LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Selena Gomez is not pregnant with Justin Bieber’s child. Selena Gomez pregnant reports hit online Sunday, a day usually reserved for fake celebrity deaths to spiral out of control. But in 2011, with celebrity fans more skeptical of fake celebrity car crash reports, a new breed of false reporting has kicked off – teen pregnancies.
Selena Gomez is certainly not the first celebrity to be the subject of false pregnant reports. By all accounts, 2009 was the year of fake baby bump stories that dominated celebrity newspapers. If you were are female star in public wearing a form-fitting dress, you were the target of celebrity newspapers. If you had an extra cheeseburger that day before meeting photographers, you suddenly were reported to have, not just a bump, but a baby bump. “I’m out of shape” was usually the embarrassing remark that celebrities were forced to give news to dispute their inaccurate reports.
But this time around, the focus is not on Selena Gomez’s body, it’s just on fabricating a story.
Selena Gomez is no more pregnant than singer Monica. Monica this weekend confirmed her marriage to Lakers’ star Shannon Brown. But just weeks ago, Monica too was the subject of fake pregnancy reports. Unlike 2009’s reports, Monica’s reports weren’t predicated upon a bump. They were just simply made up. Monica’s response was that she had “happy weight” during a telecast which prompted even her publicist to call her for confirmation.
Monica told fans then “My cousin just texted and asked ‘why are u the last to know’….. I am absolutely not pregnant. God’s Grace, Great kids, Great Family and Super good love sometimes = what we in the country call happy weight. LOL. No worries. … I have gotten tons of calls. Not because u said it. But my publicist said people are asking her. I didn’t look that different to me. LOL…. Oh, well.”