People sometimes forget that celebrities are people with feelings. This sad fact became especially noticeable in the recent case of Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery. Still, sometimes those who take the Schadenfreude and gossip too far (eventually) apologize.
Celeb couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson got so mad about trash-talkin' paper The National Enquirer running stories about Hanks's so-called "divorce" that they lawyered up. It worked. In a rare apology, The National Enquirer said:
"In the October 10, 2016 issue of The National Enquirer, we did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Meg Ryan, or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing. We apologize for and regret any implication to the contrary."
Anyone who's seen Hanks in Sully knows this is a man you don't mess with.
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Similar publication The Star issued an almost identical apology for its own story about Hanks and Wilson's relationship:
"In the October 3, 2016 issue of Star magazine, we did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Felicity Jones, or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing. We apologize for and regret any implication to the contrary.”
Hanks and Wilson released a statement on the matter to THR, emphasizing their distaste at such gutter press gossip:
"No true news organization could report that our marriage is on the brink of breaking up, but American Media Inc., owner of Star and The National Enquirer, often run fabricated stories to sell their tabloids. In the past, we laughed off their cover stories of our soon-to-be acrimonious divorce because those stories were so far from true, they were laughable. But our marriage is the foundation of our family, is sacred to us, and we couldn't allow such nonsense as we are about to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary next April. For Star and National Enquirer to profit by dishonoring what is so precious to us with such falsehoods were, we decided, lies we would not put up with any longer."