Gossip Cop has busted several false tabloid stories this week after fact-checking their accuracy, but HollywoodLife instead spread many of these bogus articles online. Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani were among the subjects of these phony stories. See below how the outlet got the reports wrong.
A made-up article in the latest issue of Star says Aniston is dating her boxing trainer Leyon Azubuike. But Gossip Cop spoke with a rep for the actress, who told us on the record that the romance claims are a “fabrication.” It seems the story was written simply because Aniston revealed in her September InStyle cover story that she started training with Azubuike last year. The tabloid decided to link her to the trainer after she used his name in an interview. HollywoodLife, however, picked up the inaccurate report and added a ridiculous line about Aniston and her trainer “getting steamy at the gym.” It’s simply not true. People even recently reported that Aniston is “very happy being single.”
The cover of this week’s In Touch claims that Jolie wants to settle her divorce from Brad Pitt so she can marry an English billionaire. This mystery man doesn’t exist. Various tabloids have been claiming for more than a year that the actress is tying the knot with a wealthy British philanthropist, but she’s never been spotted with this fictional figure. As People recently reported, Jolie “is absolutely not seeing anyone and will not be.” And E! News also confirmed that Jolie is “not dating” and is “very focused on her kids.” HollywoodLife, however, didn’t get the memo and regurgitated the bogus premise involving the nonexistent Brit.
On Wednesday, Gossip Cop busted a Star story claiming that Stefani and Blake Shelton have been secretly married for six months after supposedly tying the knot on his Oklahoma ranch. There was no wedding. “Entertainment Tonight” reported in March that Stefani and Shelton were “not ready to get married.” In April, Shelton discussed the idea of marrying Stefani, admitting, “I think about it. I don’t think it’s anytime soon or anything.” Both of those articles came out less than six months ago and can be found online by doing a quick search. But HollywoodLife instead copied Star‘s inaccurate report without bothering to question it.
Also this week, the blog recycled a false Star story about Britney spears getting “snubbed” by the royal family, as well as In Touch‘s wrong report about Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger being engaged. Gossip Cop busted both articles after doing some fact-checking, but HollywoodLife helped perpetuate the lies. These are just a few examples of how the website copies and circulates tabloid nonsense.
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