Many Taylor Lautner’s fans were fooled by the fake cover, which claimed the actor is a gay. “Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out. ‘I’m more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been,'” the cover’s copy said.
The headline of the cover was “Out & Proud”. The date of the release was Jan, 7. While the Internet was shocked, celebrities like Def Jam’s Simmons tweeted Taylor a congratulatory message: “Proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage,” according to The Huff Post.
However, after realizing the mistake, Simmons added: “Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”
People’s representative reported that the cover is ‘ridiculous and it’s an absolute fake.’ He also added that the sidebar boxes featuring Brad Pitt and Carnie Wilson was taken from the magazine’s May 2006 issue, reports the NY Daily News.
Lautner, who is no stranger to rumors about his sexuality, told Parade magazine that ‘it’s tough’ to avoid reading about himself: “It’s definitely impossible to avoid stuff about me sometimes, but it’s pretty important to try.”
He continued: “It’s very rare that things are true about yourself that are on the Internet. It’s just sad sometimes. So you definitely want to stay away from it as much as possible.”
Lautner denied he was gay in a new interview in the November issue of GQ Australia, reports the UK’s Daily Mail. In June, Lautner dined with acclaimed director Gus Van Sant and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, both of whom happen to be gay.
GQ Australia’s reporter asked about the night out and, rather strangely, whether Black, 37, or Van Sant, 59, hit on him. “No, definitely not,” Lautner replied. “I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun.”
By the way, Lautner is not the first celebrity who has fallen victim of Internet rumors. Previously this year the National Enquirer was claiming that Zac Efron was noticed holding hands with another man. The magazine stated Efron as gay.
According to the tabloid, Zac Efron “got cozy with a buff young man” during an NBA party at the W Hotel in L.A last month.“I was shocked at how relaxed and open Zac was with this guy,” a source said.
“He walked around talking to him, smiling and holding his hand right in front of everyone, including Vanessa. People were wondering if maybe it was a stunt to make Vanessa jealous. But truthfully, Zac really seemed into the guy.’
However, the actor declined all the rumors, saying: “I know it’s very addictive to read that kind of stuff. It’s entertainment.” He added: “Honestly, if the worst he can say about me is that I’m gay, then I think I’ll be fine. I can handle it.”
“It’s weird, but I don’t feel like I deserve any of the attention,” Efron, 20, said. “There’s really nothing but one audition for a Disney channel movie that separates me from 2,000 other brown-haired, blue-eyed guys in L.A., you know?”
“These days everyone is just waiting for me to f**k up,” he says. “I’m not gonna give anyone the satisfaction of that.”
Moreover, in spite of having had three high-profile marriages, Tom Cruise has been the subject of gay speculation for years. For example, in 2003, he won a $10 million default judgment in a case against a gay porn actor who spread rumors about having an affair with the “Top Gun” star.
Besides, two years earlier, Cruise sued Los Angeles-based publisher Michael Davis for $100 million after the man claimed to have a videotape of Cruise engaged in homosexual acts. However, the suit was dropped, and Davis eventually stated that Cruise “is not, and never has been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair.”