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Purported Tom Sturridge Interview Falsely Raises Robert Pattinson Gay Rumor

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Among the hoaxes regarding Robert Pattinson this week (including vile reports of his “death”) were several rumors about the Twilight star’s sexuality. While most of these stories were easily ID’d as April Fools fabrications, one stubborn version that keeps hitting our tip line concerns an “interview” Pattinson’s pal Tom Sturridge supposedly gave.

Originating on a user-generated portion of PopSugar, the purported Q&A touches upon Sturridge’s upcoming Waiting For Forever (with Rachel Bilson) and his work on last year’s Pirate Radio.

But the portion grabbing eyes is wedged in the middle, after the interviewer asks suddenly about Sturridge’s friendship with Pattinson.

Explaining that he’s known Pattinson since school and lived with him for a while, Sturridge then supposedly says, “We’ve been friends and more for what feels like our whole lives” before growing uncomfortable and “hurriedly” amending his previous statement with, “I mean, we are friends.”

Pressed about their relationship, Sturridge pauses before allegedly responding, “I really don’t want to talk about [Pattinson]. It’s just weird, you know? I want to respect his privacy, since he doesn’t have much of it anymore. I mean, I’d do the same for any of my friends.”

And then, just as abruptly as the “interview” veered into Pattinson territory, it switches immediately to a professional question about Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Here’s the problem.

Even though the “interview” comes from an unknown author on a user-generated platform and some outlets treated it as a possible April Fools’ Day joke (it circulated on April 1, after all), other outlets — probably because the film-oriented content does mirror previous Sturridge discussions — ran the Q&A as though it’s a recent, legitimate chat containing the intimation that Pattinson and Sturridge have been involved romantically.

But it’s not, and it doesn’t.

Sturridge’s other comments, about work, are very similar to what he’s said elsewhere.

And he has talked about knowing Pattinson forever and living with him, but talk of protecting Pattinson’s “privacy” has referred explicitly to Sturridge not wanting to putting even more media glare on his good friend.

It has nothing to do with any kind of relationship between the two.

Gossip Cop doubts the veracity of any of the “interview,” and is trying to gauge how much of it is “real,” but lifted from other sources. We contacted the PopSugar user multiple times but received no response to our inquiries.

One thing that is certain — Sturridge never gave any interviewer any indication that Pattinson harbored a sexuality bombshell.

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