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Debunking the week's tabloid stories

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Tom Cruise wants to reunite with Suri Tom Cruise poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' in London on Oct. 20, 2016. © Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Tom Cruise poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' in London on Oct. 20, 2016.

Tom Cruise wants to reunite with his 11-year-old daughter Suri after being estranged for more than three years, reveals In Touch. The publication reports when Cruise was recently promoting his reboot of The Mummy in Sydney, Australia, a reporter asked whether Suri might also go into acting, to which he replied, “You never know.” 

A source tells the magazine that the journalist’s question “triggered something in Tom and made him want to reconnect with Suri.” The outlet’s insider also leaks that Cruise is on the hunt for his fourth wife, and “wants Suri back” once he gets married, so he can have a family again.

Gossip Cop investigated the tabloid’s story, and it’s 100 percent inaccurate. A source close to the situation tells us that a father-daughter reunion hasn't even been broached, and the magazine’s account of events is completely false.

In fact, Gossip Cop previously called out In Touch for wrongly reporting that Cruise wanted to revive his relationship with Suri following the death of his mother earlier this year. Much like that article, the latest one claiming Cruise is looking to reconnect with Suri is equally untrue.

Brad Pitt is having a 'breakdown' Brad Pitt poses for photographs, prior to starting the 84th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. © AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu Brad Pitt poses for photographs, prior to starting the 84th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Brad Pitt is having a “breakdown,” and is on the verge of a “relapse,” reports the National Enquirer. The publication notes that friends of the actor fear Pitt may break his sobriety due to the passing of his longtime friend, Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell.

“Brad’s taking his loss very hard, like it’s a death in the family,” a pal tells the magazine. The source continues, “Now, friends fear that Brad will fall off the wagon, hard!” The outlet’s tipster reveals Cornell was helping Pitt maintain his sobriety and may have been the actor’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. The friend adds, “Chris was part of Brad’s support group and now he is gone… Chris’ death was the worst. It could push him over the edge.”

This, however, is nothing more than a gross exploitation of Cornell’s passing and an insensitive take on Pitt’s commitment to sobriety. Gossip Cop is assured by a Pitt confidante that the tabloid’s relapse fears are unfounded.

“Who has these ‘fears?'” asks our impeccable contact, questioning why the magazine thinks readers would believe “friends” and “pals” of Pitt are discussing such issues with the Enquirer of all places. “It’s ridiculous,” our insider further scoffs. And, Gossip Cop would add, it’s shameful, too.

Angelina Jolie is having a 'career crisis' LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's "Maleficent" are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. © Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's "Maleficent" are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England.

Angelina Jolie is in the midst of a “career crisis,” and is scrambling for movie roles because of the high cost of her divorce, reveals OK!. The publication reports the actress was in talks to star in the remake of the 1975 thriller, Murder on the Orient Express, but she ultimately passed on the role and is now regretting her decision because she’s in need of money.

“She’s got huge expenses related to her divorce, and she’s not making much off her directing projects,” a source tells the magazine. “She needs to reassert her leading lady status before the offers dry up,” adds the insider.

Of course, Jolie has never been one to sign on to a movie for a paycheck, preferring instead to make films she’s passionate about. And with an estimated net worth of $160 million, it’s unlikely Jolie is hurting for money, despite going through a divorce.

Still, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the actress, who exclusively assures us she’s happy with all of her recent career decisions and remains financially sound. There’s no truth to the tabloid’s claim.

This isn't the first time Gossip Cop has busted OK! for its reporting about Jolie. We recently corrected a cover story that falsely maintained Jolie wants to get back together with Pitt.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a trial separation Kanye West and Kim Kardashian © Getty Images Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently had a six-week “trial separation,” according to Life & Style. The publication reports that shortly before Kardashian gushed on her third wedding anniversary that West was the “best husband and father,” their marriage was “so bad” and “crumbling” that they decided to separate for a while.

An insider tells the magazine that West “wanted a break from Kim and his life with her.” And from her end, during that six-week trial separation, Kardashian began “trying to make a new life for herself.” The same informant adds, “They’re on different paths, and don’t connect anymore.”

After having spent time apart, maintains the outlet’s insider, the couple is now “trying to make it work,” and Kardashian wants “to give their marriage one more shot.” The tipster says, “[Kardashian] hopes the trial separation will make them realize how much they do love each other.” Allow Gossip Cop to call bullsplit on this. West and Kardashian never separated nor is their marriage “crumbling.” The tabloid made up this fake “trial separation” story, and neatly covered its tracks by claiming they’re giving their marriage “one more shot.”

Of course, this is all coming from Life & Style, which has wrongly claimed for years that Kardashian and West were splitting up. Regardless, a rep for Kardashian exclusively tells Gossip Cop the article is “false.”

Ben Affleck looking to hook up Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' 'The Accountant' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' 'The Accountant' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood

Is Ben Affleck really hosting dinner parties with the request that his friends bring over attractive single women? That’s what Life & Style reveals in its new issue. The magazine further reports that Affleck has been “embracing the bachelor lifestyle” ever since moving out of the home he previously shared with Jennifer Garner and their three kids.

A source tells the outlet that Affleck is “absolutely loving the single life.” The publication's insider further notes the actor often invites friends to his home for dinner, but only under the condition that they bring prospective women for him to date.

But despite the tabloid’s assertion he’s “swimming in babes at his new bachelor pad,” a mutual friend of Gossip Cop and Affleck’s assures us this tale of wild dinner parties is simply “not true.” We’re told the actor is instead busy “focusing on family.”

Of course, Life & Style has a poor track record when it comes to accurately reporting about Affleck, so this latest piece of fiction isn’t surprising. In fact, one week before the actor and Garner filed for divorce in April, the magazine wrongly reported that Affleck and Garner were renewing their vows. Unless the outlet fact-checks more, it will sadly continue to publish falsehoods about Affleck.


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