HollywoodLife readers on Wednesday were told Brad Pitt was dating Ella Purnell. That was breathlessly followed up by that same site in Thursday about why Angelina Jolie was “so upset” about it. Now it’s Sunday, and after virtually everyone picked up Gossip Cop‘s reporting about how Pitt and Purnell (a Jolie “look-alike”) are not dating, the website has published one of its trademark flip-flops, claiming to know “the truth” about them.
Allow Gossip Cop to explain how HollywoodLies, as it’s known, seemingly operates. On Wednesday, In Touch published an article that maintained Pitt was “falling for” for the 21-year-old actress, who played a younger version of Jolie in the movie Maleficent. After noting how Purnell was cast in Pitt’s Starz series “Sweetbitter,” the tabloid asserted the actor has become “smitten” with his young star and that the two have “chemistry.”
Of course, Gossip Cop exclusively busted the untrue story about Pitt being involved with Purnell. HollywoodLies, however, simply regurgitated the magazine’s story without bothering to fact-check it. In fact, we have screenshots below that show the website not only didn’t question the veracity of the publication’s story, but it also editorialized, “Does that sound amazing?” about Pitt taking his “relationship to the next level with Purnell.
Next, as that repeatedly discredited site often does, it then manufactured a completely fictitious story about how Angelina Jolie was “upset” about the Pitt and Purnell dating rumor. HollywoodLies declared that it had exclusively learned how “Jolie is not happy” about her estranged husband being involved with her young, former co-star. The blog even contended it had a “source” who assured them that Pitt allegedly dating Purnell is “not sitting well” with Jolie. But the article, parts of which Gossip Cop excerpted below, was simply yet another fake news story from HollywoodLife.
Now several days after publishing its lies, the site claims to have “the truth,” and it even has the gall to assert its information is “exclusive.” In keeping with how that site seemingly operates, it magically has a so-called “source” suddenly saying, “There’s no truth to this story of them dating.” In reality, however, HollywoodLies once again got caught concocting and publishing false reports and had to scramble after Purnell herself debunked the stories, which Gossip Cop had corrected a day earlier. On Thursday, Purnell herself tweeted that stories about her dating Pitt were “fake news.” She even pointed out in a follow-up messages, “Literally never met the guy! Swear on my mamas life.”
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.