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The cover of one of this week's tabloids suggests that Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe had a "secret romance" at one point in their lives, but the longtime friends have never been a couple. It's just a bait-and-switch designed to dupe readers and sell magazines. Gossip Cop can clear up the situation.

The cover of the latest issue of Woman's Day reads, "Our Secret Romance: Russell Finally Tells All... 32 Years Later." The headline of the accompanying story says, "Rusty Confesses: 'Yes, I'm In Love With Nicole.'" The actual article, however, makes no mention of the two ever being an item, but simply details their decades-long friendship.

Kidman and Crowe play a married couple in the upcoming movie Boy Erased, and the actor has gushed about his co-star while promoting the film. As part of an interview for Kidman's October 2018 Marie Claire cover story, the actor joked, "I waited a long time to be married to Nicole." The Aussie stars met more than 30 years ago while traveling in the same social circles and have remained close friends ever since.

After misleading readers with a phony headline about the pair's so-called "romance," the outlet notes that Kidman shares two daughters with husband Keith Urban. A supposed source is then quoted as saying that Crowe "would never disrespect another guy's wife by acting inappropriately towards her, and their friendship is more important to him than anything." Where is all this coming from exactly? Only the magazine is suggesting that the actor would pursue his married co-star. It's not a discussion anyone else is having.

The tabloid then ends its piece by saying that Kidman and Crowe have "a beautiful friendship, and they're both so grateful for each other." This is true, but what happened to their "secret romance" teased on the cover? And when did Crowe say "Yes, I'm in love with Nicole"? The sensational cover of this week's Woman's Day simply doesn't represent the article within the magazine.

Meanwhile, this isn't the first time the Boy Erased co-stars have been the subject of a bogus tabloid report. Last year, Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer for falsely claiming that Crowe was pursuing Kidman on the set of their movie because he heard she was having marriage problems. Obviously, not a single aspect of that story was remotely true.

Unfortunately, Gossip Cop suspects more tabloids will attempt to romantically link Kidman and Crowe as they continue promoting their new film. The Australian stars have shared a close friendship for more than three decades, but they've never had a love affair and certainly aren't having one now.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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