Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have garnered an impressive win against the tabloids.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The National Enquirer and Star magazine have retracted online stories shared in October that claimed the couple, who celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary this year, were getting a divorce.
Hanks and Wilson reportedly enlisted the help of Marty Singer, Bill Cosby’s former lawyer, who sent letters to the two publications’ parent company, American Media Inc., asking to have all online editions edited and proper corrections made in upcoming print issues.
In response, both publications issued similar statements, apologizing for their claims. The National Enquirer said they “did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of inappropriate relationship with Meg Ryan,” while Star apologized for claiming Hanks had been unfaithful with his “Inferno” co-star Felicity Jones.
In another statement released to THR, the couple said, “Our marriage is the foundation of our family, is sacred to us, and we couldn’t allow such nonsense as we are about to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary next April. For Star and National Enquirer to profit by dishonouring what is so precious to us with such falsehoods were, we decided, lies we would not put up with any longer.”