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 is a graduate from Emerson College where she obtained her Master’s in Print & Multimedia journalism. Passionate about writing, reading and entertainment, she is looking to make her way into the journalism profession.

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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.. :-(

  • 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.

  • 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.