We've had it with phony "reliable sources." The 24-hour news cycle has led to yellow journalism becoming more insidious than ever before, and the rampant lies attributed to vaguely connected celebrity "friends" has led to a breakdown of the relationship between artists and the press. News outlets shouldn't be the enemy, but "them blogs," as named by Ariana Grande, are constantly intruding on celebrities' private lives with cruel and unusual stories designed to piqué public interest with no qualms about the real people they might be hurting. These celebrity tabloid responses clapped back at outlandish rumors in hilariously savage ways, reminding us all that we can't believe everything we read on the internet.
Liam Hemsworth has been unlucky in love over the years, but his brother Chris Hemsworth wants you to know his marriage is 100 percent solid. After rumors surfaced in Woman's Day Australia that the Thor actor's relationship with wife Elsa Pataky was on the rocks in 2016, Chris tagged the outlet in an IG post clapping back at the "source" who claimed the couple has been taking a break. People reports the actor captioned his celebrity tabloid response, "Looking for a new wife according to @womansdayaus and other misleading outlets! Honey, you still love me, right?!" If Chris ever is in the market for a second wife, we volunteer as tribute.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took a page out of Chris Hemsworth's book when responding to rumors of their breakup. When "reliable sources" are this off-base, all you can do is laugh. In Touch Weekly featured the married couple on a June 2019 cover declaring it was over between the That '70s Show co-stars, which Mila used as a visual aid while Ashton asked her, "Babe, what's happening? What's going on?" In one of the funniest celebrity clapback IG videos of all time, the couple jokingly bantered about feeling "suffocated" by "dark secrets" and argued about who would get the kids. In his caption, Ashton wrote, "I guess it's over @intouchweekly have fun selling magazines this week. Maybe next week my wife will be having twins. For the third time. But who's counting?"
Guys and girls can just be friends, but tabloids haven't gotten the memo. Usually, Scott Disick is accused of shacking up with his former pseudo-sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian because of their #FriendshipGoals, but in January 2015, yellow journalists decided that Kendall Jenner was finally old enough to be the target of rumors about her older sister's then-boyfriend. Khloe responded on Twitter, writing, "I'm really pissed about this whole @KendallJenner and @ScottDisick thing!! Scott, I thought it was you and I that was having the affair!" In a separate tweet, she added, "Scott is such a THOT! These h*es really ain't loyal!! Huh?!?! Damn Gina!!! Damn!!" Clearly, the Kardashians take these claims very seriously.
Will Smith was well into his forties when attention-grabbing sources decided to spread rumors about his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith in 2015. Will posted his celebrity tabloid response to Facebook, in a total dad move, after so many of their friends had reached out to express their condolences over the fake news. Will wrote that under normal circumstances, he doesn't respond to contagious foolishness, but "in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness..." he and Jada weren't getting divorced. He continued, saying, "I promise you all - if I ever decide to divorce my Queen - I SWEAR I'll tell you myself! #Dumb People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D's." Years later, the Smith family is still going strong.
Jennifer Aniston was so fed up with pregnancy rumors in 2016, she wrote a full 900-word essay for The Huffington Post clapping back at paparazzi culture and celebrity news. “We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation," Jen wrote, responding not only to rumors about her life and body, but the nationwide sexism that has led to the pervasiveness of celebrity body shaming. Jen called tabloids comic books that were just a soap opera for people to follow when they were bored with their own lives but expressed concern over how insidious their warped view of a woman's worth had become in our culture.
Couples break up every day for multiple reasons such as growing apart, skyrocketing career ambitions, or unhealthy communication habits, but gotcha journalists always want to pin celeb break-ups on cheating. Marion Cotillard was the unlucky individual who got caught up in the media firestorm surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's seemingly sudden break-up, and the French star took her celebrity tabloid response to Instagram, where she explained that she's very much in love with her boyfriend of many years, Guillaume Canet, with whom she was expecting a second child. She sent a message of peace and respect to the couple formerly known as Brangelina after her classy clapback to reporters. "To all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery." Ooh, burn.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are a young couple, but they're stronger than the media likes to think. Complex wrote about a December 2018 rumor that Travis had cheated on the mother of his child despite constantly showering Kylie with gifts and tokens of his affection on social media, and the rap website got the receipts on Travis's response. The "Sicko Mode" rapper used IG Stories to say trolls were "creating some fake sh*t to destroy real love," asking people to stop going to great lengths to create something out of nothing and to "quit try[ing] to take joy from sh*t that's good." We should all be so lucky as to have a man like Travis in our lives.
Ryan Reynolds's marriage to Blake Lively is all the proof we need that love is real. Ryan retweeted an IB Times India article that claimed he was struggling to spend quality time with his wife, adding that he could actually use a little "me time." Ryan and Blake are both gorgeous and hilarious, proving that life isn't fair and God does give with both hands, just not to normies like us. The Green Lantern actor responded to the rumors earlier in 2018 when Yahoo Entertainment tweeted a photo of the couple walking the red carpet with Ryan's mom as proof split rumors were untrue, with Ryan joking, "We're never splitting. She'll always be my mom. No matter how much jazz-cabbage she smokes with her rollerblading friends." You heard it here, folks: Ryan Reynold's mom is a total pothead and you should always believe everything you read.
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Sofia Vergara shared a Star Magazine cover claiming her relationship with husband Joe Manganiello was over on Instagram with the hashtags "StarMagazineBullies" and "GoInventSh*tAboutYourMother" after the magazine photoshopped Sofia's engagement ring off of her finger in 2017. Sofia, rightfully pissed off, called the editor of Star an idiot and pointed out that there are pictures on social media proving she was wearing her wedding ring on the night those photos were taken. She also clarified that the man she was talking to that evening is a friend and producer of her film Bent, who later celebrated Easter at her home. So scandalous! Joe chimed in on Instagram as well, asking fans not to buy garbage tabloids that are "run by malicious trash."
If you're going to mess with a celebrity — well, first of all, just don't — maybe choose someone who isn't the star of America's most beloved daytime talkshow. Ellen DeGeneres took time out of a 2013 broadcast of The Ellen Show to address rumors that she was on the verge of a breakup with Portia de Rossi, which is clearly insane and untrue. Ellen's tone was jokey at first before she seriously responded by saying that she finds reports like these ridiculous. "There’s not one ounce of truth to any of it," she continued. "I’m very happily married. In fact, the only thing we ever argue about is who loves who more. That is all. It really is true."
Ironically, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton did eventually break up, but reports of their divorce in 2013 were a tad premature. Miranda and Blake took their celebrity tabloid responses to Twitter, where Blake tagged Miranda in a tweet saying, "Just read in a tabloid that our marriage is falling apart!" Miranda replied, "Oh no! Can't wait to read if we make it or not." Suffice to say, they didn't make it, but we're pretty sure their 2015 split had nothing to do with whatever garbage the tabloids were making up two years prior.
Chrissy Teigen is the undisputed queen of celebrity clapbacks, and we're shocked that any tabloid would be bold enough to cross her. Her marriage with John Legend, the most recent EGOT addition and "All of Me" singer, is one of our favorites in Hollywood, but InTouch Magazine had the gall to claim that the pair was on the brink of splitting in an "exclusive" 2017 interview with someone who has probably never actually met either of them. Chrissy kept her Instagram response short and sweet, captioning a photo of the headline, "Oh in touch go f*ck yourselves, you exclusively dumb pieces of trash." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
A beautiful thing about the freedom of the press is that tabloids aren't actually free to write whatever untrue garbage they feel like printing without getting sued for libel. Liberace famously sued The Daily Mail in 1959 for claiming he was gay and *won* despite the fact he was obviously LGBTQ, probably because outing public figures is so uncool that we collectively looked the other way when Liberace perjured himself on the stand. Precedent should scare publication like Radar Online, who claimed that Taylor Swift dumped Calvin Harris because of an alleged trip to a Thai massage parlor. Calvin said that it won't be a "happy ending" for Radar when he sues them for defamation of character in a now-deleted tweet captured by E! Online.
Reese Witherspoon had a chilled out response to Ok! Magazine's rumors that she was expecting baby number four in March 2019. The tabloid claimed that Reese and Jennifer Garner were both pregnant, which led Reese to post an image of the magazine cover on Instagram with the caption, "Hey @jennifer.garner! Can we raise our imaginary babies together?" CommentsByCelebs on Instagram noticed Reese's famous friends got in on the joke as well, with Sarah Michelle Gellar offering to imaginary babysit and Ali Wentworth pitching in on an imaginary shower. When it comes to insidious tabloid gossip, they're all in this together. Solidarity!
Dax Shepard's celebrity tabloid response involved taking a request for comment from Life & Style and blasting it on Instagram, joking that he wanted the names of who in his "inner circle" leaked news that his marriage to Kristen Bell was suffering because of his addiction issues. "My 'addiction issues' are between me, my sponsor, and the 3-4 folks listening to me speak about it for 4 hours a week on my podcast!!!" Dax joked. Kristen replied in the comments saying that she was the source, as her most dependable friends were always the people at Life & Style when she wants to vent about his Peaky Blinders addiction. Phew, this is some serious stuff.
Can we just leave Demi Lovato alone, please? No celebrity should have to suffer through the daily defamation that comes from tabloid rumor mills, but when it comes to a star who's publicly recovering from an overdose, speculating about possible relapses is just cruel. Nile FM captured a string of December 2018 tweets where the "Tell Me You Love Me" singer asked fans to ignore "sickening" tabloid fodder and assure them that she's sober, grateful to be alive, and taking time for self-care. She added that any source that's willing to talk to blogs and tabloids isn't actually a part of her life because it's all so inaccurate, writing, "Newsflash: your 'sources' are wrong."
Olivia Munn has been a vocal advocate for women since the early days of the mainstream Time's Up movement, but all that good karma wasn't enough for tabloids to leave her personal life alone. In January 2018, the actress was publicly linked to recently divorced Marvel star Chris Pratt and "sources" claimed that his ex-wife Anna Faris wasn't too happy with the situation. Anyone who's listened to Anna's podcast knows she's the most chill ex-wife known to man, but Olivia still shared her celebrity tabloid response on Instagram Stories to clear the air. Jack FM screenshot the posts in which she shared her texts with Anna clarifying she never went out with Chris, to which Anna responded that she was touched Olivia reached out but would've been thrilled to have her as a sister-in-law. As Olivia said, "women respect and love each other a lot more than some people like to think."
Lili Reinhart was fed up with reports that she had split with her Riverdale co-star and longterm boyfriend Cole Sprouse during a filming hiatus in summer 2019. The Archie Comics leading lady shared a sexy photoshoot for W magazine on Instagram with the caption, "BREAKING: A reliable source has confirmed that none of you know sh*t," to put those rumors to rest. The IG account CommentsByCelebs noticed that Lili left a cheeky comment on an August 2019 post from Variety featuring her beau, saying, "Sources say he's single now - is he available?" Safe to say this couple won't be calling it quits anytime soon.
Lili's other half Cole Sprouse had his own celebrity tabloid response to greatly exaggerated rumors of his relationship's death. Sharing the same W cover as his GF, Cole captioned his Instagram post, "UNPRECEDENTED: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart consume the flesh of 'reliable sources' to fuel their bacchanalian sex cult." Honestly, there are worse ways to go. Cole has never been too fond of Hollywood and the loss of privacy that follows fame, leaving the business entirely to attend NYU after finding success on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, before being dragged back to acting by his perfect Riverdale part.
Miley Cyrus's on-again, off-again relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband Liam Hemsworth has regularly been caught up in the former Disney star's other tabloid scandals, but claims that Miley had cheated on her husband with Kaitlynn Carter before their split elicited a long response on Instagram. When a celebrity shares screenshots from their Notes app, you know it's going down. While acknowledging her scandalous past (which no one should really care about, anyway), Miley told followers she has nothing to hide after her adolescence led to a total lack of privacy and intense media scrutiny. She was committed to her husband after their most recent reconciliation, and there are "no secrets" to uncover because she's learned from her past life experiences and grown-up. Hopefully, this ends the media circus surrounding her breakup, which sounds traumatic enough without a global spotlight.
Olivia Jade was just another wildly successful Instagram influencer and college student before Operation Varsity Blues revealed her mother, Full House actress Lori Loughlin, allegedly committed fraud to get her into USC. Ever since, tabloids have accused Olivia in equal parts of being fully aware of her mother's actions and completely ignorant of them, in cahoots with Lori and estranged from her, clearly wildly speculating on Olivia's mental state while attributing their ideas to reliable sources. In her second post since returning to Instagram, Olivia threw her middle fingers up and tagged Daily Mail, Star Magazine, People, and Perez Hilton, calling out their "close sources."
When an unknown media outlet shared an article about Gigi Hadid fighting back against a random man trying to pick her up in Paris with the headline "Not Model Behavior: Gigi Hadid aggressively lashes out & ELBOWS fan in the FACE after he tries to pick her up," Gigi rightfully tweeted that she had every right to defend herself from an "idiot [who] thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger." Gigi acted like a bad*ss when some random dude tried to grab her, and the press should be praising her self defense instead of trying to shame her for it. Gigi called out the use of "sources" directly in 2016 when she tweeted, "exactly what qualifications does one need to be a "source"?! The amount of BS online, & how much negativity it creates, is truly sad," encouraging her followers to spread love instead of hate.