If anyone understands the struggle of trying to keep a squeaky clean image and avoid drama, it's Disney Channel actors.
Since Disney Channel stars are constantly in the spotlight and heavily scrutinized, it often seems like ridiculous rumors will always come with the territory. There's no telling when a random fan will accuse them of being a diva or when a gossip blog will publish an entire story about a relationship that they never had. But thankfully, these actors boldly facing the ridiculous rumors head-on. See which Disney Channel rumors are totally false, so false thatr the tweener denied it themselves!
Fans were devastated to hear that Girl Meets World wouldn't be renewed for another season, and unfortunately, all of the blame was placed on Rowan Blanchard. Even though there's literally nothing to prove this, someone started a rumor about Rowan not getting along with her castmates. Even worse, people alleged that she was faking her close friendship with Sabrina Carpenter the whole time.
Though she doesn't usually comment on rumors, she (understandably) felt inclined to set the record straight on this one. Contrary to what people were saying, she absolutely loved the cast. And regarding her "pretend friendship" with Sabrina, she mentioned that just the idea of faking a friendship made her sick. These rumors clearly took a toll on her and she didn't deserve any of this.
Back in 2007, tons of fans caught wind of what was believed to be a major scoop: Miley Cyrus herself "confirmed" that she was expecting. Someone had uploaded an image of a J-14 article entitled "Miley's Meltdown," which quoted the actress saying that her pregnancy was "accidental" and that she'd gained seven pounds.
However, the source that fans and outlets got this news from was actually a doctored version of the magazine's story, which was only about Miley's gross habits. According to Janet Giovanelli, J-14’s former editor in chief, someone scanned a copy of the page, altered the article and then put it online. She said: “It was an outrageous story, with grammatical errors and misspellings. But what amazed me was that so many legitimate sites picked up on it, but they didn’t check with us to make sure it was true.” Yikes. The magazine immediately released a statement to explain what happened, also providing the real version of their story.
It's no secret that practically every Austin & Ally fan shipped Ross and Laura as a real-life couple. But since the two are close friends in real life, it only took a few cutesy pics of them on social media for fans to start jumping to conclusions. Though it makes sense that their real-life bond made their on-screen romance more believable, fans went as far as taking this as a sign that they were definitely dating.
Laura, however, cleared things up and stated that she, as well as the rest of the cast, made a pact to not date any costars. She explained: “I think it’s very much because we are very professional. I know for me — I’ve been acting since I was 5 — I’ve always been taught that you really should never date a costar while you’re working with someone because then you can get together then not get together. Can you imagine?” ...Yeah, that would be way too awkward. Just ask actors like Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder.
For some reason, fans were under the impression that Dove didn't like her on-screen rival and was jealous of her. Tons of YouTube fans commented that there was bad blood between the two when the video for "Carscendants" was put up. Plus, someone actually went as far as publishing a detailed video of all the times Dove threw "shady" glances China's way.
When Dove heard about the ridiculous rumor, she spoke up on Twitter, saying that she doesn't have the energy to be shady to anyone and that she and China couldn't love each other more. To further prove her point, she also shared a screenshot of her recent texts with China, which were filled with voice messages. This definitely doesn't sound like something that people in a feud would do.
People are usually quick to assume that the main star of a movie or show is a diva - especially if they tend to get most of the spotlight. Unfortunately, Dove was accused of being just that. When a fan tweeted about having a huge crush on the actress, she responded in jest, claiming "she's a total diva." However, one follower suggested there was truth to the statement, claiming that she sits apart from her castmates and is "perched higher" in selfies.
Of course, Dove couldn't just let that slide. She responded: "You do know that people TELL us where to sit in interviews and who is supposed to take the selfies, right? that's not up to us...lol." And as an added bonus, her boyfriend Thomas Doherty and her fans chimed in by trolling the Twitter user himself. This ought to be a fair warning to not mess with Dove.
This is just beyond disturbing. For a while, fans have been reading into literally every photo of Dove Cameron and her Descendants director, Kenny Ortega. People found their friendly embraces way too inappropriate and some have claimed that Dove looked "uncomfortable" and "scared" when she was with him.
On Instagram, one fan was forward enough to claim that Kenny was "grabbing up" on her in a particular photo. But Dove called the person out, saying that they have "no basis" for such a disturbing claim. For one, Dove was in a relationship at the time and Kenny has been openly gay for years. She also clarified that the famous director and choreographer is like a father to her, which would explain why she's so comfortable around him. So yes, this rumor was only a figment of someone's (gross) imagination.
In one of their articles, Seventeen magazine made an error by claiming that Hannah Montana was originally a spin-off of That's So Raven. They also mentioned that Camp Rock actress Alyson Stoner was in the running for the lead role in the series, but she eventually lost it to Miley. When Alyson caught wind of the article, she shared the link and called the magazine out for misreporting. It turns out that Alyson was originally slated to star in a totally different show and Raven spin-off, NOT Hannah Montana.
For the record, fans and other outlets have been spreading variations of this rumor for quite some time now. So basically, everyone had the details totally mixed up because no one directly addressed it. Unfortunately, it looks like the *real* story might be even more insidious than the one that was circulating.
It was pretty clear that they were just good friends (which they still are to this day!), but words can't even describe how badly fans wanted Selena and David to date in real life — even though the6y played siblings on the show! When Selena shared a video of her fun night out with the Wizards of Waverly Place costar, fans got even more obsessed with the idea of seeing them together. A few even took this as confirmation that the two were really together. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. When David got married, Selena actually wrote: "Very much in my feelings about my big brother getting married." So really, they're more like the real-life Alex and Justin Russo (but without the magical spells).
If you've ever wondered why Orlando never returned as Eddie in Raven's Home, then this disturbing rumor that he started might help explain it. Since 2016, the actor has been arrested over five times and charged with misdemeanors, drug possession, domestic battery, resisting a police officer, and obstruction of justice. He also suffered from drug addiction, so when he shared explicit details about him and his former costar, Raven, hooking up, many fans knew to take his story with a grain of salt.
Raven never commented on this directly, but she did throw some shade his way after his Instagram account was temporarily deleted. She simply posted a pic with the words "Bye bye" and captioned it #silencegetsrewarded, suggesting that she was better off not debating his claims. (Unfortunately, though, his account was back up and running not long after it got deleted.)
Fans have been shipping these two Descendants stars pretty hard, especially since they're so close in real life and there are so many "Camfia" fanfiction stories out there. But Cameron himself admitted in an interview that his being in a relationship with Sofia was one of the most ridiculous rumors he'd ever heard. And as for Sofia, she referred to him as her "little brother" while wishing him a happy birthday. It's also worth noting that Sofia is over six years older than Cameron, so it's pretty unlikely that the two would date.
It may have been hard for them to connect when they started out on Shake it Up! together, but it wasn't because there was bad blood between the two. Unfortunately, the network tried to pit them against one another. Bella Thorne once explained: "Zendaya and I were put in a very unfortunate position where we were kind of forced to compete against each other, which made the whole first season of the show just very awkward for us. We wanted to love each other, but yet we were constantly being put against each other. It was, 'Who's better at this?' and 'Who's better at that?'"
Though she did set the record straight about their relationship, it seems like a few outlets still haven't gotten the hint to this day. Just last year, she called out a magazine for sharing a Twitter poll of her versus Zendaya in a "Beauty Battle." As she said, it's almost like history is repeating itself. But thankfully, Bella and Zendaya have a bond that's unbreakable.
When you're on major competing networks that cater to the same demographic, you're pretty much bound to get pitted against each other. Rumors about Nickelodeon stars and Disney Channel stars never getting along had been brewing for a while because the stars were rarely ever seen together. But Victoria Justice once explained that this was not intentional.
She said: "There's not really any beef with either one of them. You just kind of go to different events sometimes, and I don't know, you're kind of in different circles, I guess, in a way. But I have friends and stuff that were on Disney, too, so it's all good. I hang with Debby Ryan. I think Debby Ryan's super cool."
This rumor started with a photo that was taken at Ashley Tisdale's 26th birthday party. The High School Musical star was celebrating with close friends and family at a beach in Malibu, and Zac Efron wasn't shy about sharing birthday smooches with his former costar. Many fans saw the photo and assumed that the two were actually being intimate as a couple. But Ashely quickly took to Twitter and expressed her excitement over getting to celebrate with her brother and best friend. We can only imagine how awkward things would've gotten between Ashley and her BFF Vanessa Hudgens if this were actually true.