Taylor Lautner Got Pranked

A “teaser” for the January 7 issue of PEOPLE magazine featured Taylor Lautner with the caption, “Out & Proud,” implying Lautner was finally announcing he was gay. Accompanying the title was the quote, “I’m more liberated and happier than I’ve ever been.”

Turns out it was just a hilarious internet prank. A rep for PEOPLE said the cover “is absolutely fake” and notes the sidebar features Brad Pitt and Carnie Wilson from a 2006 issue of the magazine.

One person who was fooled was Russell Simmons who tweeted, “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and courage.” When he found out it was a joke, he wrote, “Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”

I think this says more about Taylor Lautner than the guy who made the fake cover. The first thing that popped into people’s head when they read this was, “Good for him,” and not, “Wait… No way. Is this… is this right? Can’t be,” like they would if that was me on the cover. On account of me being so manly.

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