Did Angelina Jolie demand to meet with Jennifer Aniston? That was the premise behind a cover story that Gossip Cop debunked exactly one year ago today. We reported it was untrue then, and 12 months later it’s still false.
On January 17, 2018, Star published a photoshopped cover of Jolie and Aniston, who were both at last year’s Golden Globes, to make it appear they were inches away from one another at the awards show. Along with that mocked-up photo, the tabloid ran a headline that falsely gave the impression they had an “explosive face-to-face” there. But they never had a “showdown” there or elsewhere, despite the magazine’s misleading front page (below).
At the time, the outlet asserted Jolie went “berserk” after hearing Aniston had a secret reunion with Brad Pitt in Aspen. That also never happened, though the tabloid made that claim on its cover two weeks earlier. Still, that didn’t stop the publication from using its wholly fictitious “reunion” narrative to serve as the basis for its fake tale about Jolie “demanding to meet” with Aniston.
To push its phony story about a proposed confrontation between the two actresses, the publication had an unnamed and seemingly made-up “source” quoted as saying how Jolie “suspected for a while” that Aniston was trying to get Pitt back. And while the cover made it appear as if there was already a “face-to-face” at the Golden Globes, the magazine’s article inside maintained Jolie was “demanding to meet with Jen,” and if they did, it was “going to be explosive.” But like an actual explosive, the report blew up in the tabloid’s face.
As Gossip Cop has repeatedly confirmed with their reps, Aniston and Pitt have not been in contact in a very long time. In fact, after we debunked the magazine’s cover story, People backed up our reporting a month later with a piece about how Aniston and Pitt “haven’t seen each other in ages.” More recently, while fact-checking another tale about Aniston and Pitt allegedly spending Christmas together with his kids, her spokesman asked, “Do readers actually believe this?” before adding without equivocation, “There is not a shred of any proof that Jen and Brad have even seen each other in forever.”
A full 365 days ago, Gossip Cop stated the Star story was a complete lie, and time has only made it more clear how bogus the tabloid’s tale was. Jolie and Aniston never had a “showdown” over Pitt then or subsequently. And no legitimate media organization has reported about them having a run-in. Additionally, while the magazine’s entire piece was pinned on an untraceable and possibly manufactured source, Aniston’s rep told Gossip Cop on the record the outlet’s article was “just another fabrication.”
In the intervening year, the outlet has not gotten any more reliable with its claims about Jolie. Two weeks ago, for example, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for an inaccurate cover story that contended Jolie was trying to steal David Beckham from his wife Victoria. Not only were we told it was untrue, the publication didn’t even offer any evidence to back up its premise.
Nor has the habitually discredited magazine been any more trustworthy with its articles about Aniston. In March, for instance, Gossip Cop nailed the tabloid for making up an entirely fictitious story about Aniston being caught kissing and “back on” with Pitt. The publication photoshopped on its cover an old picture of Aniston kissing Jason Bateman in the 2009 movie The Switch together with a 2010 photo of Pitt and Jolie, who it digitally removed from the image.
It appears when the outlet wants a juicy story about Jolie and Aniston, it simply manufactures it, using seemingly concocted sources and occasionally photoshopped pictures. That’s fan fiction, at best, and journalism at its worst. Gossip Cop occasionally revisits articles from a year ago to remind readers who it can and cannot trust over time.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.