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One of the tabloids claims Joaquin Phoenix's girlfriend, Rooney Mara, is "freaked out" by his new role as the Joker. Gossip Cop can debunk the bogus story. It's completely made-up.

"Joaquin Driving Rooney Away," reads a headline in the latest issue of OK! The accompanying article says Phoenix has been staying in character as the Joker even when he's not filming the upcoming DC Comics movie, which tells the origin story of the iconic Batman villain. The film had been shooting in New York City for the past few months, but according to the outlet, the actor would continue acting bizarrely while visiting Mara at their shared home in Los Angeles.

An alleged insider tells the magazine, "She hates that he brings his work home with him and told him to either cut it out or stay in New York until he's done filming." The supposed source adds, "Rooney understands that it's his craft, but his antics are freaking her out." It's worth noting, the outlet doesn't seem to realize that Joker wrapped production in early December.

This phony article seems to have been concocted simply because Phoenix has been known to take a method approach to acting. However, the idea that he's been embodying a supervillain while home with his girlfriend is absurd. Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who tells us the tabloid's article is fabricated.

Earlier this year, the New York Post published an article noting that Phoenix and Mara are "meant for each other" because they're both "shy homebodies" who spend most of their time staying in together. The actor hasn't been chasing his girlfriend around the house acting like the Joker.

It should also be mentioned, OK! has already proven to have little insight into the couple's relationship, which they choose to keep very private. Earlier this year, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for falsely claiming that Phoenix and Mara were headed for a split over their clashing personalities and disagreements about where to live. As time has shown, the actor and actress are still living together in Los Angeles. In fact, Phoenix said in an interview with T Magazine that they're on the same page when it comes to living a quite life together.

It's clear the unreliable tabloid has no idea what goes on behind the closed doors of Phoenix and Mara's home. The outlet simply took the actor's role as the Joker and used it as the basis for a fictional article about the couple's relationship.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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