The "exclusive" People cover, left, is a fake, a People rep confirmed to rumor-debunking celeb website Gossip Cop on Monday. Exclusively.
The clues are pretty obvious, even if you're not an expert at spotting Photoshop work. People publishes on Mondays; Jan. 7, the date on the alleged cover, is a Saturday. Also, People's special double issues happen twice a year, once in summer and once at year's end.
The secondary stories on the right -- one of them, you guessed it, an exclusive! -- are lifted from a May 2006 cover of the mag, Gossip Cop noted. We're buying that one even without looking in our hoarder's pile of People magazines: Brad and Angelina were rumored to be spending this Christmas in Costa Rica, not Africa, and Carnie Wilson hasn't looked like that in a while.
One high-profile person who fell for the alleged cover? Russell Simmons, who tweeted "Proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage" before nuking that message and replacing it with "Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be." (And we suppose that we should let Simmons, famed Occupy Wall Street supporter, be wherever he wants to be, which this holiday season is apparently famed 1-percenter destination St. Barths.)
One story about Lautner that is true? His wax figure is expected to join Robert Pattinson's at Madame Tussauds in London this January, the museum announced earlier this month. And though it won't be an exclusive photo opportunity, we can't wait to see the pics.
-- Christie D'Zurilla