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A tabloid claims Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are fighting over January Jones supposedly pursuing the actor. The story is total fiction. Gossip Cop can debunk it.

"January Making A Move On Joker Joaquin!" reads a ridiculous headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer. The accompanying article claims Jones is "crushing hard" on Phoenix, and his girlfriend of three years is furious about it. According to an "insider," Phoenix and Jones have known each other socially for years, but she started pursuing him once he started getting Oscar buzz for his role in Joker.

Gossip Cop should pause her to note there's zero indication that Phoenix knows the Mad Men star, or that the two have even crossed paths. The idea she's romantically interested in him because he's getting Oscar buzz is also absurd. Phoenix's successful acting career has spanned decades and he's already earned three Oscar nominations - Best Actor for Walk the Line and The Master, and Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator.

Still, the supposed source adds, "January's terribly impressed with Joaquin and doesn't miss a chance to let him know it. She has been texting him at all hours and even suggesting that they rehearse scenes together." The suspicious tipster goes on to say Phoenix is flattered by the attention, but Mara is "steamed that he's even communicating with her." The alleged insider adds, "Rooney's actually a calm, levelheaded girl, but when push comes to shove, she does have a temper. She's told Joaquin she's ready to give January a piece of her mind!"

In addition to being untrue, the tabloid's report is very random. As noted above, we couldn't find any sort of connection between Phoenix and Jones. The two have never worked together and there's no evidence they've socialized at any Hollywood events. Gossip Cop also checked in with a source close to the situation, who tells us the magazine's article is nonsense. Jones isn't pursuing Phoenix in any way, nor is the actress coming between the Joker star and his girlfriend.

This isn't the first time the Enquirer has made up a story about Phoenix being the object of another celebrity's desire. However, it wasn't in the romantic sense the last time around. In November, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for falsely claiming Tom Cruise wanted Phoenix to join Scientology and play the villain in the next Mission: Impossible movie. Phoenix might be in demand more than ever these days, but that doesn't mean other stars suddenly have their eyes on him. He's been one of the most respected actors in the industry for years.

Last year, Gossip Cop called out the Enquirer's sister publication, OK!, for wrongly reporting that Phoenix and Mara were headed for a split over their clashing personalities. The couple is still going strong. The tabloids also have zero insight into the actor's relationship with his girlfriend.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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