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Hello! magazine said it was “dismayed” to learn an interview it published with George Clooney about the actor and his wife, Amal, never took place.
In a statement, Clooney said the publication had run 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.”
A Vanity Fair aggregation of the story is headlined “George Clooney Explains Why Marriage to Amal Alamuddin Is Going So Well.”
The fake quotes include Clooney telling Hello! that he and his wife “have a rule whereby we are never apart for more than a week.”
In a statement, the publication said that it had bought the interview from a “respectable independent agent.”
“Hello! Magazine and the Hello! Group are very dismayed by Mr George Clooney´s statement that an interview with him that was published by the Hello! Group is not authentic,” the statement read. “The Hello! Group bought the interview in good faith from a respectable independent agent, Famous, with whom it has dealt for many years and the agency and its writer were both credited at the end of the article in Hello! Magazine as is customary. Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects.”
The statement also said, “In the meantime, the Hello! Group can only express its deepest respect for both Mr Clooney and his wife, Amal, and its sincere commitment to respectable and accurate journalism.”
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