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A new report asserts Angelina Jolie and Sean Penn have been talking "a lot" and possibly flirting, but there's absolutely no proof to the made-up claim. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this fake news story. We're told it's untrue.

According to the often discredited HollywoodLife, the two stars have been speaking a ton, and it looks like their talks are turning into "something other than just a friendship." A so-called "source close to Angelina" is quoted as telling the untrustworthy site that Jolie has been "speaking to Sean a lot" and Penn has "made it clear" that he wants to "get to know her better." "They are taking things slow and no matter how long it takes, Sean is not ready to give up" on Jolie, maintains the repeatedly disproven blog.

The outlet's almost assuredly fake "source" adds, "Once [Penn] sets his sights on something he's pretty dogged in pursuing it until he achieves his aims... He's happy to bide his time, flirting and ingratiating himself with Angelina, and he's confident she'll give in to his charms eventually." Among the red flags in the article is that the blog contends its information is from a "source close to Angelina," and yet it purports to know exactly what Penn's plans and thoughts are. It seems the serial liars at that site forgot that its fictitious "source" was supposed to be connected to Jolie.

Gossip Cop is going to stop this nonsense right here. There's a reason that website is universally known as HollywoodLies, and it's because the outlet habitually makes up fabricated scenarios and fills them out with phony quotations. So, do Jolie and Penn speak over the phone or in person? And how did this possible romance start between them? Of course, the outlet doesn't mention any of that because there's actually nothing going on between Jolie and Penn.

Comically, HollywoodLies was so busy manufacturing this bogus report, it didn't even realize that on Friday night Jolie's estranged husband Brad Pitt had dinner in Los Angeles with Sean Penn. The two actors, of course, co-starred together in the 2011 movie, The Tree of Life. Gossip Cop can guarantee the two men didn't discuss Pitt giving his blessing to Penn to embark on a romance with Jolie.

The fact that HollywoodLife made up this fake news story shouldn't surprise anyone at this point. In the past, Gossip Cop has busted the unreliable site for concocting reports ranging from Jolie dating Johnny Depp and Jared Leto to her getting back together with Pitt. And for months on end, the outlet kept churning out fictitious articles about Jolie having a secret romance with a British "mystery man."

Remarkably, much like the current tale about Jolie and Penn, HollywoodLies also claimed in those articles that its information came from a "source close to Angelina." More than a year has passed since those fabricated reports and clearly none of them were remotely true. Still, Gossip Cop fact-checked the latest claim with an actual Jolie confidante, who confirmed on the condition of anonymity that this story about Jolie and Penn is yet another falsehood. As People reported in January, Jolie simply isn't interested in dating for the foreseeable future.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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