Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are not buying an $8 million condo in the Hamptons, despite reports. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct the claim. Though the couple was recently seen at a luxurious property on Long Island’s East End, the visit had nothing to do with an impending purchase together.
According to the New York Post, Johansson and Jost are “house hunting in the Hamptons.” It’s specifically alleged they “toured a five-bedroom condo at Gurney’s in Montauk,” which also doubles as a high-end resort. The paper details the condo’s design, and asserts that it’s “the most expensive of the eight residences left for sale, which start at $2.4 million.”
Johansson is even quoted as joking, “We’ll take it.” But it seems the outlet was misled. Johansson and Jost were at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, not the Gurney’s Residences. Gossip Cop has learned they visited the hotel for some R&R last month, and received one of the massages offered at the spa.
“They never looked at a condo,” Johansson’s spokesperson exclusively tells Gossip Cop on the record, confirming, “They went there to get a massage.” The rep stresses there is “no truth at all” to the claims they “toured” a residence and are “considering” buying the apartment. The “house hunting” contention is simply “not true at all,” adds the spokesperson. Jost is a fan of the Hamptons, and he and Johansson were seen getting cozy in Montauk more than a year ago. Johansson also bought her own place in the Hamptons area back in 2013. But they haven’t now set their sights on a Gurney’s condo. Gossip Cop also reached out to the property’s realtor for comment, as well as Jost’s rep. We’re now similarly told on background from his side that the condo claim is “not true.”
Unfortunately, a number of online publications picked up the allegations without fact-checking them first. “Scarlett Johansson and “SNL” comedian boyfriend Colin Jost eye up a jaw-dropping $7.95 million palatial apartment in the Hamptons,” announces the Daily Mail on its website. Wonderwall is declaring, “Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost considering buying $8M condo.” But repeating claims doesn’t make them accurate. And not one place that spread the rumor, from The Observer to Architectural Digest, mentioned reaching out to either star’s camp for confirmation.
This certainly isn’t the first time misinformation about the actress and the “SNL” performer has gone viral. In March, the Daily Mail fueled inaccurate speculation about Johansson and Jost being engaged. The paper based its claims on paparazzi pictures of The Avengers star wearing a “diamond ring that looked like an engagement ring,” even though it was on her right hand. At the time, Gossip Cop was told on the condition of anonymity by a source close to Jost that there had not been talk of an engagement. And since then, though still together, he and Johansson have not announced any plans to wed.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.