The tabloids have thrown Julia Roberts into a lot of fake feuds with other celebrities. Gossip Cop frequently debunks this nonexistent drama. Here are five wrong rumors about the actress’s so-called “feuds.”
Last month, Gossip Cop busted Woman’s Day Australia for falsely claiming that Roberts warned Reese Witherspoon to stay away from her niece Emma Roberts. The story was concocted after Emma said in an interview with Porter magazine that she admired Witherspoon. The tabloid contended that Roberts was “livid” over her niece complimenting another actress, and told Witherspoon not to come near her family. The story made very little sense. For starters, Emma simply expressed admiration for Witherspoon, but made no indication that the actress is her real-life mentor. The idea that Roberts “warned” Witherspoon not to associate with her niece isn’t logical. Regardless, a source close to the situation assured us there was never any confrontation between Roberts and Witherspoon.
Also last month, Gossip Cop debunked a National Enquirer story saying Roberts was ending her alleged longtime feud with Sandra Bullock. The magazine maintained that the two actresses have been rivals for years, but they agreed to make peace and team up on a movie together. A source close to the situation assured us that the two women didn’t have a project in the works, and had never been at odds either. In fact, during a speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2014, Bullock mocked a previous tabloid story about her feuding with Roberts.
Gossip Cop called out the Enquirer in October for wrongly reporting that Roberts was battling with Jennifer Aniston over whose TV series would be a bigger hit. Roberts’ new Amazon show “Homecoming” premiered last month, while Aniston’s upcoming Apple series debuts sometime next year. As we noted at the time, the actress’s respective shows aren’t in competition with each other. Roberts series is currently available to watch, while Aniston just recently started shooting hers. Meanwhile, both are airing on streaming services, meaning viewers can watch anytime. Not only did Aniston’s rep dismiss the story as nonsense, but Roberts and Aniston posed together at a charity benefit over the summer, proving they’re friendly.
Back in 2016, Gossip Cop busted OK! for alleging that Roberts had been in a years-long feud with Anne Hathaway, but decided to bury the hatchet following the death of their mutual mentor Garry Marshall, who directed both Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries. Both actresses also worked with Marshall on the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. In reality, the magazine exploited the filmmaker’s passing to create a phony feud. Hathaway’s rep told us on the record, “There was never ever a feud. In fact, Annie is a super fan of Julia Roberts, so this makes no sense whatsoever.”
And finally, Gossip Cop called out the Enquirer in 2013 for attempting to pit Roberts against Jennifer Lawrence. The story emerged after MTV asked Roberts about Lawrence joining her as one of “America’s Sweethearts,” to which the actress joked, “My card is expired and I didn’t get a new one. I think she’s fabulous, but she seems cooler than me.” The tabloids began twisting Roberts’ comment into some sort of diss, prompting interviewer Josh Horowitz to tweet, “Nothing so dispiriting as seeing some people turning a fun and complimentary chat into one actress going after another.” The Enquirer tried to keep the saga going by insisting a war had erupted between the actresses, but sources close to both star assured us there was no truth to the claim. This was made more evident in 2015 when Roberts praised Lawrence’s essay on the gender pay gap in Hollywood.