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A story claiming Jennifer Aniston "feels horrible" about Brad Pitt's custody battle with Angelina Jolie is made-up. Gossip Cop can bust it. Neither Aniston nor anyone close to her is weighing in on her ex-husband's situation.

But HollywoodLife is purporting to have an "exclusive" about how Aniston is "#TeamBrad" and "taking his side." To give credence to this manufactured tale, the site quotes a so-called "source close to Jen," who contends Aniston is "feeling horrible" for Pitt, and "can't imagine what it must be like to fight with someone as powerful as Angelina over your own kids." Asserts this untraceable tipster, "Knowing Brad as well as she does, Jen is in agony over the pain Brad must be going through fighting with his ex just to be with his own kids."

Consider the dictionary definition of agony: "Extreme and generally prolonged pain; intense physical or mental suffering." Aniston sure didn't seem to be in "agony" when she visited George Clooney's Lake Como home three days ago. She didn't appear to be in "extreme pain" when Aniston was seen filming Murder Mystery last week. And there was no evidence of "physical or mental suffering" when Aniston was photographed lounging by a pool two weeks ago.

To call this story sensational would be an understatement. But it is right in line with the blog's modus operandi: It takes topics that are dominating celebrity news and manufactures related stories. Over the last few days, there have been a few reports about Jolie and Pitt struggling to resolve their custody case. So the website quite obviously sought to capitalize on the subject by pretending to know Aniston's reaction.

Similarly, last week when Aniston's InStyle cover story was making headlines, the outlet concocted one of its own by claiming to know Pitt's reaction to her interview and photo shoot. In that case and now this one, the online publication apparently expects readers to believe the exes are closely following each other's lives. That's just not the case. As People reported earlier this year, Pitt and Aniston haven't seen one another "in ages," and aren't in "regular contact."

They aren't spending their time fretting about each other's lives. The examples Gossip Cop outlined above show Aniston is focused on work, her friends and fitting in some R&R. And given that she's never previously weighed in on Pitt's custody issues, which date back nearly two years, it simply isn't believable that a "source close" to her is now telling a gossip blog that she finds Jolie's behavior "shameful." The real shame is that the website is trying to pass off this fabrication as real news. A rep for Aniston even tells Gossip Cop this is "just another example of a gossip outlet making up a story for clickbait." The spokesperson adds, "None of it is true."

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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