Leonardo DiCaprio might be vegetarian and helped Gwyneth Paltrow cut out red meat
by Allyson Koerner
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Is longtime animal activist Leonardo DiCaprio a vegetarian? Gwyneth Paltrow seems to think so and revealed in a recent article that “The Great Gatsby” actor helped her embrace a somewhat meat-free lifestyle.

Paltrow told The Guardian, “I hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio when I moved to New York. He was vegetarian and he’d talk about how dirty meat is and how bad factory farming is. I haven’t eaten red meat in 20 years and although Leo’s not totally responsible he definitely planted a seed. When I turned seriously macrobiotic, it coincided with my father having been diagnosed with cancer [in 1999]. I felt I could heal him by proxy.”

From Paltrow’s remarks, it seems DiCaprio was – possibly still is – vegetarian. How cool is that?

DiCaprio hasn’t confirmed or denied Paltrow’s statement, but it wouldn’t surprise us here at Ecorazzi. He is one of the biggest celebrities supporting animal organizations. Whether he’s helping African lions, saving wild tigers or campaigning against poaching, he constantly shows an abundance of love for animals worldwide.

If he is vegetarian, let’s give a high-five for DiCaprio! If he’s a former vegetarian, maybe he can find his way back, or at least be meatless the majority of the time.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • gandalf123

    Many celebrities are vegetarians, but not steady, nevertheless they have a vegetarian heart! I think if someone is seriously veg and it can happen that he takes a bit from his partner’s plate or a bite before he gives to his dog – we have not to give him the impression that he is a fallen angel or so – or put our fingers on him – because exactly this reaction can cause the free fall back into meat consumption!

    • jude arsenault

      quit talking nonesense

  • http://twitter.com/AshleyannNews Ashleyann

    Go DiCaprio! I hope it’s true.

  • Lisa Robertson

    Sadly Leo isn’t vegetarian. He is a wonderful spokesman for elephants etc and I wish he’d turn vegan.. :-(

    • Lucy Saw

      Its none of our business what other people eat.

      • jude arsenault

        it certainly is,stop being such a selfish moron.

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I can never understand how one can call themselves an environmental activist but NOT be vegan. The farming and production of animals for human use is the most damaging thing on this planet. It is more harmful to our environment than all the motor vehicles and planes combined.

    • Lawrence Farnsworth

      Veganism is the best way to reduce one’s environmental harm, the science is clear on this, but anyone who encourages people to reduce their level of pollution in even the smallest way is doing a good deed.

      • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

        I agree, every bit does help, but I just don’t understand when people like Leo who call themselves environmentalists don’t go so far as to be vegan.

      • Karl Malloy

        The best part of all is that Gwyneth Paltrow turned macrobiotic to try to heal her Dad’s cancer and it totally worked… he’s lucky to be alive today thanks to her vegetarianism. It just goes to show the healing power of diet and of being morally correct in your lifestyle.

    • Lucy Saw

      Easily. Agro animal farming is dangerous for animals and humans but there are sustainable healthy animal farming techniques that are gaining momentum in popularity.

      • jude arsenault

        false.there is no such thing s humane sustainable animal exploitation.grass fed beef ,for example, produces four times more methane.

  • jude arsenault

    it’s pretty pretentious to be campaigning for some animals while exploiting and eating others.i doubt his integrity

    • Lawrence Farnsworth

      Not really.
      Him being veggie would be terrific for him and the planet, but doing some good is better than doing no good at all.

      I know little of DiCaprio’s private life, other than the fact that he is a tireless campaigner for the welfare of wild animals and has been for over a decade.

      • jude arsenault

        just consider the possibility that campaigning for wild animals can be an incredible image booster while at the same time,you can get away with exploiting killing,eating and wearing other animals who suffer and feel pain just as much along with the enormous damage that their exploitation does to the planet but you can get away with it,at least for now because most people care about and have no interest in exploiting or killing wild animals while at the same time have absolutely no interest in giving up exploiting and eating etc fish,chickens,pigs.sheep,goats, and cows etc etc

    • Lucy Saw

      That’s the way to change hearts and minds. Just judge people for their eating habits. Its in no way pretentious to campaign for animals and still eat meat. There is a very big difference between ‘animal rights’ and ‘animal welfare’. Most people support animal welfare and sustainable food practices (organic, local, etc). Its the self-righteousness of Vegans that put people off and is the main reason why it remains a peripheral diet worldwide. Man is naturally an omnivore. We eat too much meat in the west and we eat bad meat at that.

      • jude arsenault

        goodness girl,you need to wake up and face the truth.humane sustainable exploitation and slaughter is an oxymoron.i think your anger is a sign of your guilt.

      • jude arsenault

        exploiting animals for food and clothing is nothing more than a selfish choice for the vast majority of humans.this is common knowledge now.humans are no more obliged to be omnivores than they are obliged to be rapists or murderers.