Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston did not celebrate their "18th wedding anniversary" by "getting married again," despite a misleading new report. Gossip Cop already debunked fake marriage claims earlier this week. Now we can separate fact from fiction again.
The International Business Times writes in an article on Friday that there are "allegations that the former couple secretly got married after parting ways from their partners." The site references this week's In Touch issue, noting, "The cover has a picture of both the stars in question with a caption that reads, "Brad & Jen's Big Surprise: 'We're Married!'" The website goes on to detail the cover story, quoting from the print article, "They were recently 'married' in a commitment ceremony."
It is not until the eighth paragraph that the online outlet acknowledges that this is untrue, writing, "Gossip Cop debunked the allegations." But then, the publication seems to suggest that we "asserted that Brad's six children attended the wedding." In actuality, we reported that Pitt's kids have been in London where Angelina Jolie is filming Maleficent 2, making it impossible for them have to have attended an alleged wedding at Pitt's Los Angeles home.
Beyond that, our full debunking of In Touch's fabricated report about Aniston and Pitt being "just married" outlined a litany of reasons the claim was untrue. We even pointed out, which the International Business Times does not, that Aniston and Pitt's would-be "18th wedding anniversary" isn't until July 29. They haven't "celebrated" that date since their divorce, and they won't be celebrating it this year, either. But IBT has cobbled together truths and falsehoods in such a confusing way that their piece is essentially fake news.
For example, amidst this hodgepodge of claims, the site says of the former spouses, "There were speculations that they planned to make their debut as a couple at the Oscars in 2018." Nowhere is it said that such "speculations" were false from the get-go. Gossip Cop reported in February and again in March that Aniston and Pitt would not be attending the Oscars together. And it isn't until the very end of its article that the website admits, "The reunion of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston is not happening despite claims."
This should have and could have been handled all differently. The outlet packaged its story in such a sensational and misleading way that readers are initially given the impression that the marriage claim could be true. The publication should have said at the outset, as Gossip Cop did, that the allegation was false. Instead, people are baited into clicking on a story that has an untrue premise. To make matters worse, the correct information isn't clear, and more misinformation is mixed in. As a result, the fiction takes precedence over the facts.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.