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

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 27, 2011 at 3:57PM

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.
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Taylor Lautner on Fake People

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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.