HollywoodLife Made Up Selena Gomez Engagement Rumor Just To Make Up More False Stories (EXCLUSIVE)

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Selena Gomez Engagement Ring

By Shari Weiss |

Selena Gomez Engagement Ring

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Selena Gomez is not engaged. The silver band she’s recently been spotted wearing on her left hand is not an engagement ring. No one actually thought Gomez was engaged, but HollywoodLife put the rumor out there anyway, just so the webloid could take credit for correcting it, and then use it to spark more false stories. That is, after all, HollywoodLife’s M.O.

On Wednesday, a HollywoodLife headline blared, “Selena Gomez & Zedd Engaged? — She Wears Mysterious Ring,” and promised “exclusive details.” What was the site’s big exclusive? Gomez’s rep confirmed, to no one’s surprise, that the singer-actress is NOT engaged. But HollywoodLife didn’t truly care whether it was true or not. The webloid just wanted to post the possibility so it could capitalize on it with made-up follow-up stories.

Case in point: Shortly after its original piece, HollywoodLife ran another “exclusive” story, this time writing, “We thought Selena and Zedd might be engaged when she was snapped rocking a ring on THAT special finger, but now has EXCLUSIVELY learned the real reason behind her mysterious jewelry choice.” According to the site, Gomez’s non-engagement ring had “nothing to do with her new boyfriend — and everything do with her old boyfriend Justin Bieber,” with HollywoodLife’s fake sources alleging Gomez was wearing it to get her ex’s attention.

In other words, HollywoodLife went from falsely speculating that Gomez was engaged to Zedd to claiming Gomez herself sparked the speculation just to send a message to Bieber. That’s not journalism. It’s fan-fiction designed to trick readers and exploit Google traffic. As Gossip Cop recently pointed out, HollywoodLife manipulates the system by manufacturing so-called “exclusive” stories about Gomez and Bieber, something search engines sadly reward with little concern as to whether the articles are true or false.

But Gossip Cop puts accuracy first, and we won’t let HollywoodLies, er, HollywoodLife get away with its deceptive practices. Gossip Cop exclusively hears from a REAL source close to Gomez that her ring had nothing to do with Bieber, and our insider was dismayed to see a legitimate comment from Gomez’s rep used by HollywoodLife to spark more false claims. “They are horrible,” says our source. We couldn’t agree more.


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