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Brad Pitt is not "shattered" that MIT professor Neri Oxman has gotten engaged, despite a ridiculous report. As Gossip Cop has stressed several times, the movie star never dated the professor. We can set the record straight on this latest twist in the ongoing narrative.

It was reported last week that Oxman is engaged to hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, and now according to the National Enquirer, Pitt's "dreams of a high-power romance" with the professor have been destroyed. The magazine claims that the actor "had fallen hard" for Oxman, but she ditched him after getting scared off by his custody battle with Angelina Jolie. "Neri was spooked away from Brad because he had to take Angie to court just to get to see his kids this summer," an alleged "insider" tells the magazine. "Dating Brad was creating enough stress and headlines - but once Angie made it clear the custody battle was going to become a circus, Neri was out."

The Enquirer's sister outlet, RadarOnline, is pushing a similar storyline. The blog published a report with the headline, "Poor Brad! Pitt's Ex Engaged To Billionaire Hedge Funder." The website claims that Ackman "has stolen" Oxman from the movie star, adding that any hopes Pitt had "of wooing back" the professor "have all been dashed." The unreliable outlet further contends that the actor had been "calling [Oxman] nonstop" amid her relationship with Ackman, but he's been defeated now that she's engaged.

Both outlets are publishing pure fiction. Back when the romance rumors between Pitt and Oxman emerged earlier this year, the actor's rep told Gossip Cop several times on the record that they weren't dating. This was backed up by several other publications. E! News, for example, noted that Pitt and Oxman are "strictly friends." People magazine similarly reported that Pitt and Oxman's friendship "is not romantic." And the New York Post stated that Pitt and Oxman share a "professional friendship."

Last week, Oxman broke her silence about Pitt in a New York Times interview, confirming to the newspaper that she never dated the actor. Here's what's really happening. The Enquirer and RadarOnline are using the news of Oxman's engagement as an opportunity to write yet another bogus story about her and Pitt. The two met through an MIT architecture project last year, but were never romantically involved. Oxman isn't Pit's "ex," she didn't dump him and he has no reason to be "shattered" over her engagement.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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