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Is Teresa Giudice in a "new romance"? That's what a certain tabloid wants readers to believe. But this is actually an old rumor that's already been debunked. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust the latest false report and explain what's going on.

Throughout most of last year, former friend Kim DePaola has been insisting to gossip outlets that Giudice is cheating on her imprisoned husband, Joe. In some instances, DePaola didn't name the alleged lover, and in other cases she pointed the finger at real estate consultant Shane Wierks. But the "Real Housewives Of New Jersey" star has repeatedly denied having an affair, and the cheating controversy was a big storyline for Giudice on "RHONJ."

Now an article in the current issue of Life & Style asserts, "Despite Teresa's denials... a source suspects" she and Wierks are "indeed dating." This so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Teresa publicly claims she and Shane are just friendly, but no one close to her believes her. She's been talking about finding a man, and now it seems she's found one." The magazine acknowledges that Wierks is a family friend whom Giudice knows through her brother and sister-in-law Joe and Melissa Gorga, but doesn't buy that their connection is strictly platonic.

The publication's alleged tipster even dramatically claims that when Joe "hears about Shane, he's going to freak out." It's OK!, however, that is currently freaking out. The tabloid is blaring on its website, "HOUSEWIVES SHOCKER: Teresa Giudice Denies New Romance But 'No One Close To Her Believes Her.'" The outlet picked up the claims and didn't bother to fact-check them. Instead, it asks readers, "Do you think Teresa could be hiding a romance with Shane?"

As opposed to the magazine's unnamed and untraceable "source," Gossip Cop will let Giudice's lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr., answer that question. He tells us exclusively, "This story was disproven more than a year ago. This is a shameless attempt to ignore the truth in an effort to sell magazines." And to get website clicks. Both tabloids, of course, have a rotten history when it comes to accurately reporting on the reality star.

Perhaps most significantly, in February of 2016, Life & Style claimed Giudice was trying to get pregnant with a fifth child before Joe had to start his prison term. Just one month later, the gossip magazine alleged she was expecting a "miracle baby." Gossip Cop was assured that Giudice wasn't actually with child, and time has proven we were right. Two years later, Giudice still hasn't had another baby. Don't expect her to be in a full-on romance with Wierks anytime soon, either.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.

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