Jennifer Aniston is now caught in a wave of fake news stories that are wrongly linking Angelina Jolie to Justin Theroux romantically. It all began with a tabloid report that's already been proven to be untrue. Still, a number of outlets are regurgitating the phony premise that Aniston and Brad Pitt's exes are dating without bothering to fact-check the claim. And to make matters worse, they're profiting off the lie.
It all began on Wednesday when a completely untrue Life & Style cover story hit newsstands, maintaining Jolie is dating Theroux and Aniston will be "devastated when she finds out." Gossip Cop actually quickly debunked that made-up narrative, which is why respectable outlets didn't repeat the fabricated report. A source close to Jolie, on condition on anonymity, assured us the tale about the Oscar-winning actress and "The Leftovers" star going out on dinner dates in New York was pure fiction. Meanwhile, Theroux's rep, speaking on his behalf, told Gossip Cop on the record that the tabloid's article was 100 percent "false."
It's also the same magazine Gossip Cop exposed when it ran covers that wrongly asserted Jolie and Pitt got back together. That was followed by an entirely ludicrous front page report about Jolie getting married to husband number four. Mind you, it's the same publication that staked its reputation as well on a bogus cover contending Theroux was dating Selena Gomez. Gossip Cop was the first to rightly bust each of those articles and dozens of others about Aniston, Theroux, Jolie and Pitt.
We don't post articles until we've contacted several people related to the claims and have come to a determination. Conversely, outlets such as Celebrity Insider seem to rarely if ever fact-check reports, and instead appear to often just either cut-and-paste concocted articles published elsewhere or spin new angles to them. What's worse is somehow that site is being rewarded with traffic and presumably revenue for throwing up fake news stories.
In this particular case, Celebrity Insider posted two phony articles about the topic within hours of each other. One has the headline, "Angelina Jolie Is Reportedly Eyeing A Relationship With Jennifer Aniston's Ex-Husband After Brad Pitt Divorce," while the other is titled, "Angelina Jolie Secretly Dating Justin Theroux? This Could Be Jennifer Aniston's Worst Nightmare." In neither of those pieces does the blog mention having contacted anyone connected at all to Jolie, Theroux, or Aniston. Both tales are simply rooted in the already discredited Life & Style cover story from earlier in the week.
And this is not an outlier. Just a few weeks ago, Gossip Cop shot down a fake news story from that website, which absurdly alleged Aniston and Theroux were getting back together. We also nailed the blog when it posted a work of fiction about Pitt turning to Aniston to navigate his divorce from Jolie. As opposed to those fabricated reports, in every single one of our pieces, we had on-the-record comments. Unfortunately, if you search for articles about Aniston, you might likely end up with manufactured nonsense, which is why if you want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, come directly to Gossip Cop.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.