Trevor Donovan is not Paris Jackson's "new man," despite a claim that is both late and wrong. Gossip Cop can bust this rumor for the second time.

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail immediately jumped to the conclusion that Jackson was dating Donovan because paparazzi photographed them holding hands. A source close to Jackson, however, told Gossip Cop they were "just friends." Donovan's rep also shot down the romance claims, revealing the pair are simply "animal lovers and advocates," who were both "working on a 'Be Pawsome, Adopt!' campaign for local L.A. shelters." And Jackson herself dismissed the false relationship assumption by pointing out on Twitter that "hand-holding is a very common thing." She even posted paparazzi photographs of herself holding hands with female friends to prove her point.

But the National Enquirer either missed all of the denials or willfully chose to ignore them for the sake of a salacious and sensational story. In its new issue, published more than week after the dating rumor was shut down, the supermarket tabloid exclaims, "Paris' New Man Is Twice Her Age!" In a rather distasteful comment, the article begins by asserting Jackson is "flashing her daddy issues."

"The 19-year-old wild child has hooked up" with Donovan, contends the gossip magazine, which pointedly notes, "who, at 38, is literally TWICE her age." A so-called "snitch" is quoted as saying, "Trevor makes Paris feel safe. They've fallen in love and it's given Paris a whole new outlook on life." Half of the story, however, is filled out with the opinion of a "mental health professional" who, despite not knowing either star, nonetheless opines that "it's clear [Jackson's] looking for someone who will stand by her in times of difficulty."

That said, this doctor adds to the publication, "She has to be careful of anyone who wants to hook themselves to her wagon." Notably, the outlet doesn't say when Jackson and Donovan got together, or what sparked their supposed relationship. Just a few months ago, the tabloid was claiming Jackson was using the dating app Raya to find lesbian one-night-stands. That allegation isn't mentioned anywhere in this new story about a romance with Donovan, despite the magazine asserting in that previous story that she was "boy-crazy no more!"

In other word, there's little reason to think the National Enquirer has credibility when it comes to Jackson's love life. And whether the publication somehow missed the prior debunkings or purposefully ran a false story just to grab readers' attention, this is problematic. A news outlet, which this resource claims to be, is supposed to do due diligence and publish real news, not fake.

Our Verdict

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


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