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Brad Pitt and Alia Shawkat are not "getting serious," as a tabloid is reporting. In fact, they're not dating at all. Gossip Cop can clear up the romance rumors yet again.

The actor and the Arrested Development star have been spotted on several outings with other friends since September. According to Star, however, they began spending time together over the summer but were careful to stay out of the spotlight. An alleged insider tells the outlet, "They've bonded over a love everything from arts and culture to philosophy and cooking." Sure, it does seem Pitt and Shawkat have a lot of the same interests. Over the past two months, they both attended a play, an art exhibit, a comedy show and a Kanye West concert. This doesn't make them soulmates and the two were joined by a group of other pals for each event.

Still, the anonymous source adds, "Brad and Alia enjoyed a lot of low-key dates, but now they're starting to come out of their shell." The questionable tipster goes on to say that both Pitt and Shawkat have the approval of their inner circles. "Everyone's happy for them. It's looking like there's real potential here, for sure."

In reality, Pitt and Shawkat aren't dating, as Gossip Cop first stressed two weeks ago when the speculation first emerged. A spokesperson for the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star assured us the two are "just friends." Trusted outlets such as People magazine, Entertainment Tonight and E! News have all confirmed this as well. They might be growing closer as pals, but their nonexistent "romance" isn't getting more serious.

Shortly after the two attended West's opera at the Hollywood Bowl last week, People magazine made a point of noting that Pitt is "very much about keeping friends as friends." The reliable outlet added, "He has a large group of artist friends that he hangs out with. Several are women, but he isn't dating them."

Star is simply trying to escalate a phony narrative. It wouldn't be the first time either. Shortly after the dating rumors went viral, the tabloid was the first to publish a cover story about Pitt "moving on" from Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie with Shawkat. That article was just a weak attempt at dragging the actor's famous exes into the fold.

Gossip Cop later called out the magazine for printing a fake story about Aniston breaking down in tears after learning Pitt was dating Shawkat. The Friends star, who isn't concerned with her ex-husband's love life, certainly wasn't upset about his imaginary relationship. This latest entry in the saga is more nonsense.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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