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A story suggesting Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have a "secret daughter" is absurd and misleading. Not only is the article untrue, but it's also a bait-and-switch designed to dupe readers. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.

The cover of this week's New Idea reads, "Jen's Daughter Out Of Hiding," along with a photo of a teenage girl. The headline of the accompanying article announces, "Brad & Jen's Secret Daughter." So what is this story actually about? Well... 17-year-old actress Cali Sheldon, who along with her twin sister played the daughter of Aniston's character on Friends, shared an Instagram photo of Aniston holding her as a baby to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. Sheldon's tribute to her on-screen mom is the entire basis for this "secret daughter" narrative. The 17-year-old isn't a "secret" and she isn't actually Aniston's "daughter."

The tabloid does eventually acknowledge that Sheldon and her twin sister only played Aniston's daughter on TV, but goes on to claim that pretending to have a daughter at work inspired Aniston to want a baby with Pitt while they were married. "It was that experience at work which made them really desperate to start a family," an alleged insider tells the magazine. "Jennifer used to come home from filming and holding baby 'Emma' all day, feeling really broody, and she and Brad were talking about babies constantly."

The outlet further contends that Aniston and Pitt were so fond of her on-screen daughter that they "treated her as if she were their own - like their secret daughter." For whatever reason, this section of the article ignores that fact that Cali's twin sister Noelle also portrayed Aniston's daughter on the show. The supposed tipster adds, "Emma was the one who made Brad and Jen start talking about having their own little girl and a family in general, so she will always hold a special place in their hearts because of it." Once again, Emma was the name of the character, who was played by both sisters when they were babies. The tabloid concludes its piece by maintaining that Aniston she was preparing for pregnancy when Pitt left her for Angelina Jolie.

The tabloid's story is all over the place, and nothing about it is accurate. For starters, Aniston explained in her Elle cover story last year that she's never felt a strong desire to have children. The actress admitted that she finds the prospect of motherhood "kind of frightening." She added, "Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don't know how naturally that comes to me."

Aniston has never ruled out the possibility of having kids either, but the idea that her on-screen daughter was once the inspiration to have a baby simply isn't accurate. Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the actress, who dismissed the premise as nonsense. As mentioned above, in addition to the overarching theme of the report being untrue, it's also initially sold to readers as if Pitt and Aniston had a "secret daughter" while they were married.

New Idea is the same publication that Gossip Cop busted in February for falsely claiming Pitt and Aniston had gotten married at her 50th birthday party. The following month, the magazine made up a story about Pitt and Aniston going on a honeymoon in Paris. The ex-spouses aren't back together in any capacity, let alone did they tie the knot and go on a Parisian honeymoon. Simply put, the magazine isn't any sort of authority on Pitt and Aniston, whether it involves went on during their marriage or where they stand today.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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