Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Bizarre News

Story that claims Lady Gaga is moving to St. Petersburg is a hoax

Stop dreaming about hanging out at Kahwa with Lady Gaga, St. Petersburg.

A widely-shared Facebook post on Saturday had the weird and wonderful pop star being done with Los Angeles and moving to sunny St. Pete. The self-proclaimed "celebrity news source" wleb21.com cited a magazine interview without actually naming the magazine, which didn't pass the sniff test for us.

A quick search showed the site also has Ben Affleck moving to Beaumont, Texas, the next Star Wars movie being filmed in Wyoming, Justin Timberlake moving to Norwalk, Conn. and Katy Perry moving to Olathe, Kan. — all reported within the space of a couple of days. If you click on WLEB 21's "contact us" button, they confess right away: "WLEB 21 is a fantasy news site. All news articles on wleb21.com are satire or pure fantasy." Apparently, a decent number of radio stations across the country didn't click that button before sharing the fake news.

So, sorry to our friends who had dreams of being Gaga's new BFF. Best guess is that it was an early attempt at an April Fool's Day joke.

As a public service announcement, please don't believe any crazy stories that you read on Friday. It's just the Internet toying with you.

Update: No, Robert Downey Jr. is not moving to Safety Harbor. That story is also super-duper fake. The website, Local News 33, has the same design and story structure as the Gaga hoax site.

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