Singer Melissa Etheridge recently said Brad Pitt was almost — but not — the sperm donor for her two children, but it was enough to make Angelina Jolie suspicious. The Oscar winner reportedly demanded that Pitt take a DNA test to prove he did not father the children. However, this tale comes from the National Enquirer, which claimed last week that Pitt threatened to divorce “dying” Jolie if she didn’t get help for a rumored eating disorder.
Not surprisingly, Gossip Cop debunked the rumor about Etheridge’s children the same day National Enquirer published it. The website famously discredits erroneous stories, and Wednesday’s stories were just the latest examples. “Gossip Cop has repeatedly busted the Enquirer for its many false claims about Pitt and Jolie, including a recent made-up tale that the actor was threatening to divorce his wife because she’s allegedly ‘dying,” the site wrote. “[Enquirer’s] latest claim involving Etheridge and a paternity test is equally wrong.”
The National Enquirer wrote that it talked to a source who described Jolie as suspicious. “Angie wants closure on the issue, so she’s demanding Brad undergo a paternity test,” the source said. “But Brad says Angie is being paranoid.” If he doesn’t take a DNA test, she’ll supposedly “go straight to Melissa and demand answers.”
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) April 1, 2016
The rumor started with Etheridge told Australia’s Studio 10 talk show last week she considered Pitt to be a sperm donor for her children. “Well, actually, [Brad Pitt] was such a good friend of mine. And we did consider it,” she said. “And yet, I looked and I saw how badly he wanted children and I thought, ‘I don’t want to share this with someone who really, badly wants children because my children don’t need another parent — they have two.'” She later chose singer David Crosby to father her two kids, Bailey and Beckett.
Etheridge and Pitt did not remain close. They apparently had a falling out after Etheridge said Jolie’s choice to undergo a double mastectomy was “the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer." The rock singer battled breast cancer in 2004. Jolie, who has the BRCA1 gene, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in 2013 after she preemptively had her breasts removed.
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