Gwen Stefani did not have a â€śbaby bumpâ€ť nor was she expecting one year ago today, despite a report from then. The claim was made by one of the tabloids, which falsely maintained the singer appeared â€śbumpyâ€ť at a Halloween party. But as Gossip Cop stated, and clearly time has again proven us right, the only thing fertile back then were the imaginations of the writers at a particular magazine.
On November 9, 2017, In Touch wrongly reported that while trick-or-treating on Halloween last year, Stefaniâ€™s usually taut belly appeared â€śbumpy.â€ť The tabloid even asserted it had an â€śeyewitness,â€ť who saw the No Doubt singer in a mermaid outfit and â€śit was obviousâ€ť she had a â€śbumpâ€ť and a â€śbaby on the way.â€ť The same supposed source also told the magazine how â€śfriendsâ€ť of Stefani were talking about how â€śGwen is pregnant right now.â€ť
But if thereâ€™s anything thatâ€™s become â€śobvious,â€ť itâ€™s the tabloidâ€™s tipsters really had no inside information or access to Stefani or her â€śfriends.â€ť More significantly, as Gossip Cop noted 365 days later (and clearly we were correct), Stefani did not have a baby bump because she wasnâ€™t pregnant with Blake Shelton or anyone elseâ€™s child. And it became obvious to even those without the celebrity connections Gossip Cop has that Stefani wasnâ€™t expecting when she was photographed days later not looking remotely â€śbumpy.â€ť
Unfortunately, in the intervening 12 months since that untrue story, the publication hasnâ€™t gotten better or more reliable with its Stefani articles. Actually, just one week after its piece about her being spotted with a â€śbaby bump,â€ť In Touch flip-flopped and reported Stefani was not pregnant. In that equally absurd tale, the magazine contended the singer simply â€śbelieved she was pregnant,â€ť but found out later she wasnâ€™t. Of course, none of that explains how the outletâ€™s â€śeyewitnessâ€ť saw a â€śbump.â€ť
It bears mentioning that the tabloidâ€™s sister publication, Star, recently also inaccurately contended Stefani was pregnant with Sheltonâ€™s baby after she was supposedly seen at a Halloween party this year with a â€śprotruding belly.â€ť In that article, a so-called â€śsourceâ€ť was quoted as saying Stefani was â€śalready starting to show.â€ť While Gossip Cop is uncertain why these magazines are fixated with falsely claiming every Halloween that the singer is pregnant, we are 100 percent sure she is not. Stefaniâ€™s rep, speaking on her behalf, even assured us a little more than a week ago that the latest story was â€śuntrue.â€ť
The reason Gossip Cop occasionally revisits articles weâ€™ve debunked a full 12 months earlier is to show readers that made-up stories invariably get exposed over time. Outlets may allege they have an â€śeyewitnessâ€ť or trustworthy sources, but often they really donâ€™t. Conversely, Gossip Cop wonâ€™t publish a bust until weâ€™ve reached out to a number of individuals connected to the subject of a report. Only after weâ€™ve diligently fact-checked a claim will we post our determination. We find that creates fewer â€śbumpsâ€ť down the road.