5 Wrong Rumors About Matt Damon

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Matt Damon Rumors

By Andrew Shuster |

Matt Damon Rumors

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Matt Damon’s personal and professional life is often the subject of bogus tabloid stories. Gossip Cop frequently debunks false claims about the actor. Here are five recent wrong rumors.

Last month, Gossip Cop busted a Life & Style story claiming that Damon was feuding with Christian Bale on the set of their upcoming movie Ford v. Ferrari. The magazine alleged that Damon kept poking fun at his co-star, who wasn’t amused by the actor’s “on-set antics.” The story was based on claims from an anonymous “source,” but a spokesperson who represents both stars assured us the two are pals. This seemed evident by the fact that Damon has praised Bale in the past, and the two have socialized together at several Hollywood events over the years.

Gossip Cop called out RadarOnline in August for falsely claiming that Damon had “dumped” Ben Affleck as a friend following the actor’s latest stint in rehab. However, Damon and Affleck are teaming up for a movie about an ex-cop who stole millions from the McDonald’s Monopoly game, and they run a production company together. It’s clear they’re still very close. Shortly after we corrected the phony story, People magazine similarly reported that Damon “has and will always be there for Ben” amid his struggle with addiction.

In March, Gossip Cop corrected the New York Post for inaccurately reporting that Damon was moving his family to Australia because he was “fed up” with President Donald Trump. It was said the actor had purchased a home in Byron Bay, where his friend Chris Hemsworth lives. Immediately after the article was published, a rep for Damon exclusively told us, “Matt has visited Australia several times recently, but he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there.” Several other outlets, including Snopes, also confirmed that Damon wasn’t moving to Australia.

Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer last December for falsely claiming that Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso were having a “secret marriage crisis.” The story was concocted based on paparazzi photos of the spouses leaving a therapist’s office. But we checked in with a source close to the actor, who explained that he spoke to a therapist because his dad was battling cancer. Damon’s father passed away just days after the story was published. The actor’s wife had accompanied him to therapy for emotional support, and the two weren’t there to discuss nonexistent marriage problems. The happy souses are still together nearly one year later.

And finally, Gossip Cop called out HollywoodLife last year for making up a story about Damon getting Affleck and Jennifer Garner back together. The main problem with the article? The ex-spouses never reunited. This was already evident at the time the ridiculous story first emerged, but it became even more clear last week when Affleck and Garner finalized their divorce.


Eames, Tom. "Matt Damon: 'Christian Bale was right for The Fighter.'" Digital Spy. 6 Jul. 2011.

Fleming Jr., Mike. "Fox, Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Win Hot Package On Multi-Million Dollar Theft Of McDonald’s Monopoly Game." Deadline. 2 Aug. 2018.

Leonard, Elizabeth and Warner, Kara and Fernandez, Alexia. "Matt Damon 'Will Always Be There' for Ben Affleck as He Struggles with Addiction: Source." People. 29 Aug. 2018.

“Is Matt Damon Moving to Australia to Escape the Trump Administration?” Snopes. 15 Mar. 2018.

Roberts, Embry. “Matt Damon's father, Kent, dies at 74.” Today. 23 Dec. 2017.

Russian, Ale. "Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Finalize Divorce Three Years After Separation." People. 5 Oct. 2018.