Robert Pattinson laughs off baby and marriage rumors in a new video for Wired. As fans and Gossip Cop readers know, the tabloids have spent years falsely claiming the actor is having a child, and have also fabricated dozens of nonexistent weddings. His reaction to both topics in this interview show how bogus such stories are, but also expose a larger issue.
Pattinson and his Damsel co-star Mia Wasikowska filmed a video for Wired in which they answer the âwebâs most searched questionsâ about each of them. The magazineâs recurring online segment is inspired by the auto-complete feature on search engines. When a user types in a personâs name, the search engines suggest queries based on commonly searched questions. A number of celebrities have participated in the tech-focused outletâs project, including Amy Schumer, Nick Jonas, the cast of âStranger Things,â and more notable names.
Early on during Pattinson and Wasikowskaâs turns in the hot seat, itâs revealed one of the âburning questionsâ that shows up for the Twilight star is, âDid Robert Pattinson have a baby?â Pattinson feigns shock at the possibility he has a secret child that he doesnât know about, and his colleague amusingly points out, âI donât think you can have a baby,â leading him to crack up. Then towards the end of the clip, another âmost searched questionâ is revealed to be, âWho is Robert Pattinson[âs] wife?â Again he makes a comical facial expression before confirming, âDonât have one.â
But according to the gossip media, Pattinson should have several kids and multiple wives by now. Throughout his on-and-off relationship with Kristen Stewart, OK! repeatedly claimed they were having a child together, even publishing a cover in 2010 that falsely exclaimed, âRob & Kristen: Yes, Weâre Going To Have A Baby!â Two years later, that same tabloid peddled a new cover story that wrongly announced a âbig wedding.â Notably, in that report, the magazine said a baby could come âfirst,â but never explained what happened to the purported baby from two years prior.
Meanwhile, in early 2017 confusion was sparked after GQ published a story that referred to FKA Twigs as Pattinsonâs ânew wife.â The description led fans to speculate that the then-engaged couple had secretly tied the knot. But when Gossip Cop investigated, we learned that the writer of the article had simply made a mistake. The piece was later updated to refer to the performer as Pattinsonâs âlady,â with the wife âdesignationâ removed. Of course, he and Twigs never ended up tying the knot, just like he and Stewart didnât.
More recently, Life & Style alleged just four months ago that Pattinson and Katy Perry might be getting married. The publication even quoted a so-called âsourceâ as saying, âRobâs parents approve of Katy and want him to settle down.â As Gossip Cop pointed out, however, the longtime friends werenât even dating, let alone contemplating a trip down the aisle. And in the time since that tall tale came out, Perry has shown sheâs in a committed relationship with Orlando Bloom.
If any of these stories were accurate, Pattinson would currently be a polygamist with a growing family. As his Wired interview showed, though, he did not have a baby and he doesnât have a wife, let alone multiple of each. But the video, while lighthearted, also exemplifies the problem with the proliferation of fake news. These two topics are among the most searched Pattinson queries because of how often such false claims are made and far they spread. Fans end up turning to search engines in hopes of finding out the truth. Itâs critical then that facts are prioritized over fiction.