HollywoodLife Caught Making Up Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto Dating Stories

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By Shari Weiss

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HollywoodLife has been caught making up stories about Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto dating. Gossip Cop can expose the fabrications.

On Wednesday, the new issue of Star came out, featuring a story about Jolie supposedly leaning on Leto in the wake of her separation from Brad Pitt. Gossip Cop confirmed the claim was false. But instead of doing any of its own fact-checking, HollywoodLies started putting its own untrue spin on the allegation. While the original piece only came out one day ago, in the hours since then, the fabrication factory has posted THREE related, but equally false, tales.

“Angelina Jolie & Jared Leto Dating After Brad Pitt Divorce — Report,” said the first headline, even though the Star story didn’t actually go that far. That was followed by a purported “exclusive” that blared, “Angelina Jolie & Jared Leto: Why Brad Pitt Wouldn’t Be Shocked If They’re Hooking Up.” And then the third, another “exclusive,” exclaimed, “Angelina Jolie Always Had A ‘Crush On Jared Leto’: She & Brad Fought About Him A Lot.”

The timeline is critical, and relates directly to HollywoodLies’ M.O. Prior to the Star piece, the webloid never connected Jolie to Leto. But once the tabloid got the ball rolling, the online publication all of a sudden had “sources” ready to spill all about the actors. This is what the site does: It takes a topic, and regardless of accuracy, starts pounding out new (and often untrue) takes on the subject.

Of course, on the surface, there is nothing wrong with exploring the various aspects of a topic. The problem is that these HollywoodLies “sources” rarely actually exist. And in this case, Gossip Cop has confirmed there is absolutely nothing going on between Jolie and Leto. So, from where did the bad blog get its “exclusive” information? A skeptic would argue that they made it up.

And we’ve seen this before. HollywoodLife targeted Pitt with suspect stories in the wake of his split from Jolie. The webloid made up five stories about Selena Gomez and The Weeknd in the hours after they first stepped out as a couple. In both cases, none of the supposed reporting was actually legitimate. But this is all a concerted effort to game search engines, which typically reward original content.

Now Jolie, Leto and their fans are the latest victims of this deceptive practice, which most assuredly is not journalism. At best, it’s clickbait. At worst, it’s fake news. And it should all be unacceptable.

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