Gwyneth Paltrow Returns to the Met Gala Four Years After Declaring She's 'Never Going Again'

And in a full circle moment, she's wearing Calvin Klein, which she wore to her very first Met Gala in 1995.
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Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo:Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo:Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Back in 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow became the first celebrity (of many) to openly hate on the Met Gala, declaring in an interview with USA Today following that year's punk-themed event: "I'm never going again. It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all." 

She didn't stop there, either, later complaining in an interview with an Australian radio show:

IT SUCKED. IT SEEMS LIKE THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. YOU THINK,'OH MY GOD, IT'S GOING TO BE SO GLAMOROUS AND AMAZING, AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ALL THESE FAMOUS PEOPLE.' AND THEN YOU GET THERE, AND IT'S SO HOT, AND SO CROWDED, AND EVERYONE'S PUSHING YOU. THIS YEAR IT WAS REALLY INTENSE. IT WASN'T FUN! KANYE WEST WAS PLAYING, AND HE WAS FURIOUS, AND HE THREW HIS MICROPHONE DOWN. IT WAS ALL DRAMA! I DON'T KNOW WHY HE WAS FURIOUS. AND EVERYONE WAS DRESSED IN PUNK ... AND I FEEL THAT WE'RE ALL A BIT OLD TO BE DRESSED PUNK, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

Well, perhaps she heard that West would be sitting this year's event out, because — as she announced on Instagram on Monday afternoon — she's making a triumphant return to the A-list party four years later, wearing custom Calvin Klein by Raf Simons. Or, more likely, Anna Wintour got in her ear about it when they were making a deal to have Condé Nast publish the upcoming Goop magazine.

Even if she is miserable the whole time, at least Paltrow is getting a prime #tbt opportunity out of it: She wore Calvin to her first-ever Met Gala in 1995. We wonder if she hated it as much back then? She didn't look thrilled, honestly.

Perhaps taking a cue from her '90s self, she also went with something light and sleeveless this year. (2013's Valentino dress was heavy and long-sleeved — perhaps that's why it was boiling?)

It's also worth noting that fellow Met-Gala complainers Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer returned this year as well. Wintour is very forgiving, it seems; or perhaps all parties have realized they have more to gain than they do to lose by sucking it up, allowing a talented designer to make them a beautiful dress and trekking up those museum steps just like every other rich, attractive, famous person does.

We wish them all the best of luck making it through this difficult, agonizing experience.

Homepage photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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