Taylor Lautner Didn't Just Come Out, Despite Fake People Cover Saying Otherwise

by Jacob Combs
December 27, 2011 3:57 PM
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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."

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  • Rohan | December 27, 2011 10:43 PMReply

    I can't really stand Lautner as an actor. I think he is annoying in front of camera, may be it's his voice or may be he is still young. He may improve later as an actor, I don't know. But, reading this fake cover and its purpose is downright sad and atrocious. I actually feel sorry for this guy. Some people needs to get life and let others live.

  • Susie M. Barela | December 27, 2011 5:37 PMReply

    OMG !! This is totally ridiculous !! Even if he is "out" , it doesn't mean he's not human, I mean really people, don't you have better things to do with your time, other than figuring out ways to hurt other human beings that you're obviously jealous of !! Wow !! Crazy !!

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