Teri Hatcher spent eight seasons on Wisteria Lane as one of the “Desperate Housewives”, but a recent tabloid report claimed the actress was actually desperate — to the point that she’s become so destitute she lost her house and is currently living out of her car.
If that sounds like a completely made-up story, that’s because it is, and Hatcher appeared with KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin on Thursday to refute the story, which appeared in a recent issue of supermarket tabloid Star magazine.
Speaking with Rubin (you can watch the interview in the video above), Hatcher categorically denied that she’s broke.
“On the cover yesterday [Star magazine has] an article that says exactly that — it’s totally absurd — that I am broke and homeless and living out of my van,” Hatcher told Rubin on Thursday.
“It’s categorically false,” she added. “I am not broke. I have done very well investing my money. I am not homeless and I am not living out of my van.”
As Hatcher explained, the Star ran the story after paparazzi photos emerged of Hatcher at the beach in her VW van while filming scenes for her web series, “Van Therapy”.
“A couple of weeks ago, the magazine reached out to my publicist to say, ‘We have these paparazzi photos of Teri at the beach,’ which, by the way, I was filming drivebys for my show,” she said.
“They said they were going to run this story about me being broke, and I think they even used the word suicidal and homeless and whatever. And my lawyer and my publicist said, ‘Categorically not true, you can’t print that, she’s doing a YouTube show, that’s her van, she has many homes in many states all over the country. There’s noting about this that’s true,’” she added.
“And then they went and ran it anyway. And that is even more egregious that it was so purposefully hurtful.”
As Hatcher explains in the video below, she thinks it’s time for stars to stand up to tabloids when they print blatantly false stories.
“The reason it’s important for me to talk about it is because also on that cover was a picture of Sharon Stone — beautiful picture of Sharon Stone — tripping, I guess, on a curb like many people do. And the caption is, ‘Near 60, Sharon Stone collapses,’” said Hatcher. “And it just made me think, you know, as actresses age, as women age in our society, magazines like this, they’re fostering a culture of disrespect — of trying to take down and take away the power of women, who have accomplished a lot in their careers. Who have a lot still to say.”
According to Rubin, Hatcher is contemplating legal action.