Yep, the Lowndes-Lovitz 'Relationship' Is a Prank

Weird series of social media posts turns out to be publicity stunt
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2016 11:41 AM CDT
Updated Mar 28, 2016 5:06 PM CDT

Those of you who figured 27-year-old Jessica Lowndes (star of the 90210 reboot and a number of TV movies) and 58-year-old Jon Lovitz couldn't possibly be engaged were correct, Entertainment Weekly reports. The odd couple appeared to reveal a secret relationship in a series of odd social media posts over the weekend, People reported; on Instagram, Lowndes posted a shot of a noticeably older hand on her thigh, overlaid with the words "There's a new man in my life..." and the caption "His hands are wise and tell a thousand stories... #smitten #hatersgonnahate." There was also a reference to a sugar daddy, a picture of what appeared to be an engagement ring, a video of Lowndes in bed with what sounds like Lovitz's distinctive voice in the background, and Lovitz's own tweet featuring a photo of him and Lowndes captioned, "Easter with my bunny, @jessicalowndes !!!"

Many, many headlines were made, though skepticism ran rampant from the get-go. As Uproxx pointed out, "it just seems strange being that Lovitz has never been married or in a public relationship before, to the point that his Wikipedia page literally does not even have a 'personal life' section." Mashable rounded up tweets from some of the wary readers. Example: "I only have 30 mins free wifi at the airport but I'm making the most of it by reading Jessica Lowndes/Jon Lovitz conspiracy theories." JustJared's sources claimed the "relationship" is actually a publicity stunt for a music project Lowndes is working on, and they were right: Per EW, Lowndes admitted in an Instagram video Monday that the whole thing was a prank meant to draw attention to her new music video, which stars Lovitz. The two apparently became fast friends while guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O last year. (Read more Jon Lovitz stories.)

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