OK! Australia is shamefully running an old, fake news story about Jennifer Aniston meeting Brad Pitt's kids. Though the claim was debunked immediately after it came out, the tabloid is still trying to deceive readers. Gossip Cop can explain what's going on and bust the allegation again.
Last Wednesday, In Touch released a new cover falsely announcing, "Jen Meets Brad's Kids!" The front of the issue was purposely designed to trick consumers into thinking there were photos of this supposed meeting. One picture showed Pitt walking with his son Knox and another featured Aniston greeting a boy with a similar resemblance. It was intended to make readers believe the kid was Knox. It was not.
As Gossip Cop revealed, Aniston was actually pictured with a child actor on the set of her 2010 movie, The Switch. And the photo of Pitt and Knox wasn't recent, either. It was a snapshot taken in 2015, and the gossip magazine actually cropped Angelina Jolie and daughter Vivienne out of the frame. The two pictures have no connection to one another and certainly weren't evidence that Aniston had met Pitt's children.
Gossip Cop, of course, still investigated further, and we confirmed that she's never met any of her ex-husband's kids. In addition, a rep for Pitt exclusively told us the cover story was 100 percent false. Yet despite that on-the-record debunking, OK! Australia still decided to run a virtually identical cover and article. As seen in the side-by-side comparison below, not only is the same exact language used on the cover, but the Aussie outlet also replicated the photo deception. Though the origin of the photos was already exposed, the publication still attempted to mislead readers in an attempt to sell magazine copies.
Additionally, the In Touch story is also recycled almost word-for-word. For example, the American tabloid quoted an alleged source as saying that when Aniston supposedly met Pitt's children, "The kids knew who Jen was and were familiar with her from TV and magazine photos, but they treated her like a normal friend of their father's." The OK! Australia version features that same quote and repeats many others. So, what's going on?
This actually isn't a case of plagiarism. Rather, it's an instance of intentionally shared content. What many people don't know is that Australia's OK! and America's In Touch are sister publications.
They are both owned by Bauer Media, and as Gossip Cop has started increasingly monitoring foreign gossip outlets, we've noticed that what first appears stateside is then sometimes regurgitated in Australia. But there is no justification for running untrue claims when they've already been proven to be erroneous and made-up. Perhaps it's time for the tabloid Down Under to stop trying to pull one over on its readers.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.