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Taylor Lautner gay rumors spread online with fake People cover

This fake People magazine cover from an unknown

This fake People magazine cover from an unknown source circulated online. Photo Credit: Unknown

People magazine said that a cover proclaiming that "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner is gay was "100 percent fake."

"The cover in question is 100 percent fake. This began as a ridiculous Twitter joke that went viral," People magazine spokeswoman Julie Farin said Tuesday.

The imitation cover, which spread online Monday, shows a serious-faced Lautner posing with the headline “Out and Proud.” The clearly manipulated cover is dated Jan 7, 2011, and shows subheadlines of photos of “Brad and Angelina in Africa.”

A falsified quote under Lautner’s image reads: “I’m more liberated and happier than ever.”

The fake cover was so convincing it fooled fans across the Internet, fueling an influx of Twitter responses.

Even hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was seemingly tricked by the trending cover, and he tweeted to Lautner in solidarity.

Simmons posted: “Proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage."

Once he discovered the cover was a hoax, he tweeted: "Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be..."  

Above: The fake People magazine cover from an unknown source that circulated online. 

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