It’s something we’ve all become very skeptical of, and now George Clooney has confirmed that an exclusive interview by Hello magazine in the UK was a fake, calling it “completely fabricated”. He has released a statement to Entertainment Tonight.
“Hello Magazine has printed an ‘EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW’ with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted,” Clooney tells ET. “Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun, and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello Magazine. The problem is that I have not given an interview to Hello Magazine and the quotes attributed to me are not accurate.”
“In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual, but to have an ‘exclusive interview’ completely fabricated is something new,” he continued. “And a very disturbing trend.”
The exclusive in question has quoted Clooney as saying he and his wife make sure they are never apart for more than a week and “stay in touch via social media” says the Entertainment Tonight article.
“The Hello! Group bought the interview in good faith from a respectable independent agent, Famous, with whom it has dealt for many years and the agency and its writer were both credited at the end of the article in Hello! magazine as is customary. Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects.”
Do you buy magazines? Do the headlined “exclusive interviews” reel you in?