder Nick Brown, and their three-year-old twins Elizabeth Grace and Frederick Noah.

Blasberg, the author of Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, currently lives in New York with his partner, Imaginary co-founder Nick Brown.

In 2021, the couple had twins Elizabeth Grace and Frederick Noah, three, via surrogate.

Sharing the happy news with the world, Blasberg wrote, “Welcome to the world Grace and Noah. I am touched and honored by the arrival of these two beautiful, gorgeous angels. Thank you from the bottom of my heart @nickbrown for being a wonderful life partner, best friend, and now co-parent.”

“Thank you to our wonderful surrogate for making this long-held dream come true. Thank you to everyone who grew up in a non-traditional family or started their own and paved the way for us to start our own family.

“And we thank our incredible support system of friends, family, colleagues, medical professionals and everyone else (even the lawyers!) who have been with us on this journey.”

He added, “Whoever said it takes a village to raise a child wasn't a same-sex parent having children through out-of-state surrogacy at the end of a global pandemic. It took so many villages (and counties and states, etc.) to create our family, and we are deeply grateful to all of them. That happiness is real.”