Selena Gomez is not the opening act for The Weeknd‘s upcoming tour. That’s pretty straightforward information. But HollywoodLife would rather play games in the name of clickbait.
On Monday, The Weeknd revealed via Instagram that he will be joined on the road by Rae Sremmurd, Belly, and 6Lack. Alongside a poster showing off the concert dates, he wrote in the caption, “NORTH AMERICA : @raesremmurd @belly @6lack.” Nothing was said about Gomez because, well, it has nothing to do with her.
But hours later, on Tuesday morning, HollywoodLife decided to frame it this way: “The Weeknd Announces Opening Acts For Fall Tour — Is Selena Gomez Joining Him?” The answer, of course, is “no,” but rather than tell readers that from the get-go, the webloid makes it seem like a genuine possibility. In fact, the entire first paragraph is misleading.
It says, “The Weeknd has some very special guests joining him on the fall leg of his ‘Legend of the Fall’ tour, and you’re in for a real treat! The sultry singer just dropped the epic news on Feb. 20, and fans are going nuts over who he’s bringing with him! Could one of the guests be his girl, Selena Gomez? You have to check this out…”
It’s only after clicking onto the story and scrolling down to the second paragraph that HollywoodLies admits, “Sadly, his girl, Selena Gomez, 24, will not be joining him as a performer on the his world tour.” So, why did the site make it seem like Gomez might actually be one of the “guests” on tour? For clicks, of course.
The bad blog could’ve done a straight news story about The Weeknd announcing his opening acts. And, if it just HAD to be tied to Gomez in some way, the bogus outlet also could’ve just flat-out said from that start that she isn’t part of the tour. Instead, HollywoodLies crafted its story in such a way that consumers would be tricked into reading about an imaginary tour collaboration.
It’s bad enough when the webloid manufactures stories out of thin air for traffic. But there is also no need to take a factual announcement and twist it into something sensational. To package what is ultimately accurate information in such a dishonest way is shameful and borders on fake news, like HollywoodLies’ fabricated tale falsely claiming Gomez and The Weeknd might pose for Vogue together.
But the best/worst part of this whole thing might be the ending, which says, “HollywoodLifers, how excited are you for George and Amal? Tell us below!” Reminder: This was a story about Selena Gomez and The Weeknd. Sigh.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is accurate to the best of our ability.