George Clooney says a recent interview with him originating in Hello magazine never took place.
“In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual but to have an “exclusive interview” completely fabricated is something new. And a very disturbing trend.”
In a statement on Friday, the actor said the publication published a fake interview. He also criticized other outlets that aggregated quotes from the story.
“Hello Magazine has printed an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted. Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello Magazine,” Clooney stated.
The actor added: “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. And a very disturbing trend.”
The Hello Magazine story does not appear to be currently online.
A Vanity Fair aggregation of the story is headlined as “George Clooney Explains Why Marriage to Amal Alamuddin Is Going So Well.”
The faked quotes include Clooney telling Hello that he and his wife “have a rule whereby we are never apart for more than a week.”