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Justin Theroux is not dating artist Petra Collins following his split from Jennifer Aniston, despite a false report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this claim. We're told the two are just friends.

The actor and photographer attended a pre-Met Gala party in New York City on Saturday night, which compelled the Daily Mail to baselessly refer to her as his "girlfriend." From there, the publication says Theroux is "obsessed" with Collins and has been going on "cozy dinner dates" with her since he became single.

A questionable source then tells the outlet the two have been "carrying on for some time" after meeting on the New York art scene. However, a source close to the artist tells Gossip Cop on the condition of anonymity that she and Theroux "are not dating." We're told he's "just a friend" and the two know each other because they "have the same management."

In fact, this isn't the first time Theroux and Collins have been wrongly linked. In March, Gossip Cop busted a tabloid for falsely claiming that Theroux had cheated on Aniston with the 26-year-old artist. The actress was said to be "heartbroken and humiliated" over the supposed betrayal, but reps for both Theroux and Collins told us at the time they've never been romantically involved. This was backed up by an Us Weekly article, which indicated that cheating didn't play a role in Aniston and Theroux's breakup.

A few weeks after that bogus report, Gossip Cop debunked an even more ridiculous story claiming Aniston was worried Theroux was going to have a baby with Collins. The actress's own spokesperson assured us the premise wasn't true. Meanwhile, "Entertainment Tonight" noted at the time that Theroux was "still heartbroken" over his split and not dating the young artist.

The only reason Theroux and Collins have been romantically linked is because the actor tagged her in an Instagram photo a week before his separation from Aniston was announced. The rumors died down in the weeks that followed, at which time the actor was wrongly linked to female celebrities such as Emma Stone, Olivia Munn and Aubrey Plaza, none of whom he's dated. The actor has been busy socializing in the wake of his split, and some of his friends simply happen to be women.

Now that Theroux and Collins have been spotted together again, it's not too surprising that one of the tabloids is refueling the false claim they're a couple. It's also worth noting, the pair were joined by another friend at the pre-Met Gala party, so it's not as if they arrived as a duo. Regardless, a mutual pal of ours and Collins tells us on background that she's not dating the actor.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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