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Brad Pitt turns 54 on Monday, and to celebrate his birthday, Gossip Cop looks back at five wrong rumors about the actor that we exclusively busted over the past year. Check out the list below!

Just last week, Gossip Cop debunked Star's phony cover story claiming that Pitt recently began dating Jennifer Lawrence. The bogus article contended that the actor and starlet hooked up shortly after she split from director Darren Aronofsky in November, and the two were even "enjoying lots of late nights together." But we checked in with a mutual pal of ours and Pitt, who exclusively assured us that the story was "false." A rep for Lawrence also confirmed that she's not in a relationship with the fellow movie star.

In October, In Touch wrongly reported that Pitt was dating 21-year-old actress Ella Purnell, who played the younger version of Angelina Jolie's character in 2014's Maleficent. However, the baseless story was seemingly manufactured simply because Pitt is producing an upcoming TV show featuring the young actress. A source close to Pitt assured Gossip Cop that there was no truth to the romance rumors.

Meanwhile, we called out Us Weekly in August for publishing an inaccurate cover story announcing, "Angie & Brad: The Divorce Is Off!" It's not. The tabloid claimed the estranged spouses were working out their issues and on the verge of getting back together, but that's not the case. Gossip Cop was assured that the exes were still in the process of getting divorced.

Naturally, the year didn't go by without several phony stories surrounding Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. In Touch, for example, published a cover story in March that falsely claimed the ex-spouses had a "secret reunion." The tall tale even alleged that Jolie "walked in on" the supposed rendezvous. But Gossip Cop checked in with Aniston's rep, who assured us that nothing about the outlet's story was remotely factual.

And in December 2016, just a few days after Pitt's last birthday, Gossip Cop called out Star for manufacturing a cover story claiming that Kate Hudson was pregnant with the actor's baby. This false report came following months of untrue articles about the two dating, which they never had. Regardless, a rep for the actor assured us that the story was completely made-up.

Of course, these five examples don't even scratch the surface of all the fake news about Pitt that has circulated over the past year. Gossip Cop estimates that we busted more than 200 false stories about the actor since last December. All the same, we wish Pitt a very happy and rumor-free 54th birthday!

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is accurate to the best of our ability.

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