Mind your business: Lies they will not tolerate any longer

Tom Hanks, wife make tabloids apologise over divorce claims

Reuters October 19, 2016
Hanks and Wilson have been married for 28 years. PHOTO: FILE

LOS ANGELES: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson won apologies and retractions on Tuesday, from two US tabloids who claimed the Hollywood couple was divorcing. According to them, Hanks was in love with his co-stars Meg Ryan or Felicity Jones.

The National Enquirer and Star Magazine, both properties of American Media Inc, issued statements, changed their online stories and will run corrections in their upcoming print editions.

Hanks and Wilson, who have been married for 28 years, said, in a statement, that in the past they had laughed off tabloid stories about their “soon-to-be acrimonious divorce because those stories were so far from true.” But with their 29th anniversary coming up in April, the couple claimed they considered their marriage to be “the foundation of our family” and that such stories were “lies we would not put up with any longer.”

Hanks starred with Ryan in successful 1990s movies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. British actress Jones is his co-star in the new adventure movie Inferno. “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,” the National Enquirer said in a statement on its website. Its issue for October 10 had run a report saying, “$400 million marriage crumbling over Hanks’ love for Ryan.”

Star Magazine also apologised for an October 3 report, saying, “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.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2016.

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