Liam Payne's mom is still alive, fortunately and thankfully. But you wouldn't know that if you read HollywoodLife's Mother's Day story on Sunday, which was all about the One Direction singer spending his first Mother's Day without his mother.
Again, Payne's mom hasn't died. Tragically, however, Louis Tomlinson lost his mom to leukemia last December, as Gossip Cop reported at the time. Here HollywoodLies, as it is nicknamed, once again has proven it knows nothing about the lives of Hollywood stars, and simply wanted to manufacture a dramatic article, but in the process published a horrifically insensitive story.
Amazingly, the headline of the article is virtually the only component that's accurate: "Liam Payne Gushes Over Cheryl & His Mom With Sweet Mother's Day Tribute — 'I Love You.'" That's true. The singer did make a social media post celebrating Cheryl Cole, with whom he just had a baby, as well as his mother, Karen Payne. But HollywoodLies' story says something far different.
"Liam Payne dedicated the sweetest Mother's Day message to girlfriend-turned baby mama Cheryl and his late 'mum' Johannah, who tragically passed away in December," writes the site, which asserts Mother's Day "must be a bittersweet time" for Payne. The webloid goes on to contend he "had to say goodbye to his mother, Johannah Deakin, in December after she lost her heartbreaking battle with leukemia at the young age of 43," and maintains, "Needless to say the past six months have been an emotional rollercoaster for the former One Direction singer."
No, they haven't, because Johannah Deakin was not Payne's mom. She was Tomlinson's mother. And to mix them up like this is, quite frankly, inexcusable. Over and over the shameful outlet made the mistake, spouting off lines like, "The British hunk gushed over Cheryl and Johannah on social media." Incredibly, though the article was published nearly 24 hours ago, as of now it still contains the incorrect information. And that's despite commenters taking HollywoodLies to task for its clueless and carelessness (see screengrab below).
Payne did not deserve to have his mother wrongly killed off, and Tomlinson did not deserve to have his own mother's passing exploited in a grossly inaccurate story. The webloid owes both an apology and a retraction.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is accurate to the best of our ability.