Reese Witherspoon is not "playing matchmaker" for Jennifer Garner, despite a new tabloid report. Gossip Cop can not only correct this claim, but also give insight into the making of this fake news story.

Life & Style alleges in a new article that if "Witherspoon has her way," her close friend Garner "won't be single for long." An individual the magazine refers to as an "insider" is quoted as telling the tabloid, "Reese loves to play matchmaker, and she's on the hunt to find Jen a new man." The supposed source adds, "She's already planning to host dinner parties for Jen just so she can meet potential suitors."

After noting how Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth, the alleged "insider" says, "Reese advised Jen to go for a guy who works behind the scenes rather than another big star whose ego could get in the way of their relationship." The publication then name-drops Kate Hudson and Jessica Biel as others who are "rallying around Jen now." "After a rough few months," contends the outlet's questionable source, "Jen is finally seeing that there is life after Ben [Affleck]," from whom she recently filed divorce.

Allow Gossip Cop to explain the background of this speculative and inaccurate tabloid article. First, Garner and Affleck put in their divorce papers on April 13. Then, three days later, Witherspoon and a number of Garner's other gals pals went out in Malibu to celebrate the newly single star's 45th birthday, which was the next day. On Garner's actual birthday, Witherspoon posted a throwback photo of the two of them, along with a sweet message that read, "Happy Birthday to my gorgeous friend #JenniferGarner who always laughs at my jokes and my bad dance moves! Love you!"

So once it was established that Garner is getting divorced, and that she and Witherspoon are super tight, the tabloid spun its story about the "Big Little Lies" star is going to find her friend a new man. As the magazine noted, "Reese loves to play matchmaker." Glaringly omitted, of course, are the people for whom the actress loved playing matchmaker in the past. Additionally, throwing in a bogus detail like Witherspoon purportedly planning to "host dinner parties" for Garner and her "suitors" doesn't make the article any more accurate.

And while it's true the two women are dear friends, Witherspoon is not going into the matchmaking business for Garner. A mutual friend of ours and Witherspoon's tells Gossip Cop the publication's story is wrong. A rep for Witherspoon could not be reached for comment.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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