Reports that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are ‚Äúfinally ready to get married‚ÄĚ are nothing but fake news. Gossip Cop has already corrected this untrue narrative several times in the last week, but we will keep doing so as long as outlets continue to dupe search engines with this misinformation. Allow us to explain what‚Äôs going on.
Exactly one week ago today, the National Enquirer and RadarOnline peddled virtually identical stories in print and online that claimed Stefani had asked Shelton to convert to Catholicism in order for them to get married. Gossip Cop spoke with Stefani‚Äôs rep, who confirmed to us on the record that the allegation was totally bogus. Despite our debunking, Celebrity Insider picked up the false claim and regurgitated it two days later with a post of its own that wrongly announced Stefani and Shelton were ‚Äúready to wed‚ÄĚ now that he was supposedly changing religions.
Then on Monday, The Hollywood Gossip hopped on the bandwagon and did an article of its own, based on Celebrity Insider, that claimed Stefani and Shelton were ‚Äúready to get hitched.‚ÄĚ Now two more days have gone by and Celebrity Insider is running another post asserting Stefani and Shelton are ‚Äúfinally ready to get married.‚ÄĚ Its source for this latest report? That would be The Hollywood Gossip.
To be clear: Celebrity Insider originally picked up the RadarOnline contention about a religious conversion paving the way for a wedding. The Hollywood Gossip then copied from Celebrity Insider. And now Celebrity Insider, apparently oblivious to its own previous posting, is copying The Hollywood Gossip. This is an echo chamber of fake news. Misinformation is spreading from place to place and back again without any consideration for the truth. Had any of these publications fact-checked or bothered to do real research, they would‚Äôve learned that the assertions are all without merit.
And it‚Äôs not just Stefani‚Äôs spokesperson and Gossip Cop saying that. ‚ÄúEntertainment Tonight‚ÄĚ has also reported that Stefani and Shelton are ‚Äúnot ready‚ÄĚ to get married and have no intentions of ‚Äúrushing to change their relationship status any time soon.‚ÄĚ On top of these misinformed tabloids and blogs flooding the internet with these wrong allegations, the situation is compounded by search engines being duped by these falsehoods.
It appears stories that are new and more recent are given prominence and priority, regardless of whether they are accurate. So, even though the contentions within this latest Celebrity Insider post have already been debunked, the article is nonetheless being given placement as a ‚ÄúTop Story‚ÄĚ (see screengrab below). Consequently, fans who are searching for real news on Stefani and Shelton are instead being fed phony lies that have already been corrected multiple times. As long as this remains the case, Gossip Cop will keep exposing the problem.
Weiss, Shari. ‚ÄúBlake Shelton Did NOT Convert Religions For Gwen Stefani, Despite Reports.‚ÄĚ Gossip Cop, 2 May 2018.
Lewittes, Michael. ‚ÄúBlake Shelton, Gwen Stefani ‚ÄėReady To Wed‚Äô?‚ÄĚ Gossip Cop, 4 May 2018.
Weiss, Shari. ‚ÄúBlake Shelton, Gwen Stefani ‚ÄėReady To Get Hitched‚Äô Is Late And Wrong Story.‚ÄĚ Gossip Cop, 7 May 2018.
Bueno, Antoinette. ‚ÄúGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Not Ready to Get Married, Source Says (Exclusive).‚ÄĚ Entertainment Tonight, 14 Mar. 2018.