Katy Perry is not "dating" Robert Pattinson, despite a reheated yet still wrong rumor. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim. We're told by insiders connected to both stars that they're just very good friends.

The false report was published Sunday morning by TMZ. In its misguided story, the webloid speculates whether there's a "hook up" happening between Pattinson and Perry. Alongside of photo of the two simply having dinner, the outlet maintains that Pattinson and Perry "got super cozy" at the Sunset Tower Hotel's restaurant on Saturday night and notes, "The joint is very romantic." The website then alleges, "There have been rumors the two started dating after Katy split from Orlando Bloom."

It appears TMZ has been looking to the often discredited National Enquirer for some of its material. Just three weeks ago, Gossip Cop busted a report from that tabloid that falsely maintained Pattinson was flirting with Perry behind FKA Twig's back. Since then, Pattinson reaffirmed on the "Howard Stern Show" that he's still engaged to FKA Twigs.

Rumors linking the Pattinson and Perry are now nearly a decade old. Back in 2009, for instance, we busted RadarOnline when it falsely claimed the two were getting "up close and personal" at a mutual friend's birthday party at Dimples in Burbank, California. Of course, the Twilight actor was dating Kristen Stewart at the time and Perry went on to marry Russell Brand afterwards.

Then in 2012, for example, In Touch ran an erroneous piece that while Pattinson was with Stewart one night at the Chateau Marmont, when the Twilight actress went to the bathroom Perry "made a beeline to flirt" with Pattinson. That also was untrue. Also, half a decade ago, the often inaccurate HollywoodLife speculated Pattinson and Perry were "dating" simply because they similarly had dinner together, that time at the Soho House in Los Angeles. Us Weekly took that same innocent meal between friends to wrongly allege Perry was looking to "land" Pattinson.

In 2013, Star published a fabricated article that contended Perry told Pattinson's then-girlfriend Stewart that "she would be happy to take care of him if they ever split." And there have been numerous other inaccurate stories over the years linking the two pals, including a 2014 OK! report that claimed Perry's friends were "worried she might slip up and get pregnant" with Pattinson's baby. Of course, that too was a total lie.

Despite the many untrue reports over the years alleging they're flirting, hooking up or dating, the reality is Pattinson and the singer have just been longtime friends. Perry, for her part, tried to end the unsubstantiated rumors a few years back, telling Elle UK, "Okay, so here's the proof there was never anything going on with me and Robert Pattinson. I fart in front of him. Properly fart. And I never, ever fart in front of a man I am dating. That's a rule."

Pardon the pun, but it's time for Gossip Cop to finally clear the air. Pattinson and Perry are super close friends. They occasionally have dinner together, and are even joined sometimes by his fiancee FKA Twigs. And TMZ's supposed smoking gun that it was anything more than a friendly meal because the Sunset Tower Hotel's restaurant is "very romantic" is also absurd since that's among the handful of restaurants in L.A. that Gossip Cop goes to for business dinners.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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