A purported cover of People magazine featuring Taylor Lautner that made its way around the web Monday (Dec. 26) is a hoax.
The fake cover touts an “exclusive” that the “Twilight” star is coming out as gay with the headline “Out & Proud.” The cover also sports a quote supposedly from Lautner: “I’m more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.”
A rep for the magazine, however, tells Gossip Cop that the cover is “absolutely fake.” One tipoff: The sidebar boxes featuring Brad Pitt and Carnie Wilson were lifted from a five-year-old issue.
Rumors that Lautner is gay have been floating around pretty much since “Twilight” put him in the spotlight three years ago, but Lautner has always denied it.
He dated Taylor Swift several months in 2009 and was linked to his “Abduction” co-star Lily Collins earlier this year, but said he was single on a “Tonight Show” appearance in November.