People Magazine’s cover story for its Jan. l7, 2012 issue was going to be huge: Taylor Lautner, the martial artist turned actor, is gay.

Lautner’s announcement featured a photo with a headline saying, “Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out.” The story made the Internet gossip rounds over the holiday weekend.

On Tuesday, People threw ice water on the Lautner cover, announcing that it was “100 percent fake.”

“This began as a ridiculous Twitter joke that went viral,” People Magazine spokesperson Julie Farin said.

Apparently a lot of people fell for it. Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons tweeted his congratulations to Lautner.

Nobody knows who started the hoax.

He’s 19.

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People Magazine’s cover story for its Jan. l7, 2012 issue was going to be huge: Taylor Lautner, the martial artist turned actor, is gay. Lautner’s announcement featured a photo with a headline saying, “Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out.” The...