Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been best friends for more than two decades. Unfortunately, their friendship is often the subject of false tabloid stories. Gossip Cop now looks back at five wrong rumors about the actors.
In April, Gossip Cop busted In Touch for falsely claiming that the friends had a falling out because Damon didn't approve of Affleck's girlfriend Lindsay Shookus. It was alleged that Damon thought the "Saturday Night Live" producer was "controlling and manipulative," but Affleck had chosen his girlfriend over his buddy. Only, shortly before the bogus article was published, Damon described Affleck "like a brother" to him. The actor also explained how his friend helped him cope with the death of his father last year. In addition to it being apparent there was no rift between the two, Damon's own spokesperson told us on the record that the report was false.
Also in April, the National Enquirer made up a ridiculous story about Damon replacing Affleck with Chris Hemsworth as his new best friend. The outlet alleged that Damon no longer wanted to associate with Affleck because he believed he was bad for his reputation. Shortly after we busted the absurd report, Affleck himself shared out debunking on Twitter. Along with a link to our article, the actor quipped, "Hey @chrishemsworth, you can have him! I'm Team @JimmyKimmel anyways."
Gossip Cop called out RadarOnline earlier that same month for making up a similar report about Damon banning Affleck from his life. The blog said that Affleck's recent controversies, including alleged cheating during his marriage to Jennifer Garner and his connection to Harvey Weinstein, convinced Damon to cut ties. But in addition to being close pals, Affleck and Damon are producing partners who are currently developing a number of projects together. Just last month, it was announced that Affleck and Damon are co-producing the upcoming Showtime cop drama "City on the Hill." It's unlikely that Damon is producing a TV series with someone who's "banned" from his life.
In March 2017, HollywoodLife made up a laughably wrong story about Damon getting Affleck and Garner "back together." Gossip Cop immediately debunked the bogus narrative. As time has shown, the Justice League star hasn't reunited with his estranged wife. In fact, Affleck and Garner officially filed for divorce one month after the we corrected the report.
And finally, Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer in 2015 for wrongly reporting that Affleck and Damon were fighting over playing Paul Newman in a biopic about the legendary actor. As time has proven, no film about the late star ever got made, nor were either actor attached to one. It should be noted, the majority of these tabloid stories involved a nonexistent feud between the longtime stars. In addition to Gossip Cop confirming they're still close buds, E! News recently dedicated an article to Affleck and Damon's "enduring friendship."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.