Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Get Apologies From National Enquirer And Star For Divorce Stories

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Tom Hanks Rita Wilson National Enquirer Apology Divorce

By Andrew Shuster

Tom Hanks Rita Wilson National Enquirer Apology Divorce

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have received apologies from both the National Enquirer and Star over recent false stories claiming the couple was getting divorced. The tabloids have also since retracted their reports.

The development is a result of the actor and his wife hiring a lawyer to force American Media Inc., the parent company of the two magazines, to withdraw the bogus split stories. Hanks and Wilson released a statement to Gossip Cop explaining, “No true news organization could report that our marriage is on the brink of breaking up, but American Media Inc., owner of Star and The National Enquirer, often run fabricated stories to sell their tabloids. In the past, we laughed off their cover stories of our soon-to-be acrimonious divorce because those stories were so far from true, they were laughable. But our marriage is the foundation of our family, is sacred to us, and we couldn’t allow such nonsense as we are about to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary next April.” The statement continues, “For Star and National Enquirer to profit by dishonoring what is so precious to us with such falsehoods were, we decided, lies we would not put up with any longer.”

Both magazines have since retracted the online editions of their stories, and will also issue a correction in their upcoming printed issues. For making the false allegation that Meg Ryan was causing problems in Hanks and Wilson’s relationship, the Enquirer wrote, “In the October 10, 2016 issue of The National Enquirer, we did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Meg Ryan, or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing. We apologize for and regret any implication to the contrary.”

Star also issues a statement in regard to its bogus claim Wilson was jealous of Hanks’ relationship with his Inferno co-star Felicity Jones. “In the October 3, 2016 issue of Star magazine, we did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Felicity Jones, or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing,” the outlet said. “We apologize for and regret any implication to the contrary.”

Gossip Cop was first to report that both of these stories were completely false. We exclusively busted the Enquirer for alleging Hanks and Wilson were on the verge of divorce over his friendship with Ryan. We also called out Star for its cover story wrongly reporting Hanks and Wilson were headed for a split.

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