Fake news continues to fill the pages of tabloids and flood the internet, and Angelina Jolie is one of the gossip media's prime targets. On a regular basis, sometimes even daily, the Oscar winner is the subject of made-up and untrue stories. Gossip Cop is zeroing in on five recent examples.
1. Last week, OK! published a cover story in which it falsely announced Jolie and Brad Pitt were "back together" and calling off their divorce. The tabloid quoted a so-called "source," who alleged they not only planned to withdraw their divorce petitions, but also renew their vows. "After everything they've been through, a sweet family reunion is all they'd want," the fictitious insider maintained. But Jolie's divorce from Pitt is still moving forward, Gossip Cop confirmed. It is not close to being finalized, but they do intend to make their split official.
2. In Touch also alleged last week that Jolie and Pitt's divorce had "stalled again." The gossip magazine claimed the exes were "days away" from finalizing not just the dissolution of their union, but also a custody agreement when the actress pulled the plug. The outlet asserted Jolie "reversed course" and the "talks blew up" because she thought Pitt was aggressively trying to get a settlement that was in his favor. But nothing was really canceled "at the last minute." They were never nearing a deal in the first place, Gossip Cop was told. On the contrary, the estranged spouses actually filed for an extension in their case precisely because they knew more time was needed to hash things out.
3. This week, NW claimed Jolie was developing a romance with a 20-something "boy toy." The publication identified the purported beau as Oscar Crane, who worked on both By The Sea and First They Killed My Father. That professional relationship had now "progressed to a much more personal level," the tabloid alleged, suggesting a "romance could soon be [in] the cards." But the tabloid showed it was clueless by featuring a picture not of Oscar, but his brother Oliver. The siblings, along with their father, are longtime family friends of Jolie, Gossip Cop learned. That was just part of key information that was missing from the error-filled article. Jolie has a working relationship and family-focused friendship with the Cranes, not one that has anything to do with her love life.
4. Also this week, HollywoodLife purported to know Jolie's reaction to Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's separation. The website claimed she "wasn't surprised" by the split, and cited an alleged "source," who asserted she was "feeling a degree of vindication" since the breakup didn't have anything to do with her. "Nobody can point the finger at Angelina this time," the questionable tipster supposedly said. Well, nobody was pointing the finger at Jolie. The blog inserted her into a situation that has nothing to do with her by manufacturing this fake "exclusive." Gossip Cop was told the tale was "nonsense," as no one actually connected with the star expressed such opinions.
5. HollywoodLife tried again, though, with a second phony story that claimed Jolie was "desperate" to work with Theroux now that he and Aniston are over. Here another so-called "source" claimed that the "chances of him saying yes" are "way up," asserting, "It would really hurt Jennifer... but it's certainly going to be tempting for him." This was more fiction. Just like no one connected to Jolie spoke with the website for its previous Aniston-related report, Gossip Cop learned no one did for this one either. In another sign that the contentions were all concocted, no reputable publication has reported anything remotely similar.
In fact, no credible outlets have substantiated any of the above allegations. Unfortunately, the untruthful stories detailed here are just a small sample of what Gossip Cop comes across on a daily basis. We'll continue to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Jolie and all stars.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.