One of this week's tabloids claims Elle Fanning's loved ones are worried about her rumored romance with Max Minghella, who's 13 years her senior. Gossip Cop can debunk the made-up story. We're told it's false.
Fanning and Minghella reportedly struck up a romance on the set of the upcoming movie Teen Spirit. The actor, best known for "The Handmaid's Tale" and The Social Network, makes his directorial debut with the drama, in which the actress plays a teen who dreams of becoming a pop star. Rumors of a relationship between the two began in August when they were spotted looking cozy during a stroll in London. Neither star has confirmed they're dating.
An article in the latest issue of OK! reads, "Elle & Max: Headed For Heartbreak?" An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Everyone thinks it's a wildly inappropriate relationship. She absolutely started out as his employee, became his muse, and wound up as his girlfriend."
The supposed source further contends that Fanning's family thinks she's too young for the actor, while others in her life "just don't want to see Elle getting in too deep, too quickly with anybody." The questionable tipster goes on to say that Minghella doesn't care about the supposed disapproval from the actress's loved ones and is "totally obsessed with making this relationship work."
Gossip Cop, however, checked in with a source close to Fanning, who tells us on the condition of anonymity that the magazine's story is simply not true. This article seems to have been fabricated simply because there's a significant age difference between the actress and her Teen Spirit director. Regardless, we're assured that no one in Fanning's trusted inner circle is speaking to the tabloid about her personal life, which she chooses to keep private.
Meanwhile, OK! is hardly reliable when it comes to reporting accurate stories about Fanning. Last year, Gossip Cop called out the magazine for falsely claiming that the actress was feuding with Mary Shelley co-star Maisie Williams. The outlet alleged that the two got into a dustup on the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival after Fanning instructed her co-star on "how to pose for photographers."
The report was provably untrue. Interviews from the event were later posted online, and featured the co-stars gushing about working together. The magazine's latest article, which targets Fanning's love life instead of her professional relationships, is no more accurate.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.