A story claiming Barack and Michelle Obama have filed for a divorce after the former US President admitted to being gay, is fake and stems from a satire website.
The full headline reads: 'Michelle Obama Files For Divorce After Shocking Revelation; Barack Obama Admits: 'I'm Gay!' and is featured on the home page of the web publication.
The site writes news stories for entertainment purposes only, often satirising celebrities and public figures. Excerpts from the article include: "Former President Barack Obama announced late last night that he had filed for divorce from his wife of 27 years, Michelle Obama, after he revealed a secret double life as a homosexual."
The satire piece also includes a ficticious quote from the former US President stating: "It is with a bit of sadness and a whole lot of relief that I announce that Michelle and I have decided to separate, as I have admitted to her, as I'm doing now to the rest of the world, that I am a homosexual."
Social media users have in the past, and once again with the resurrection of this story believed it to be true.
Michelle Obama Files For Divorce After Shocking Revelation; Barack Obama Admits: 'I'm Gay!' | Empire News أوباما يتقدم بدعوى طلاق من زوجته لأنه شاذ جنسيا https://t.co/EXXiTD07iW— د. عبد الله الحميدان (@homeadan) January 27, 2020
Michelle Obama Files For Divorce After Shocking Revelation; Barack Obama Admits: 'I'm Gay!'— Almarri (@Almarri2011) January 28, 2020
POSTED ON JANUARY 18, 2020 BY BOB THE EMPIRE NEWS POTATO
Former President Barack Obama announced late last night that he had filed for divorce from his wife of 27 years, Michelle Obama,
BOOM can confirm that while Empire News is isolated in reporting this story at the moment, the site even has a disclaimer stating that they are exclusively for entertainment purposes only. They further elaborate that the news stories on public figures are for satirization and parody purposes only.
The website's About section features the disclaimer: "Empire News is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses only fictional names, except in cases of public figure and celebrity parody or satirization. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental."
The website also runs other satire on political figures and trending news topics such as 'BREAKING: President Trump Arrested Leaving Trump Tower in New York' and 'Parent Company of Corona Beer Sues China Over Bad Press During Their Coronavirus Scare'.
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