By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have separated.
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Legal documents obtained by Today revealed that Jonas had filed for the divorce, with his petition stating that his and Turner's marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
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Ever since the news of their divorce was made public, several articles painting Turner in a negative light have been published by media outlets — namely TMZ, which said that a source “with direct knowledge” told them, “She likes to party, he likes to stay at home. They have very different lifestyles.” Page Six was quick to follow suit, publishing an article about Turner “downing shots” at a bar just “days before” the reports of her divorce were made public.
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Given how quickly these reports from anonymous “sources” started to appear online, it wasn’t long before fans began to speculate that the so-called “smear campaign” against Turner was being led by Jonas' camp. This theory was fueled further when paparazzi photos of Jonas with his and Turner's two kids — both of whom have been kept out of the spotlight over the years — suddenly surfaced across the internet, too.
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After several fans accused Jonas and his team of attempting to demonize Turner, the singer wound up hinting that he had nothing to do with all the reports around the speculative comments on their marital issues. "If you don't hear it from these lips, don't believe it, OK?" he said at a recent concert.
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And this support toward Turner is also incredibly apparent through her growing Instagram audience, with the actor gaining over 150,000 followers over the past 30 days, according to analytics site Social Blade.
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What’s more, some users have gone on to compare the media coverage of Turner to the way Britney Spears was demonized in the press following her breakup from Justin Timberlake in 2004.
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Timberlake made a series of crude comments about the "Toxic" singer during interviews around the time of their split, which perpetuated the unfair way she was treated by the public. He ended up apologizing to Spears in 2021.
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