Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry were not "making out" at a Los Angeles restaurant on Saturday, despite a claim spreading online. While it's true the longtime friends dined together, the kissing report is 100 percent false. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust it. A rep for Perry tells us there was absolutely no smooching and the pair remain strictly friends.
The untrue kissing rumor began with Wonderwall, which is claiming to have a "witness" who saw Pattinson and Perry "locking lips during a group dinner at Taix French Restaurant." The supposedly "shocked onlooker" is quoted as saying, "They were making out." This alleged tipster further declares that actor and singer "totally" seemed like "a couple."
Unsurprisingly, HollywoodLife quickly picked up the claims, blaring in a headline, "Robert Pattinson & Katy Perry Caught Making Out At LA Cafe: They're 'Totally A Couple.'" Despite having no confirmation or independent corroboration, the blog gushed like school children, "OMG! Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson were reportedly spotted making out at a restaurant in Los Angeles! Are they a couple?!" The outlet, of course, doesn't know whether the pals are dating, so it just asks readers at the end, "Are you excited about Katy and Rob possibly being a couple?"
But Perry and Pattinson actually had a friendly dinner, one in which they weren't even seated near each other. Pictures that have surfaced on Twitter show the stars on opposite sides of the table. Even when they apparently changed spots, they still weren't sitting next each other, making a makeout session physically impossible. It's also strange that this alleged "witness" is claiming to have seen the pair kissing, yet didn't notice that another celebrity, Garrett Hedlund, was among those in attendance. Gossip Cop also spoke with the manager of the restaurant, who insisted no one saw any PDA. Nor is there a single shot of them kissing, despite all the photographic material that's circulating.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an innocent dinner has been twisted to claim a romantic relationship. In August, TMZ suggested Pattinson and Perry were dating simply because they ate together at the Sunset Tower Hotel. That sighting kicked off a slew of untrue reports about the stars "heating up." One story even ridiculously claimed that Perry, who has always maintained she and Pattinson are friends and nothing more, was using him to break into acting. In the months since, Perry has continued an on-and-off relationship with Orlando Bloom, last meeting up earlier this month in the Maldives. For his part, Pattinson was most recently seen at a Dior event in Paris and the Sundance Film Festival.
Gossip Cop has spent years tracking speculation about Pattinson and Perry being more than friends. To date, all such claims have been erroneous. Should something change, however, Gossip Cop will happily update. But as of now, we're assured by Perry's spokesman that stories linking them romantically, including this latest one, are "false."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.