The cover of the latest edition of Star deceives readers with not one, not two, not three but FOUR misleading headlines. The front of the issue promotes fake news about Tom Cruise, Kendall Jenner, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in order to hook readers. All of the stories are examples of a classic tabloid trick, the bait-and-switch. Allow Gossip Cop to explain.
The main section of the cover, which can be seen above, announces, â€śHarry & Meghanâ€™s Honeymoon Album! All The Romantic Photos!â€ť The text is accompanied by a photo that appears to show Prince Harry and Markle together in a body of water. It is reasonable to assume the snapshot is from the newlywedsâ€™ honeymoon, and that more pictures from their post-wedding trip are inside the magazineâ€™s pages. But thatâ€™s not actually the case. As Gossip Cop revealed a few days ago, the photo of Markle is actually from her 2011 wedding celebrations with first husband Trever Engleson. The photo of Prince Harry is from his 2017 trip to Jamaica, for which Markle wasnâ€™t present. The outlet shamelessly photoshopped the two separate images together to dupe consumers.
Whatâ€™s more is that in the actual article, there are no snapshots from the coupleâ€™s â€śhoneymoon.â€ť Rather, the story features generic photos of Botswana, Namibia and Barbados, along with a 2016 picture of Prince Harry on the island of Nevis. The publication baited readers with the promise of photos from his honeymoon with Markle, but the piece switches focus to be about the vacation they may take, and does not include a real â€śhoneymoon album.â€ť
All that is bad enough. But the three other stories teased on the front of the tabloid are also bait-and-switches. As seen above, the teaser on the top of the column on the left side declares, â€śHow Reba Saved Kelly!â€ť So, did Reba McEntire rescue Kelly Clarkson from a life-and-death situation? Was the â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť winner and coach of â€śThe Voiceâ€ť in desperate need of help, leading her former mother-in-law to step in? Not exactly. The article inside the issue is about Clarksonâ€™s slimmed down appearance, and contends that McEntire helped her achieve the â€śhot new look.â€ť Of course, the misleading line on the cover implies something much more serious took place. And it should be noted that opposed to crediting McEntire for her dieting â€śtips,â€ť as alleged in the story, Clarkson recently joked that her weight loss is due to Harry Potter magic and Spanx.
Beneath the Clarkson teaser, another cover line exclaims, â€śTom Cruise Adoption Shocker!â€ť Cruise already has two adopted children, but is he adopting again? Thatâ€™s a rational interpretation of that headline. Or perhaps thereâ€™s some revelation about Cruise himself being adopted? As it turns out, the story inside the issue is about Cruiseâ€™s adopted daughter Bella, who supposedly has her â€śheart set on adopting a baby.â€ť Thereâ€™s certainly nothing shocking about that. In fact, Gossip Cop called out In Touch more than two weeks ago for falsely claiming Bellaâ€™s mom, Nicole Kidman, was helping her adopt a child. Now Star has taken that basic premise of Bella adopting and put its own spin on it by peddling a piece on Cruiseâ€™s purported happy reaction. But thatâ€™s not what the phrasing on the cover leads readers to believe.
The last tease on the front of this edition blares, â€śKendall Jenner Drug Bust Horror!â€ť Was the model caught with illegal substances? Did something horrific happen? Thatâ€™s what the wording suggests. But the actual story reveals Jenner isnâ€™t involved in any wrongdoing whatsoever. Instead, the article is about Jordan Barrett, who is wrongly called her â€śboyfriend,â€ť and his parentsâ€™ 2012 arrest for drug trafficking. To be clear, the cover line makes it seem like Jenner herself was busted with drugs, while the report is really about Barrettâ€™s parents, with whom she has nothing to do, being prosecuted. Jenner and Barrett, a fellow model, were seen hanging out in Cannes nearly a month ago. That hardly warrants this spurious tale.
In each of these cases, Star baited readers with a provocative line on its cover. But after one shells out $5.99 to purchase a copy, it becomes apparent the premise of each story inside the issue is switched a bit to something significantly more benign. Additionally, the supposed Prince Harry â€“ Markle â€śworld exclusiveâ€ť is anything but, Clarkson wasnâ€™t â€śsavedâ€ť by McEntire, Cruise isnâ€™t in an â€śadoption shocker,â€ť and Jenner is not involved in a â€śdrug bust horror.â€ť The tabloid is selling fake news.