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LOS ANGELES (CBS)— Taylor Lautner fell victim to a photoshopping hoax when it went viral on Monday, claiming the Twilight Saga star was “out and proud.”

laughtner1 Taylor Lautner Falsely Reported As Out And Proud

(credit: theinsider.com)

A rep for People has confirmed the cover is “absolutely fake.”

The cover proclaimed Lautner was ready to tell the world he’s gay. It said he is “tired of rumors” and feels “more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.”

After seeing the cover on the internet, Def Jam’s Russell Simmons Tweeted, “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage.” Upon hearing that it was a fake, Simmons later Tweeted, “disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”

Lautner’s rep has not commented on the hoax.

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