Jennifer Lawrence Supports Ex and ‘Very Good Friend’ Darren Aronofsky at N.Y.C. Event

Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky are amicable exes.

The former couple split in the fall after over a year of dating, but they were all smiles posing together at the BAM Gala in New York City on Wednesday.

The reunion didn’t stop there: according to E! News, the 27-year-old actress introduced Aronofsky, an honoree of the night.

“I am thrilled to be here tonight to present this honor to my very good friend, Darren Aronofsky,” she said.

Lawrence wore white for the event, pairing a dress with a structured bodice that fell below her knees with a pair of strappy silver heels and clutch. She wore her blonde locks in loose waves. Meanwhile, Aronofsky kept things simple in a navy suit with a black button-up and matching tie.

Lawrence and Aronofsky made their public debut for the Venice Film Festival photocall of their film mother! The pair began dating in September 2016 shortly after the movie’s production and their relationship blossomed despite their 22-year age difference.

She first talked about their romance after a year of staying mum in an interview with Vogue. Lawrence previously shared that she was immediately drawn to the director after meeting on the set of the film.

“We had energy,” she said. “I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me. I’ve been in relationships before where I am just confused. And I’m never confused with him.”

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After admitting she still loves Aronofsky in February, Lawrence explained on WTF with Marc Maron that she’s on good terms with all her former beaus.

“I’m friends with all my exes, actually,” she said. “For the most part, yeah, I have a theory: I think it’s because I’m blunt. I don’t think that you can have any sort of bad relationship with anybody if you’re just blunt.”

She continued, “Everybody always knows how you feel at all times and there’s no lying, it’s just honesty. Everybody’s a good guy to each other. All my boyfriends have been wonderful. Nick was a great boyfriend.”


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We Tried It: Working Out in an N.Y.C. Studio That’s So Cold, Gloves and Hats Are Encouraged

 

What It Is: The Brrrn

Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com associate editor

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 The workout moves themselves weren’t super difficult, but something tells me the class’ colder temps definitely had something to do with my ability to withstand the fatigue for so long.

I didn’t know what to expect when I got off the train and began walking toward N.Y.C.’s new Brrrn studio. I had received an invite the day before to try out one of their three class offerings: Yoga-inspired Strength and Mobility Series, Core and Cardio Slide Board Series, and Battle Rope Infused Hit Series. As someone who’s eager to get back into her regular workout schedule, I opted for the third, a 45-minute class designed to improve strength and conditioning with dumbbell circuit training and battle rope exercises. I was sure it would help jumpstart my fitness journey.

The only catch? Each workout takes place in a studio with below-average temps, depending on the level of activity the class requires. In fact, wearing beanies and gloves (which can be purchased at Brrrn) during class is encouraged. The class I was taking was set at 45°F, the coldest of the three. The others are set at 60°F and 55°F, respectively.

Naturally, I had a few questions beforehand: What do I wear? Will I catch a cold? Will this make me as uncomfortable as hot yoga had that one time?

I started doubting myself during my walk over. I questioned the thickness of my leggings, wondered if I should have opted for a cotton shirt (per the invite email’s recommendation) rather than the lycra one I was wearing, and asked myself if I was even ready to put my body through such an intense class when the most physical activity I had done over the past month was lightly sprinting to a table in our office, where cake was being served.

But it was too late. I had already made it to 20th street, and was just around the corner from the studio. I walked up the few stairs and made it inside, which was at a nice temperature. I was greeted by one of Brrrn’s cofounders, Johnny Adamic, who asked me if I was looking forward to the class. “I’m really nervous!” I said within seconds of being inside. He was understanding but also assured me that I would be “just fine.”

As I walked in to the class, I was a little taken aback. It wasn’t that cold. But to be fair, I do think my reaction went hand-in-hand with my initial freakout. I mentally prepared myself for freezing temps and was met with a super brisk fall day. I felt good as I switched between two stations: battle ropes and free weights.

With the benefits of burning more calories and delaying fatigue (and going even harder for the duration of your workout sesh!), exercising in a 45°F fitness studio has been a long time coming. “Cold has been the backdrop of the human experience for millennia,” Adamic has said. “But we’ve engineered cold out of our lives. Now we live in these climate-controlled environments of 72°F from the time we wake up until we go to bed, but routine exposure to cooler temperatures is actually good for us. We are reuniting the cold back with exercise — where it belongs.”

I wasn’t shivering in class. I felt the hairs on my arms slightly raise during short rest periods but since we were constantly moving, I was comfortable and motivated to complete the moves. I felt energized. I probably could have kept going an extra 15 minutes.

The studio also provides “dessert” in the form of a communal infrared sauna. It’s the same price and length of time as a workout class, but the only difference is you’re experiencing warmth. Its not suffocating, but a welcoming dry heat. “It’s a nice way to chill and make friends,” Adamic told me of the eight-seater sauna.

The Verdict: As someone who’s pretty paranoid about getting sick, I was initially nervous about doing countless jump squats and renegade rows in a cold room, voluntarily. Spoiler alert: It’s been three days and I’m feeling perfectly healthy. Just really sore all over, which is totally expected after all those bicep curls and lunges. While I felt cool throughout the class, I was still sweating. Mission accomplished.


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Jade Eggs and Psychic Mediums: Dispatches from Gwyneth Paltrow’s $2,000 N.Y.C. Goop Summit

Hundreds of Goop acolytes (fondly called Goopies) descended on Pier 17 in New York City on Saturday for the first-ever East Coast edition of Gywneth Paltrow‘s In Goop Health summit.

The wellness conference, which had its inaugural event in Los Angeles last June, is filled with everything you’d expect from a Goop event — turmeric chia pudding, psychic mediums contacting dead relatives and of course, the infamous jade eggs — for $ 650 to $ 2,000 a ticket. But beyond all the Goopiness, there was also a strong message of female empowerment, thanks largely to a powerful panel of women like Drew Barrymore, Elaine Welteroth and more.

So did I, your on-the-ground reporter, drink the Goop kool-aid? Read on for a rundown of my day in wellnessland.

8:30 a.m.: I arrive at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan, where I’m greeted by at least 20 Goop employees on my way in to the airy loft space that is summit central. After checking in, we’re instructed to swap out our shoes for a fluffy pair of slippers, an offer most of the room happily accepts. After passing the highly Instagrammable entrance (the words “In Goop Health” are surrounded by pounds of fresh vegetables), we enter a massive hall, which is filled with dozens of food and wellness options, from facial cupping to B-12 shots to Moon Juice to avocado toast.

9 a.m.: Ahead of the day, we all signed up for three wellness activities (which seemed to cut down on the long lines the L.A. summit-goers dealt with last year). I was late to the sign-up so I unfortunately missed out on some of the Goopiest activites, like the psychic readings. But I headed off for my first activity, essential oil therapy. It ended up being just a few dabs of UMA’s Pure Energy oil, but hey, at least it smelled nice.

9:10 a.m.-10 a.m.: I wander around aimlessly for a bit, snacking on the plentiful foods. A citrus salad with tahini-yogurt dressing was definitely my favorite, and I confirmed that I hate matcha. Good to know.

10 a.m.: Paltrow herself (or GP, as they seemed to prefer to call her) kicked off the day with a big welcome to her “Goopies,” whom she said like numbers and science, but also enjoy unquantifiable areas like psychic readings. “I think we like the in-between of data and the unexplained,” Paltrow told the audience. “There isn’t always a double-blind study that can explain it.”

She then introduced Laura Lynne Jackson, a psychic medium who roamed the room looking for people who, as she explained, have friends and relatives from the afterlife with messages to share. The first two women didn’t seem particularly into it, but the second two “shared a similar energy” to Jackson and excitedly nodded along. And she also predicted a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win, so place your bets now!

11 a.m.: The first panel was also on the afterlife, which personally was not my cup of tea. But I was very interested in the next one, on diet and body, with several dietitians and physicians. They had plenty of helpful tips, like focusing on eating the rainbow rather than worrying about calories, and to practice mindful eating by using your non-dominant hand to hold a fork.

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12:35 p.m.: My ticket got me into the upper-tier, or “ginger” events, so lunch was in a room off the main hall, and we all noshed on bowls of roasted delicata squash, kale salad with yogurt, gluten-free tamales and more alongside Paltrow and actresses Laura Linney and Bryce Dallas Howard, who were both on panels during the day.

1:30 p.m.: I spot a woman taking a nap on one of the couches. That is a very expensive nap.

1:40 p.m.: I’m pretty full, but I signed up for a Pilates class with New York Pilates instructor Heather Anderson. She’s fantastic and the 30-minute class flies by.

2:30 p.m.: My second pre-booked activity is a manicure from toxin-free nail salon Côte. I go with a very New York grey.

2:45 p.m.: Paltrow runs a discussion on relationships with therapist Terry Real. The woman next to me and I were hoping for a mention of her recent engagement to producer Brad Falchuk, but no dice. Real then takes a couple through a live marriage therapy session and it’s pretty drama-free — they seem like they’ll be just fine.

3:45 p.m.: I eat vegan charcoal ice cream…and it’s delicious.

4 p.m.: The panel on stress and depression was making me more stressed, so I left and wandered around instead, admiring the fancy skincare products and cashmere sneakers for sale in the Goop store area.

4:30 p.m.: I eat more vegan charcoal ice cream.

5 p.m.: Time for the main event — a panel on “changing the female paradigm,” moderated by Paltrow with Barrymore, Welteroth, comedian Chelsea Handler, Linney and author Gillian Flynn. I wasn’t sure how open the women would be, but the discussion ended up being incredibly empowering and motivating. They started off on the sexual harassment reckoning going on in Hollywood (Linney said it was something she was aware of for years), and touched on how we got to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements (Handler convincingly argued that it happened because of the 2016 election), how to mobilize and get out the vote this year and the growing activism of young girls thanks to Welteroth’s ground-breaking work at Teen Vogue. It was honest, funny and inspiring.

6 p.m.: It was pretty much the end of the day, but I had one more appointment, a shoulder massage from Chillhouse. The last panel was probably the highlight of the day for me, but this was a very, very close second.

6:30 p.m.: I and the other attendees gathered our gift bags (backpacks with $ 1,000 worth of goodies for the $ 650-tier crowd, and Tumi suitcases for the $ 2,000 group) and rolled out of there. While I certainly won’t be doing vaginal steaming anytime soon, after a day in Goopland I have to admit, I am slightly drunk on the kool-aid (metaphorically, it is a workday after all).


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