Stevie Wonder is still blind. A report claims he “can see again” after a miraculous surgery, but it’s just not true. Gossip Cop can correct this seemingly fabricated tabloid cover story.
The National Enquirer is falsely announcing, “Miracle After 67 Years Of Blindness… Stevie Wonder Can See Again!” The supermarket tabloid claims there’s “evidence the once-sightless superstar, blind since shortly after birth, has undergone a secret, high-tech procedure that has given him some vision.” A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Stevie said he was going to have doctors implant computer chips on his retinas that hadn’t been totally destroyed. The procedure is an amazing marvel of medical science, even though it sounds like science fiction.”
Oh, this article is fiction, all right. The gossip magazine even misleadingly uses Wonder’s own quotes against him. In a light-hearted exchange with a paparazzo back in February, he joked about his eyesight, “This year, I will reveal the truth.” Roughly nine months later, the outlet is now presenting that statement as both a legitimate promise and a hint that he had his vision restored. Also included is a comment the singer reportedly made back in 1999 about an “operation were the unsighted can become sighted with the help of some sort of a chip.” The dubious publication further brings up Wonder sitting courtside at sporting events and references various conspiracy theories about his eyesight.
But none of this actually amounts to “evidence.” And if there were any merit to the assertion Wonder can “see again,” reputable publications would have confirmed it. It would’ve been international news. Yet no trustworthy news resource has validated this claim. On the contrary, a rep for Wonder denied it. In addition, the tabloid’s report is suspiciously lacking important details. When did Wonder undergo the surgery? How much of his vision returned? Will he have any limitations going forward? How did he and his family celebrate this life-changing milestone?
The magazine’s apparent inability to provide such key information is another indication that this is a manufactured cover story designed to grab consumers’ attention on newsstands, as opposed to a thoroughly-reported, well-documented scoop. The National Enquirer actually has a history of concocting bogus health-related cover stories about celebrities, usually blaring that so-and-so is about to die. In fact, Gossip Cop has exposed a number of these morbid lies about Angelina Jolie, Cher, Michael Douglas and more. Frankly, it’s sad that the outlet is so desperate to profit through sensational, made-up covers that it is not above peddling untrue reports about people’s health, just like this one.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.