Last week, Gossip Cop looked at wrong rumors about Taylor Swift getting married. Now we're examining another one of the tabloids' favorite topics: Pregnancies! Below, see five wrong rumors about the superstar having a baby.
In 2012, the National Enquirer announced a "baby bombshell" for Swift and then-boyfriend Conor Kennedy. The supermarket tabloid claimed the singer wanted to "have his child as quickly as possible," even though he was still in high school. "Taylor badly wants to marry Conor and have a Kennedy baby," a so-called "insider" was quoted as saying, while a similarly untraceable source asserted, "She can't wait to cradle that baby — it would be her passport into Kennedy history." Gossip Cop, however, was told there was no talk between Swift and Kennedy about having a baby together, as they were still just getting to know one another. And just two months later, Kennedy and Swift split.
Swift's next notable relationship came a few years later, leading OK! to do a cover story in 2015 about the songstress and Calvin Harris having a "wedding & a baby." The magazine insisted that not only were the stars planning to wed, but that they then wanted to have a child immediately after. "Calvin's ready, and he'd like to have at least three children," an anonymous "insider" claimed. The front of the issue even featured a fake quote declaring, "We're hoping for a boy!" But Gossip Cop was assured the couple didn't plan on rushing into marriage or parenthood. A few days after our bust, Swift herself shut down the rumors.
2016 was a particularly fertile year for the gossip media. That March, Famous wanted readers to believe Swift was "nine weeks pregnant" with Harris' baby. The outlet claimed that when she stepped out in Los Angeles, she "had an amazing surprise for onlookers, a visible baby bump." And though Swift supposedly had a "definite bump," an unnamed source maintained, "She and Calvin want to wait 'til it's safe to announce it." Still, this same purported tipster added that Swift wouldn't be able to "hide it for much longer." Well, apparently she wasn't hiding anything if she had a "visible baby bump" when she went out in public. Of course, as Gossip Cop rightly said at the time, this bump was really nonexistent, as was the pregnancy. In fact, when Swift stepped out on the red carpet for the Grammys just weeks before this phony report, she bared her perfectly slim midriff, not a blossoming baby belly.
By July, the narrative changed to Swift having a baby with Tom Hiddleston, but that November, Harris was back in the mix. In another OK! cover story, the publication claimed Swift was pregnant, but asked on the front of the issue, "Who's the dad?" In the article, it was alleged, "Her friends aren't even sure who the father would be, though their money's on Calvin Harris." A questionable snitch theorized, "The timing fits for a late-summer reunion with him, which could have prompted her to dump Tom." Hiddleston, meanwhile, was branded a "dark-horse candidate to be her baby daddy." In actuality, neither beau had impregnated her. Gossip Cop exclusively confirmed she wasn't pregnant, and Swift later mocked the tabloid with her own parody magazine cover.
The most recent pregnancy rumor came in December of 2017, when In Touch asserted fans were "buzzing" that Swift was "looking confident, glowy and fuller than her usual pin-thin self." The outlet pointed to fan speculation about her possibly expecting, copied an NW claim about the singer being "four months along," and had a nutritionist guess that she had "gained 30 pounds." At the end of the article, however, the publication reversed course, with an unidentifiable "insider" stating, "She's just a little heavier than usual. I don't think she's pregnant." She wasn't. And, as Gossip Cop pointed out, with Swift's "Reputation Stadium Tour" running from May 2018 through the following November, she wouldn't have been able to commit to such a concert series if she was actually pregnant or had just given birth.
Just like with the Swift wedding rumors, the tabloids often try to make her life progress faster than it actually is. Marriages and pregnancies, along with breakups and meltdowns, are staples for the gossip magazines. But as these examples show, rarely do the stories actually match reality.
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