If the East coast felt the earth shudder with a 5.8 magnitude quake the morning of August 23, the West coast was dealing with the ‘world shattering news’ that Hollywood’s favorite couple, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, were separating.
HuffingtonPost.com, TMZ.com, and PerezHilton.com were buzzing with reports that the couple married 13 years and parents to three, were indeed divorcing. They all, however, pointed fingers at gossip mag In Touch Weekly, who ‘exclusively’ broke the news.
Perhaps more magnanimous than the news itself was the reaction of millions of fans hoping and pleading that the news didn’t hold true.
While the magazine may not be as notorious as other tabloids of blatantly lying about celebrity news, it does have a history of falsifying a number of stories in the past.
To name a few instances, In Touch Weekly reported that Kate and Jon Gosselin were getting re-engaged in 2009, which was refuted immediately by a ‘close source’. Reality goddess Kim Kardashian has also felt the wrath of the gossipy glossy and threatened to sue earlier this summer when they claimed she was ‘caught cheating’ on her now husband, Kris Humphries.
Unconvinced? The magazine also attacked Jay-Z in June 2011 with infidelity accusations, and claimed that “Octo-Mom” Nadya Suleman gave them an exclusive interview around the same time. All empty claims.
Will’s eldest son from his previous marriage, Trey Smith, turned to Twitter to defend his dad and stepmom’s marriage and their family. These reports, he says, are completely false and his stealthy efforts to set records straight are most likely partially due to the near-panic that this magazine has caused across the world. A current worldwide trend on Twitter has his parents’ name in it, right above ‘D.C. Earthquake.’
“Did [Will and Jada] split? No they did NOT split ! False information ..its not true RETWEET!!!” Trey Smith announced through his official Twitter handle, TheRealTrey. “Everyone can think what they want ..even if its not true #Lame.”