Close to a million Ryan Gosling fans were fooled by a Father's Day Facebook post purporting to tell the sad tale of how the actor tried and failed to adopt a dead friend's baby. Tragic yes, and also categorically untrue.
The photo and explanation, posted on a fake Gosling page written to sound like it's the star himself talking, shows the hunky actor cuddling up with an adorable baby and tells a story of how he planned to raise the child after his friend died until the biological father stepped in.
As of this writing over 940,000 people shared the story on Facebook. Problem is, it simply is not true, and the person running the account appears to have created the hoax as a means to sell T-shirts. Readers are directed to a sales page and told that each purchase will enter them into a drawing to meet Gosling himself — also completely untrue.
Gosling's reps have not yet commented on the hoax.
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