On Monday, the January 7 cover of People Magazine was “leaked” online, promising an exclusive coming out confession by “Twilight” heartthrob Taylor Lautner. There was one small problem with the story, though—it was fake.
Featuring Lautner in a leather jacket and the not-so-subtle headline “Out & Proud,” the cover went viral, making its way across the web and rekindling (or perhaps inauthentically confirming) time-worn rumors about the actor’s sexuality. Lautner previously dated another Taylor, the country music star Taylor Swift.
On second examination, the well-Photoshopped mag doesn’t hold up to scrutiny: January 7 is a Saturday (People publishes on Mondays) and the two side stories are lifted from a previous issue from 2006. (More here at the LAT.)
Still, the convincing cover did manage to snare a few gullible victims. Def Jam founder Russell Simmons tweeted his support for Lautner’s decision, saying he was “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and courage.” A few hours later, he posted a grumbling update when he found out the cover was fake: “Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be.”