By Erica Abbott
Reports that the country duo behind Florida Georgia Line announced plans to marry each other are false. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, who married their significant others in 2013 and 2015 respectively, are not getting married to one another—the false rumor stemmed from a satire website.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on the Nevada County Scooper, a satirical website. The article claimed that “Nashville’s first married gay music artists” had married women to hide their secret relationship and that they just couldn’t keep it hidden any longer. It purported:
Florida-Georgia Line has shaken the country music world with news that they plan to wed each other. It will be Nashville’s first married gay music artists. They revealed that their marriages to women were a sham and simply a cover up to hide the relationship.
Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo; Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, best known for their songs “Get Your Shine On”, “Cruise” and “Your Brother’s Kinda Cute.”
Brian Kelley “BK”, spoke to the Scooper about the upcoming wedding.
“For years people have called our music, ‘brokeback country’, I guess we finally made it official.”
Neither Kelley nor Hubbard came out as gay and are, of course, not getting married to one another. Kelley got married to girlfriend Brittney Cole in 2013 in a secret Nashville wedding and Hubbard tied the knot in 2015 on the two-year anniversary of he and girlfriend Hayley Stommel’s first kiss. On Hubbard’s special day, he told People magazine that he and Kelley had become best friends over the years. “We’ve kind of built a family, Hayley and myself and BK and his wife Brittney,” he said. “It’s a special day for all of us to celebrate.”
The Scooper website clearly states in their “manifesto,” or disclaimer, that their articles are purely satire. It states:
The Scooper is a satirical website is in scope and intent. Sometimes it’s funny; often it is not. in scope and intent. It provides social criticism in a satirical, sometimes news-genre setting. We are not a “fake news” site, but rather an entertainment one. Sometimes it’s just plain-old crappy writing with a few bad jokes. Our intention is not to fool or trick anyone, but obviously it happens. We firmly believe that you can soften a person’s willingness to listen by injecting irony, and yes sometimes humor, into the conversation.
Moreover, the purported “engagement photo” in the article is a photo from the set of the band’s “This Is How We Roll” music video.
Did you see the fake story about the Florida Georgia Line members getting married circulating social media? Do you know anyone who was fooled by the fake news? Sound off in the comments section below!
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