Taylor Lautner has been the subject of rumors about his sexual orientation since the young star first appeared in the Twilight film series. However, despite the persistent gossip, the Breaking Dawn star has never publicly come out as gay. As for the Taylor Lautner People magazine cover that hit the Internet on Monday featuring the hunky young star proclaiming he is coming out, a rep for the mag says it is just a Photoshopped fake.

In a rather nasty little joke, some Photoshop-happy clown decided to paste Taylor Lautner’s face on a faked People cover featuring the Twilight star proclaiming himself as “Out & Proud.” The tagline for the cover story reads: “Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out. ‘I’m more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.'”

The fake Taylor Lautner coming out People cover managed to fool quite a few people, including hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons. On seeing the faked cover and believing it was real, Simmons actually posted a note on his Twitter feed saying he was “proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and courage.” Naturally, Simmons was pretty pissed to find out the whole thing was just a prank. “Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…”

A representative for People said in a press statement to GossipCop.com that the magazine cover featuring Taylor Lautner coming out is “absolutely fake.” The sidebar on the cover is actually from a May 2006 issue of People. You’d think if someone was going to go to all this trouble, they could at least fake the whole cover, not just lazily paste over the main story.

So, just to be clear, if Taylor Lautner is gay, he still is not talking about it. Until he does, who he chooses to hook up with is entirely his business. Case closed.

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