Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson win tabloid apology
Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have received apologies and retractions from two US tabloids that claimed the Hollywood couple were divorcing because Hanks was in love with co-stars Meg Ryan or Felicity Jones.
The National Enquirer and Star Magazine, properties of American Media Inc, issued statements, changed their online stories and will run corrections in coming print editions.
Hanks and Wilson, who have been married for 28 years, said in a statement they had previously laughed off tabloid stories about their "soon-to-be acrimonious divorce because those stories were so far from true".
But with their 29th anniversary looming in April, the couple said they considered marriage to be "the foundation of our family" and such stories were "lies we would not put up with any longer".
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Hanks starred with Ryan in hit 1990s movies such as Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and British actor Jones is his co-star in the new movie Inferno.
"We did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Meg Ryan or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing," the National Enquirer said on its website.
Its October 10 issue had run a report saying: "$400 million marriage crumbling over Hanks' love for Ryan".
Star Magazine apologised for an October 3 report, saying "we did not intend to report that Tom Hanks was having any kind of an inappropriate relationship with Felicity Jones, or that he and Rita Wilson were divorcing".