Actor Morgan Freeman says he’s never had a relationship with 27-year-old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines and has no plans to marry her, calling reports to the contrary “defamatory fabrications.”
In a statement to TMZ, Morgan says, “”The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”
Although rumors of a relationship have circulated for years, a recent National Enquirer story claimed that the pair had plans to marry in the near future (though this was only the most recent iteration of the story the tabloid has been publishing since at least 2009).
A rep for Freeman says the actor didn’t address the rumors sooner because he “didn’t want to dignify these stories by commenting.”
Hines also released a statement, writing: “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.”