A story about whether Brad Pitt is upset over Angelina Jolieâ€™s supposed adoption plans was made-up. Gossip Cop can bust it. We can also explain the origins of the unsubstantiated adoption rumor.
In this weekâ€™s OK!, the tabloid alleges without evidence that Jolie is planning to adopt a Syrian refugee. Despite there being no proof the claim is true, HollywoodLife quickly picked it up and regurgitated the contention online. The site did no fact-checking to find out whether the report was accurate. And now the blog is claiming â€śa source close to Brad told HL exclusively about his reaction to the latest adoption rumors.â€ť
â€śAngie always talked with Brad about expanding their family even more so Brad would not be surprised or upset if Angelina continued to adopt children,â€ť this untraceable â€śsourceâ€ť is quoted as saying, bizarrely calling Jolie â€śAngieâ€ť and â€śAngelinaâ€ť in the same sentence. The alleged tipster goes on to contend, â€śBut Brad has no interest in competing with his ex in an adoption war or trying to keep up with her in that weird way.â€ť The website sums up Pittâ€™s stance like this: â€śWhen it comes to reports that Angelina may be looking to adopt again, Brad is neither shocked, nor does he even care.â€ť
If he doesnâ€™t care, why would a â€śsource closeâ€ť to him bother discussing it with a gossip outlet at all? This is a classic example of the online publication trying to capitalize on a tabloid rumor by offering up a related story, one that doesnâ€™t actually make sense. Perhaps instead of pretending to know how Pitt feels about Jolieâ€™s purported plans, the site couldâ€™ve spent its time investigating whether the original allegation is even true.
This certainly isnâ€™t the first time the blog has spread questionable information from the gossip media as it relates to the former couple adopting. Following Jolie and Pittâ€™s split in 2016, the website claimed they had been planning to adopt a seventh child to save their marriage. The source for that tale was a tabloid article that Gossip Cop had already debunked with the help of Pittâ€™s rep, who confirmed on the record that the claim was untrue. But the website, desperate to capitalize on all the interest in the Brangelina divorce, brought the wrong rumor back nearly two months after it had been corrected.
Since then, the outletâ€™s track record hasnâ€™t improved at all. In 2017, for example, the publication proved it didnâ€™t have access to Pittâ€™s camp when it flip-flopped on claims he was dating Ella Purnell. That, too, was the result of the site blindly copying a tabloid. And even just one day ago, Gossip Cop called out the blog using a clearly fake â€śsourceâ€ť for a story on Pittâ€™s supposed reaction to Jennifer Anistonâ€™s InStyle interview. As long as the website keeps transparently manufacturing stories, Gossip Cop will keep holding it accountable.
Shuster, Andrew. â€śBrad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Did NOT Almost Adopt Seventh Child To Save Marriage, Despite Report.â€ť Gossip Cop, 20 Sept. 2016.
Shuster, Andrew. â€śBrad Pitt And Angelina Jolie NOT Adopting African Child, Despite Report.â€ť Gossip Cop, 28 July 2016.
Cynthia Pett-Dante, Manager for Brad Pitt. 28 July 2016.
Lewittes, Michael. â€śHollywoodLife Flip-Flops On Brad Pitt Dating Ella Purnell.â€ť Gossip Cop, 22 Oct. 2017.
Weiss, Shari. â€śBrad Pitt’s Reaction To Jennifer Aniston InStyle Shoot Is Made-Up.â€ť Gossip Cop, 2 Aug. 2018.