An exclusive People cover featuring Taylor Lautner announcing he's gay has been revealed to be a hoax.

The January 17, 2012 issue includes Lautner, the 19-year-old co-star of The Twilight Saga film series, wearing jeans, a gray v-neck t-shirt and a black leather jacket as he crouches behind the headline: “EXCLUSIVE TAYLOR LAUTNER OUT & PROUD.”

“Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out,” the fake cover reads and quotes Lautner as saying: “I'm more liberated, and happier than I've ever been.”

According to, a People magazine representative has confirmed that the cover is “absolutely fake.”

The website also observed that the cover had most likely been created by photoshopping a May 2006 People cover which included identical sidebar news items of Brad Pitt and Carnie Wilson.

The fake cover appears just two months after GQ apologized for asking Lautner if director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black, the team behind the Oscar-winning film Milk, hit on him during a work-related dinner meeting. Lautner answered that they did not. “I think they know I'm straight,” he said.