Why Twitter is suddenly full of fake Margot Robbie dating rumors
For the record, Margot Robbie is married to an English movie producer named Tom Ackerley, with whom she co-owns a production company. However, this hasn’t stopped people from tweeting dozens of increasingly ridiculous dating rumors this week, linking Robbie to a slew of pro athletes.
If you’ve been scratching your head at the sudden influx of fake Margot Robbie relationship updates, here’s the deal.
The meme began on Jan. 27, seemingly thanks to an inaccurate tweet from a baseball podcast linking her to one of the Toronto Blue Jays. (No such TMZ story exists, and to be honest, Margot Robbie’s minimal level of TMZ coverage emphasizes how drama-free her love life actually is.)
Sports Twitter quickly picked this up as a new meme format, posting fake TMZ headlines claiming that Robbie is now dating various baseball and football players—along with more unlikely figures in the sports world.
In itself, it honestly isn’t a very creative meme. But as the fake TMZ headlines began to spread, some of the athletes responded publicly on Twitter, playing along with the joke.
At this point, Robbie’s list of potential suitors got increasingly absurd, as the “per TMZ” meme escaped sports Twitter and spread elsewhere, reaching the probably-inevitable point of linking Margot Robbie to inanimate objects.
As for Margot Robbie herself, she hasn’t responded to the meme because she isn’t active on social media. And let’s be real here, there’s no real need to deny the obviously-fake rumors. Despite her A-list status, Robbie isn’t really a tabloid fixture, choosing to keep her private life private—and, as far as we know, remain boringly married to a guy she started dating almost a decade ago.
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*First Published: Feb 2, 2023, 12:01 pm CST
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor