OK! is flip-flopping on whether or not Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are married. Gossip Cop busted the tabloid earlier this year for falsely claiming the couple tied the knot. Now the gossip magazine is acknowledging they're unwed, but isn't taking responsibility for its lies.
On January 3, OK! published a cover story that claimed Shelton and Stefani were "just married" in a "backyard wedding" that was supposedly held at her home in December. Gossip Cop was able to debunk the fabricated article within hours of the issue hitting newsstands. In addition to explaining all the red flags in the report that indicated it was made-up, we also had Stefani's rep on the record telling us it was "untrue" she and Shelton had wed.
One day later, on January 4, we called out the outlet for trying to spread its falsehoods online. "It's Official! Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Are Married," declared the headline on the magazine's website. Of course, both statements were a complete lie. The couple wasn't "married" and nothing was "official." But a few weeks after that, the tabloid tried peddling its narrative again on January 23 with an online story that claimed Stefani and Shelton were "on their honeymoon" and "celebrating their nuptials" with a trip to Mexico.
As Gossip Cop pointed out, however, the couple was in Mexico for Luke Bryan's annual Crash My Playa festival, not to rejoice over a nonexistent wedding. The magazine then stepped in it further on January 31 when it claimed Shelton and Stefani hadn't merely been celebrating a marriage, but also a pregnancy. Repeating its inaccurate allegations about a December wedding, the outlet now added on the contention that Stefani was expecting and already a "few months along."
Three months have gone by since this storyline was started in early January. If Stefani was a "few months along" then, she'd be in her second or third trimester now. Yet when Stefani announced her Las Vegas residency on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week, she most certainly did not have a baby bump. Just as important is that during the interview, DeGeneres grilled Stefani on whether she'll get married to Shelton, thereby confirming that they haven't tied the knot yet, as Gossip Cop rightly said again and again earlier this year.
So, is OK! issuing a correction and apology for its multiple false stories? Hardly. A headline on the outlet's website states, "Wedding Bells? Gwen Stefani Dishes On Plans To Marry Blake Shelton — 'I Think About It All The Time.'" The accompanying story begins, "Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been dating for a long while, so naturally the question that has been on everyone's minds is when are they going to get married already. On Tuesday's episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' she finally addressed whether she'll be walking down the aisle anytime soon."
After recounting Stefani's comments about being interested in marriage, the publication writes, "So when is it going to happen? Clearly fans will have to remain in the dark for a little bit longer. That is, unless Gwen and Blake decide to surprise everyone and elope." The tabloid ends by asking readers, "Would you like to see Gwen and Blake get married already?"
Uh, what happened to Stefani and Shelton being "just married" after the "backyard wedding" in December? The magazine makes no mention whatsoever of its previous insistence in several different articles that the couple had wed. Also ignored is the purported pregnancy. This flip-flop not only further shows that Gossip Cop was right to debunk all those tall tales, but it is also additional evidence that OK! doesn't actually have real insight on the couple and is duping readers with fake claims. And that is just not okay.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.