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A story about whether Brad Pitt is upset over Angelina Jolie's supposed adoption plans was made-up. Gossip Cop can bust it. We can also explain the origins of the unsubstantiated adoption rumor.

In this week's OK!, the tabloid alleges without evidence that Jolie is planning to adopt a Syrian refugee. Despite there being no proof the claim is true, HollywoodLife quickly picked it up and regurgitated the contention online. The site did no fact-checking to find out whether the report was accurate. And now the blog is claiming "a source close to Brad told HL exclusively about his reaction to the latest adoption rumors."

"Angie always talked with Brad about expanding their family even more so Brad would not be surprised or upset if Angelina continued to adopt children," this untraceable "source" is quoted as saying, bizarrely calling Jolie "Angie" and "Angelina" in the same sentence. The alleged tipster goes on to contend, "But Brad has no interest in competing with his ex in an adoption war or trying to keep up with her in that weird way." The website sums up Pitt's stance like this: "When it comes to reports that Angelina may be looking to adopt again, Brad is neither shocked, nor does he even care."

If he doesn't care, why would a "source close" to him bother discussing it with a gossip outlet at all? This is a classic example of the online publication trying to capitalize on a tabloid rumor by offering up a related story, one that doesn't actually make sense. Perhaps instead of pretending to know how Pitt feels about Jolie's purported plans, the site could've spent its time investigating whether the original allegation is even true.

This certainly isn't the first time the blog has spread questionable information from the gossip media as it relates to the former couple adopting. Following Jolie and Pitt's split in 2016, the website claimed they had been planning to adopt a seventh child to save their marriage. The source for that tale was a tabloid article that Gossip Cop had already debunked with the help of Pitt's rep, who confirmed on the record that the claim was untrue. But the website, desperate to capitalize on all the interest in the Brangelina divorce, brought the wrong rumor back nearly two months after it had been corrected.

Since then, the outlet's track record hasn't improved at all. In 2017, for example, the publication proved it didn't have access to Pitt's camp when it flip-flopped on claims he was dating Ella Purnell. That, too, was the result of the site blindly copying a tabloid. And even just one day ago, Gossip Cop called out the blog using a clearly fake "source" for a story on Pitt's supposed reaction to Jennifer Aniston's InStyle interview. As long as the website keeps transparently manufacturing stories, Gossip Cop will keep holding it accountable.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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