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Last night, a fake People magazine cover went viral, proclaiming Taylor Lautner to be “out and proud.” E! Online reports:
An obviously faked People magazine cover on which Taylor Lautner supposedly announced that he’s “out and proud” ricocheted across the internet Monday, tricking fans and even celebs like Russell Simmons. The Photoshopped image of the purported January 7, 2012 People issue shows the Twilight star announcing he’s gay and “tired of the rumors.” The fake cover goes on to fake quote Lautner as saying his decision to come out has left him feeling, “more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.” While the internet was abuzz, celebs like Def Jam’s Simmons even fell prey to the hoax, tweeting Taylor a congratulatory tweet: “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage.” Once realizing the mistake, Simmons tweeted: “disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”
I admire how supportive Russell Simmons was. It’s probably easy for him to relate considering he was married to someone for eight years who was probably born with an Adam’s apple. In any case, a magazine cover isn’t even necessary at this point. Taylor Lautner is as straight as a spiral staircase, but no one will ever come out and say it because he wants to be the next Tom Cruise. He’s doing a decent job so far. Now all he needs is acting ability, submission to a cult, and an R. Kelly soundtrack.