The stars of the hit NBC show "This Is Us," including Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown and Justin Hartley, have all been the subject of phony tabloids stories. Gossip Cop has debunked several false claims about the cast of the series. Here are a few wrong rumors.
In August, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline for falsely claiming that Metz had stepped in to end a supposed feud between Moore and Ventimiglia. The unreliable blog claimed that actor was "melancholy and not cheerful" on set, which led to problems between him and his on-screen wife. The story was provably untrue. In fact, Moore frequently gushes about her TV husband on social media. Last year, Moore wished Ventimiglia a happy birthday on Instagram, writing, "We are all so lucky to know you and be in your orbit, Milo. Can't wait to get back on set and celebrate with you next week!!" Moore celebrated her co-star's birthday on Instagram yet again this year, saying, "As remarkable as Jack Pearson is, this guy is even better... Our job is so much fun because we get to do it together."
In March, Gossip Cop called out OK! for falsely claiming that Jessica Simpson was jealous of the success Moore was having with "This Is Us." Both women started out as pop stars in the early 2000's, and according to the tabloid, Simpson was resentful about Moore's acting career taking off. The outlet also contended that the two stars have been rivals ever since they both rose to fame all those years ago. Not only did sources close to both Moore and Simpson assure us they've never been in a feud, but the magazine's premise didn't make much sense. Simpson briefly flirted with acting in the mid-2000s, but she's since launched a major fashion line that brings in more than $1 billion in annual revenue. The singer-turned-businesswoman isn't interested in acting these days, and has found major success in another field.
Gossip Cop busted Star last year for wrongly reporting that Brown and Hartley, who play brothers on the series, were feuding behind the scenes. The main point of contention, according to the tabloid, was that Hartley was bitter about his co-star winning an Emmy instead of him. Shortly after the story emerged, a source close to Brown told us in no uncertain terms that it was "not true." And earlier this year, Hartley revealed in an interview with Esquire that his scenes opposite Brown are his "favorite to play."
And last year, Gossip Cop debunked an OK! story about the producers of "This Is Us" supposedly forcing Moore and Ventimiglia to "act like a real-life couple" during promotional appearances together. The magazine said that NBC wanted fans of the show to believe that the co-stars were actually in love. The premise lacked logic, considering that both co-stars have significant others. Moore got engaged to musician Taylor Goldsmith last year after two years of dating, while Ventimiglia is in a relationship with Kelly Egarian, a marketing coordinator. Fans of the show likely know the difference between television and real life. Regardless, sources close to both stars laughed off the bogus story.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.