Kylie Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and More Celebrities Who’ve Fact-Checked Their Own Lives – Vanity Fair
This week’s main focus has been Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s Instagram argument. This shouldn’t be confused with last month’s Taylor Swift/Kimye Instagram-Snapchat-Twitter feud, or with the alleged Katy Perry shade-throwing in the wake of Swift/Kimye-gate. There’s a lot to keep tabs on, and that’s factoring in only what actually happens in these ongoing celebrity kerfuffles. In the era of the social-media spat, it’s easy to drag in players under false pretenses. Tweets can be faked. Instagram comments are easily Photoshopped.
This is exactly what happened to Kylie Jenner on Tuesday when a Twitter user shared a fabricated message from the cosmetics mogul in which she appeared to be celebrating after Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram account. Jenner was quick to follow up with a fact-check; the tweet the user had found was fake.
This isn‘t the first time a celebrity has been forced to clear his or her name, though. Here are just a few more famous folks who’ve had to do some fact-checking.
Karlie Kloss and the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian West Controversy
We don’t have to go too far back to begin this journey. On Monday, many outlets gleefully alleged that Karlie Kloss was distancing herself from best friend Taylor Swift and entering her feud with Kimye when Kloss said that Kim Kardashian was a “lovely person” in a Sunday Times interview. Headlines proclaimed “Karlie Kloss Gets Caught in the Middle of Kim K.’s Feud.”
After reading the news, Kloss tweeted to clarify that she is in full support of her friend. She also commented on the ever-tired pattern of the media pitting women against one another.
Adele Publicly Shoots Down Pregnancy and Super Bowl Rumors
At her show last Saturday, the singer made sure to clear up a few things with her audience. Rumors had been circulating that she was pregnant and that she would perform at the Super Bowl, and the singer didn’t hesitate to address them during her banter between songs. “First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” she started. She continued, “I know I’m not Beyoncé, I’m not dancing or anything like that, but it’s a bit grueling. I can’t be pregnant and travel this much.”
It came out later that despite reports, the N.F.L. had never asked Adele to perform at the Super Bowl. Still, when the singer of “Rumor Has It” hears a rumor about herself, she’s gotta say something.
Kendall Jenner Is Not Having Justin Bieber’s Spirit Child
Will the baby rumors ever stop? In this case, the baby in question might be one in the metaphorical sense. In her Vogue 73 Questions video, the September covergirl says the weirdest thing she’s ever read about herself was that she’s having the Bieb’s “spirit child”—whatever that means.
Jennifer Lawrence Clarifies Her Meryl Streep Comment at the Golden Globes
When Jennifer Lawrence won her first Golden Globe for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, in 2013, she took the stage and said, “I beat Meryl!” She had, indeed, beat out the legendary Meryl Streep in the best-actress category. Twitter (mostly just Lindsay Lohan) went into a small uproar, accusing Lawrence of attacking Streep.
Soon after, Lawrence appeared on Letterman to clear it all up. She had been referencing the 1996 movie The First Wives Club, in which Bette Midler holds up an Oscar and says, “Know what it says? It says, ‘I beat Meryl!’” Turns out, most people don’t get references to 90s comedies (no matter how star-studded), but Lawrence set ’em straight.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Battle Baby Rumors
This longtime couple’s been the subject of baby news for quite some time. In January, DeGeneres quashed future baby talk in a most Ellen way. The couple adopted a dog and named him “Kid,” thus always being able to answer “yes” to the ever-present question: “Do you have a kid?”
Ariana Grande Is Not a Diva
After reports surfaced that the pop singer was a bit much to handle, she was sure to clear that up. Well, it was one report that encouraged the singer to say a thing or two. The New York Daily News reported that after an event, “She did autographs and pics and was all smiles until she got into the elevator. And as soon as the doors shut, she said, ‘I hope they all f**king die.’” Grande took to Twitter shut it all down with a social-media essay, of sorts, starting things off with following two pointed tweets about rising above the rumors:
Amy Schumer Laughs Off Jennifer Lawrence
And sometimes, you can just make a big old game out of the fact-check. In an April 2016 Vanity Fair video, Amy Schumer fact-checked her friend J.Law’s comments, in which she was sure to assert that her friend was the “meanest person [she knows].” Sometimes, you’ve just got to have a laugh—and that’s a fact.