Ryan Gosling Father’s Day Adoption Hoax Fools Nearly 1 Million Facebook Fans
Ryan Gosling was applauded by nearly one million fans after a fake Facebook page shared a supposed Father’s Day “announcement” from the actor, claiming he had secretly adopted a child one year ago.
The fabricated story appeared on a page pretending to be Gosling’s official site.
The post featured a photo of the actor holding a baby with a caption reading:
“This father’s day, I’ve decided to tell the story of how I became a father. This little guy was only 9 months old when I became his dad. His mom and I were great friends before she passed away from cancer. I promised her, I’d always look after him. So, I had decided to step up and become his dad. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. 1 year later after the adoption, his biological father wanted him. Of course, I put up a fight, but he won. That 1 year of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. What I truly learned most of all is, every child needs love. Save thousands of children and meet me while doing it.”
At the time of writing, 934,982 people had “liked” the story, with commenters declaring things like, “Makes me love him even more,” and “Omg you are utterly AMAZING!”
The prankster behind the hoax linked to a site selling an “exclusive limited edition” T-shirt that reads, “Young Wild and Free.” According to the site, fans would automatically be entered to win a chance to spend the day with Gosling, if they purchased the shirt.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the site also alleged that proceeds from sales of the $22.50 shirt would benefit the Orphanage Home Foundation, a charity that does not exist.
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