Hello! magazine apologises to George Clooney for 'fabricated exclusive interview'
Published 02/04/2016 | 09:04
Hello! magazine has apologised to George Clooney for publishing an interview with the star which they claimed was "exclusive" but which he denied ever having given.
The article detailed how Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal make their long-distance marriage work.
In a statement released via Entertainment Tonight, he said, "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.
"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."
The magazine, based in the UK, issued a statement late last night apologising for the article.
They said they had bought the article from entertainment news agency Famous and found that "it had, in fact, been culled together from a series of interviews that took place over a period of time, and many of the quotes attributed to Mr Clooney were never made by him."
"HELLO! Group bought the material in good faith from a trusted independent agent, who assured us it was an authentic one-to-one interview with Mr Clooney, which we now accept was not the case.
"We are shocked and disappointed to discover that the representations that were made to the HELLO! Group at the time of purchase of the material were not, in fact, true.
"We apologise unreservedly to Mr Clooney and his wife Amal for any distress that publication of this piece may have caused them and further apologise for conveying the impression that he had given an exclusive interview to HELLO!.
Clooney has previously confronted the Daily Mail over an article they printed in 2014 which he claimed was "false" about his wife's mother disagreeing with her daughter's wedding to Clooney.
The Daily Mail apologised to Clooney and withdrew the article.