George Clooney is not addicted to painkillers, despite a false report alleging the actor "can't stop popping pills." Gossip Cop can correct the bogus story. There's simply no truth to it.
NW claims the actor's scooter crash in Italy last July has exacerbated a previous spinal injury from more than a decade ago, leaving him in "excruciating pain" and "reaching for the medicine cabinet." An alleged source tells the magazine, "There have been whispers that George might be having trouble with painkillers, which are the only things that could possibly relieve his searing headaches and torturous back pain."
The questionable insider further contends that Clooney has been "looking sickly" as of late, adding, "There's a paleness to his complexion and he has dark circles under his eyes like he hasn't been sleeping." The alleged tipster adds, "He's lost a lot of weight too. His jawline practically juts out!" However, Clooney looked perfectly happy and healthy while attending a charity gala in Scotland a few weeks ago.
Additionally, the tabloid's bogus story is based on claims from an anonymous and seemingly nonexistent "source," but Gossip Cop reached out to Clooney's spokesperson, who says on the record that it's untrue. A rep qualified to speak on the actor's behalf tells us in no uncertain terms, "George does not take painkillers."
It's worth noting, Clooney only suffered minor injuries during his scooter accident last year. Just days after the incident, the actor's rep confirmed in a statement he was "recovering at home and will be fine." Clooney underwent an MRI following the crash, but it showed no issues and he was quickly released from the hospital.
The actor did in fact suffer a serious spinal injury on the set of the 2005 drama Syriana following a stunt gone awry. Clooney has opened up in interviews about living with back pain and headaches as a result of the incident, but his pain has diminished over time.
Back in 2012, Clooney told the Hollywood Reporter that he took "a series of painkillers" following a nine-hour surgery in 2005. The actor, however, admitted to having a bad experience with the pills and noted, "I had a lot of stomach pain and I really didn't like the high it gave me." The actor further revealed that the painkillers "created this horrible anxiety where I really thought I was in trouble."
Gossip Cop can confirm that the actor isn't back on pain pills, which had caused him undesirable side effects when he took them nearly a decade and a half ago. We can also confirm that the actor's scooter crash hasn't aggravated his back injury from several years ago. Clooney simply isn't hooked on painkillers, and the claim otherwise is baseless.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.