You won’t see the People magazine cover featuring “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner, along with the headline “Out and Proud,” at the newsstand. It’s a fake.
The image bears the celebrity magazine’s title logo across the top, with 19-year-old Lautner brooding below it in a leather jacket and jeans.
The “exclusive” cover story claims that Lautner is “tired of rumors,” and that readers could expect for him to open up “about his decision to finally come out.” Dated to look like a January 7, 2012 issue of the mag, a quote on the cover has Lautner saying, “I’m more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.”
But reps for People magazine confirm to CNN that the cover is “absolutely a Twitter joke that went viral,” and is an “absolute fake.”
The faux People cover has spread quickly across the Web, and it seems some, like Russell Simmons, were fooled.
According to E! Online, Simmons at first tweeted that he was “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and courage.”
Later, presumably after being looped in on the fake story, the industry mogul saidhe’s “Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”