Was Rosamund Pike mistaken for Hailey Baldwin by fans in Beverly Hills? That's the story in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop has learned it's complete fiction.
According to Star, two women confused the 40-year-old British actress for Justin Bieber's 22-year-old wife. A so-called "spy" tells the magazine the fans "spotted stunning Rosamund in Beverly Hills and started gushing how gorgeous she is in person - then congratulated the surprised star on her new marriage to Bieber. Rosamund was left grinning from ear to ear."
The unreliable outlet doesn't bother to mention exactly when and where this incident occurred. Was Pike shopping in Beverly Hills when the fans approached her? Was the actress dining? Did she tell the women she wasn't Baldwin or did she go with it? You won't find any of these details in the magazine's article. That's because this case of mistaken identity never happened.
Gossip Cop reached out to Pike's spokesperson, who tells us on the record that the report is fabricated. Despite what the outlet's supposed source claims, a rep qualified to speak on the actress's behalf confirms the incident described in the magazine never occurred. In fact, Pike's rep tells us, "Rosamund isn't even in LA. She lives in London." The article may be more lighthearted than the typical tabloid fare, but it's no more accurate.
This story seems to have been fabricated simply because Pike and Baldwin share a resemblance. In fact, celebrities being mistaken for each other is an ongoing theme in the tabloids. Last month, Star made up a story about Cindy Crawford being mistaken for Caitlyn Jenner at the British Fashion Awards.
Gossip Cop previously busted the National Enquirer for falsely claiming an elderly woman confused Emma Stone for Sharon Stone, despite the two actresses being 30 years apart. Shortly before that, the outlet published a story saying Josh Gad loves when he gets confused for Jonah Hill. Prior to that, Gossip Cop called out the publication for claiming a fan mistook Matthew Perry for MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. These countless stories amount to creative writing, and they shouldn't be mistaken for journalism.
Here's what's really happening. The tabloids take two celebrities who share a passing resemblance and create a story about confused "fans" publicly greeting the wrong star. This scenario sometimes plays out in real life and various celebrities have even joked in interviews about it happening to them. But every example listed above, including this latest one involving Pike and Baldwin, is a work of fiction.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.