Is Jennifer Garner "turning to Scientology"? That's the rumor floated in the headline of one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this fake news. We're told it's "not true."

According to Star, after it emerged that her estranged husband Ben Affleck was dating "SNL" producer Lindsay Shookus, Garner has begun "exploring a therapy favored by Scientologists." But after its explosive headline and another reference to Scientology, the tabloid begins to back away from its claim and alleges that Garner went to a therapist in L.A. "who offers neurofeedback," which analyzes brain waves and is "something very similar" to a process used by the Church of Scientology. Neurofeedback, notes the publication, can be used when treating "anxiety, depression or insomnia."

It should be stressed at this point that there's a vast difference between "turning to Scientology" and possibly using a technique that, at best, is "similar" to one used by the controversial religion. Additionally, the tabloid offers zero proof that Garner is actually using neurofeedback. Further illustrating how incredibly tenuous and unfounded the tabloid's claims are, the magazine reaches when it speculates, "There's no doubt Jen (and Ben) probably count a number of Scientologists among their Hollywood acquaintances." "You'd have to be shut up in a cellar somewhere not to interact with them in L.A." adds a so-called "insider," who comes off as anything but an "insider."

Basically, the magazine's story morphed from Garner may be "turning to Scientology" to she "probably" has a few "acquaintances" who might possibly be Scientologists. That's like starting off by asking whether Garner is converting to Judaism, and trying to prove that flimsy point by noting she's "probably" interacted with some people who could be Jewish. The reality is Garner attends services nearly every Sunday at the Community United Methodist Church in Pacific Palisades, and she is not "turning to Scientology." Still, a mutual friend of Gossip Cop and Garner's tells us the tabloid's tale is "not true."

This is hardly the first fake news story published by the outlet. In the past, Gossip Cop has busted the magazine for falsely reporting in a cover story that Garner and Affleck were back together. That was entirely false, and so is the claim that Garner is now "turning to Scientology." Perhaps it's time for Star to turn to fact-checking.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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