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Did Claire Foy and Matt Smith really go on a date, as a tabloid is claiming this week? Gossip Cop has looked into the report and we can debunk it. There's nothing romantic going on between The Crown co-stars.

A headline in the most recent issue of Woman's Day states that the duo were spotting on a "playful lunch date," quoting a supposed "witness" as saying, "They certainly looked like they shared a connection." This so-called "witness" further contends it "looked like the perfect date" between the co-stars, who supposedly "gazed adoringly at each other" throughout. Although the pair did share lunch together in London earlier this month, the publication is willfully ignorant of the facts. There was noting romantic about the outing.

Foy and Smith are longtime friends and co-stars. In addition to their very successful two-year run as a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Netflix's The Crown, the two are currently co-starring in a stage production of the play Lung at the historic Old Vic Theatre in London. They simply grabbed lunch together during a break from their play. The tabloid is trying to make this innocent occurrence much more salacious by offering a phony version of events.

The outlet does backtracks for a bit, quoting another so-called "insider" as saying, "This lunch date was probably just a case of friends grabbing an innocent bite to eat." However, the tabloid still can't help itself from creating drama by adding more vague comments from the same "insider," who says, "It has been the talk of the cast and crew ever since. After all, Claire and Matt were hired because they have such great rapport together." Once again, the magazine is attempting to spin a normal lunch between friends into something more suggestive.

Foy and Smith aren't more than friends, and they have never dated. The actor, in fact, has been dating Downton Abbey star Lily James for five years. Foy broke up with her husband in 2018 and has been unattached, publicly, since. Still, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who tells us unequivocally that the story is ridiculous.

This isn't the first time a tabloid has misrepresented Foy's love life with a co-star. Last month, Star ran a phony report about Eva Mendes being "crazy jealous" of Foy when the actress starred with her partner, Ryan Gosling, in First Man. That article falsely maintained that Mendes and Gosling had "salvaged" their marriage after dealing with the Mendes' supposed jealousy of Foy. Gossip Cop busted that untrue story as well. It seems the tabloids are convinced Foy is some sort of homewrecker, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.

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