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Brad Pitt is not concerned about Angelina Jolie giving their kids "whatever they want," despite a wrong and oddly late report. Gossip Cop can once again debunk this phony narrative. It wasn't true three weeks ago when it was first alleged, and it's still false.

The original story was posted on March 5 by HollywoodLife, a blog that's often referred to as HollywoodLies because of its habit of publishing made-up claims. Now the International Business Times, a website which habitually cuts-and-pastes other outlets' articles without bothering to check if they're accurate, is regurgitating the same premise about Pitt being unhappy that Jolie is "spoiling" their children with "frequent shopping sprees." Not surprisingly, the IBT offers no proof or examples of when or where Jolie has gone on these supposed "shopping sprees."

Instead, the rewrite site simply quotes HollywoodLies' unnamed and quite possibly fictitious "source" as saying, "Brad fears Angelina is spoiling the kids. He wishes Angie would stop buying the kids stuff they don't need." And while the online publication doesn't question once whether those quotations are real or not, it should be obvious to virtually everyone else that those remarks were fabricated. No real person who knows either Pitt or Jolie would first call her "Angelina" in one sentence and then just seven words later refer to her as "Angie."

Nevertheless, the IBT cluelessly rehashed HollywoodLies' story, freely repeating its anonymous and almost assuredly concocted "source" as asserting Pitt is annoyed by the Oscar-winning actress "buying the kids stuff they don't need" and giving them "whatever they want." Not surprisingly, there's no mention in the article about anyone reaching out to Pitt's reps to verify whether the claims are true, which is standard practice in journalism. Conversely, Gossip Cop debunked this manufactured tale about Pitt being "worried" Jolie is "spoiling the kids" when it was first published a few weeks ago, and Pitt's camp assured us at the time no one shared any of that bogus information with HollywoodLies.

The IBT, which has been charged with fraud, has been wrong on several occasions with its tales about the divorcing spouses. The outlet gets it right, however, when it blatantly rips off Gossip Cop's exclusives. Among the scores of examples is a piece from just a few hours ago in which we shot down a claim about Jolie drinking booze because of rumors about Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (see below).

But there have been plenty of other instances when Gossip Cop has busted that outlet. Last summer we nailed the website when it ridiculously contended Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were going to get married again on what would've been their 18th wedding anniversary. And just about a week ago, Gossip Cop exposed it for absurdly insisting Pitt and Jolie were pushing to finalize their divorce because he's in a "romance" with Aniston. When it comes to celebrity stories, it appears that online publication prefers fast-paced rewriting over fact-checking and real reporting.

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Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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