Justin Theroux and Angelina Jolie were not "caught out" in a "hook-up." A new report claims the stars were spotted together in New York, but the allegations are untrue. Gossip Cop can bust the story.
According to New Idea, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's exes have been "busy striking up an unlikely alliance." The tabloid specifically alleges they were "spotted dining together" at a restaurant on Long Island, where they were "sharing a table in a dimly lit corner for close to three hours" and "talking intensely." The gossip magazine further describes how the pair were supposedly "leaning over and speaking in hushed tones as stunned onlookers watched intently."
One of those purported "onlookers" is quoted as saying, "We couldn't believe it when Angelina Jolie walked in. When Justin Theroux arrived 15 minutes later and sat with her, we were dumbstruck." This so-called "patron" goes on to assert to the outlet that Jolie and Theroux "hugged warmly when they saw each other," but were "all business after that, with Ange jotting down notes."
The publication first maintains that it's "unclear what the pair were discussing," but then alleges that "sources close to Ange" contend she and Theroux met up "so they could discuss how best to handle their splits." One such "source" supposedly claims, "She was keen to talk to Justin to find out what he knew about Jen and Brad's new romance, and how they should tackle things." This purported tipster deems the get-together a "strategy meeting... a chance for her to pick Justin's brain and work out their next steps as exes."
But it's actually quite clear the tabloid has no idea what it's talking about. In the article, the magazine asserts Jolie and Theroux were seen at "Il Baco restaurant on Long Island." Not only is it actually called "Il Bacco," with two Cs, but the outlet features separate photos of Jolie and Theroux leaving Il Buco, which is an unrelated dining and retail establishment with three locations in Manhattan. What's more is that the picture shown of Jolie is actually from 2008 when she went to one of the venues for a party celebrating the movie Changeling.
Meanwhile, Theroux's pictured outing was when he dined with Liv Tyler and David Beckham in 2014. So, to recap, New Idea claims Jolie and Theroux met up at Il Bacco on Long Island, but features pictures of each of them separately at Il Buco in New York City on occasions that took place 10 and four years ago. Suffice it to say, they were never actually "caught out" in a "hook-up." And no reputable publication has reported they were spotted together because this alleged public meeting never happened, Gossip Cop is assured by our insiders close to both stars, who declined to comment on the record to avoid giving the false claims more attention than they deserve. Still, it's clear they're all made-up.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.