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Brad Pitt fears Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie will have an Oscars "showdown," according to a characteristically sensational tabloid story. Gossip Cop can debunk the report. We can also explain how it's inconsistent with past claims.

These new allegations come from OK!, which contends "all of Hollywood is bracing for the A-list frenemies to face off behind the scenes of the season's biggest awards show." The gossip magazine's story alleges awards season has been "such a minefield" for Aniston and Jolie that they "actually arranged a phone call to determine how to navigate it" in anticipation of this weekend's Academy Awards. A so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "Word is Jen and Angie had a major discussion about the Oscars."

The supposed source claims to the outlet that while the actresses each wanted to "stake out their territory" for the after-parties, "neither was willing to budge an inch." Instead, "friends say" Aniston and Jolie "simply agreed to avoid each other if they ended up at the same event," alleges the publication. The problem, according to the tabloid, is that both stars are "unsatisfied" with the arrangement.

"Why should either of them have to tiptoe around the Academy Awards worrying about bumping into the other?" asks the purported tipster, who insists, "A face-to-face showdown is inevitable." That's where Pitt supposedly factors in. The magazine and its "insider" contend he's "'in a panic' over the possibility of a public standoff." The questionable source alleges, "I heard he's frantically texting Jen and Angie to ask them to avoid being in the same room at all costs."

But there's a few telltale signs that this is all made-up and inaccurate. The first red flag is the language, including "word is," "friends say" and "I heard." These phrases are used when there's no firsthand knowledge of what's being alleged. Second, the outlet does not acknowledge that Aniston and Jolie both attended the Golden Globes as well as the Netflix after-party last month without incident. In addition, Aniston and Jolie were also previously both at the Oscars in 2009. There was no issue then so there's no legitimate reason to think there would be an issue this time.

Lastly, just two weeks ago OK! was peddling a cover story that alleged, albeit it falsely, that Pitt and Jolie were calling off their divorce and renewing their vows. If the estranged spouses were actually back together, wouldn't the actor be accompanying her to the Oscar parties? And why would Pitt need to text Jolie? Couldn't he just tell her in person? Tellingly, this new article makes no mention of Pitt and Jolie being back together.

It's a striking omission, one that goes to show how inconsistent the tabloid is when it comes to reporting on these stars. It also underscores the magazine's inaccuracy and lack of credibility. Gossip Cop is told on background that this alleged "meeting of the ex-wives club" between Jolie and Aniston never took place, nor is Pitt concerned about his former loves potentially crossing paths. They are all adults and their shared history is firmly in the past. The gossip media just wants fans to think otherwise.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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