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Claim: E-mail reproduces TMZ article about Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2007]
Origins: Rumors have been swirling lately about an impending split in the marriage of actor Duane Martin and actress Tisha Campbell Martin and about their alleged pursuit of "alternative lifestyles." We wouldn't pretend to know anything about the details of the couple's private lives other than to note that such rumors have generally been met with denials, such as the following offered in the couple's recent interview with Essence magazine:
Q: For the past month, the blogosphere has been filled with rumors about the future of your marriage. How are you holding up?However, we can say that the item quoted at the head of this page, attributed to the entertainment news/gossip site TMZ.com, is some rumormonger's concoction. Gillian Sheldon, TMZ's supervising producer, told us the item was a "fabrication" and that TMZ "never posted this article."
Duane: Mark Twain said it best: "A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." So I'm not going to defend myself against a gay rumor when I’m trying to defend my son against autism. We would look really stupid trying to take our focus off autism, which affects all of us, to fight a gay rumor. The reason we are talking today is because what we will defend is our 17-year relationship. Nobody is touching that. So whoever wants to rumble, let's rumble.
Q: So for the record, are you getting a divorce?
Tisha: Hell no!
Duane: Listen, let me tell you something. I will chew her ass up and swallow it before I let somebody else have her.
Last updated: 14 September 2007
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