The tabloids spew fake news every week, but Gossip Cop noticed a disturbing trend among this week’s issues: Fake celebrity pregnancies. Star, OK! and Life & Style all falsely impregnated A-list singers and actresses in their new editions. But none of the women are actually expecting.
As Gossip Cop reported, the new cover of Star announced a “miracle baby at 47” for Gwen Stefani. The accompanying story alleged she was having a child with Blake Shelton, and the article was filled with purported details, like Stefani supposedly being “beside herself when she found out at a recent doctor’s appointment.” The tabloid even said the couple’s Mother’s Day weekend outing was less about the holiday and more about celebrating the alleged pregnancy news. But the only news here is fake news. As Gossip Cop exclusively confirmed, there’s currently no baby on the way. And Star is also the same outlet that disgustingly lied about Stefani suffering a miscarriage last year.
The current issue of OK! blared, “Chris & Anna Baby Joy!” The cover story was all about Chris Pratt and Anna Faris expecting their second child after working through marital problems. A “source” was quoted as telling the magazine, “Anna is simply glowing right now and it looks like she has a tiny baby bump.” The article claimed the couple went to counseling to save their marriage, after which they supposedly decided to expand their family. But the tabloid had previously fabricated those relationship problems, and this pregnancy was invented, too. Reps for both Faris and Pratt told Gossip Cop there was “no truth to any part of this cover story.”
And then there was Life & Style, which ran a baby story about Lopez for the second time in two months. For this latest edition, the cover exclaimed, “J. Lo & A-Rod: They’re Having A Boy!” It was further touted that this was a “miracle baby at 47.” (Sound familiar?) The piece claimed Jennifer Lopez was pregnant with a baby boy and already decorating a baseball-themed nursery, while Alex Rodriguez was narrowing down possible names. “She’s super excited about having his son. She’s not showing yet, but she can’t wait to get a baby bump,” an “insider” supposedly alleged. Of course, the real reason Lopez is “not showing” is because she’s not pregnant. Gossip Cop spoke with reps for both sides, who insisted the story was “not true.”
It’s not unusual for the tabloids to run such falsehoods. In fact, OK! actually doubled up with its pregnancy cover, also claiming in a cover chip that Jessica Simpson was pregnant with her third, even though Gossip Cop busted that rumor last week, and the singer herself shot down the speculation on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” two days before the gossip magazine’s story was published. These outlets, however, don’t seem to mind when their fiction doesn’t match reality.
That’s why there have been countless covers over the last few years about, for example, Katie Holmes and Jennifer Aniston expecting. By that measure, both stars should have dozens of kids by now. In the past, Gossip Cop has even pointed out when Jennifer Garner, Aniston, Holmes and Stefani did not have a baby nine months after such cover stories claimed they were pregnant. But it’s rare that you see three of these cover stories on newsstands in the same week.
“At what point do people stop believing the constant barrage of lies?” a contact close to Stefani and Shelton asked Gossip Cop earlier this week. That’s something only consumers can answer, but surely one should be suspicious while standing in the grocery store checkout and seeing announcements from often inaccurate publications that Stefani, Faris and Lopez are all pregnant. And while Gossip Cop sometimes laughs off the fertile imaginations of these tabloid writers, the truth is this issue should not be minimized.
Aniston famously wrote a whole essay for Huffington Post last year about the insensitivity of the gossip media making up fake pregnancies, explaining how it objectifies women and encourages body shaming. Sadly, the tabloids did not take the actress’ remarks to heart, as they’ve continued to publish false pregnancy reports about her, including one from Star in February that falsely announced her supposed “baby joy at 48!” (Again, sound familiar?)
Aniston called on consumers to “[stop] buying the bulls**t,” and Gossip Cop wants to echo that plea now, nearly a year after it was first made in July 2016. While we are committed to holding the tabloids accountable for spreading fabrications, readers should take a stand at the newsstand, too. Stop considering gossip magazines “guilty pleasures” and start looking at the toll fake news has on society. Celebrity journalism can be fun. It can be fluffy. And it can definitely be about stars who are actually really, truly having babies. But first and foremost, it needs to be accurate.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is accurate to the best of our ability.