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Actor Keanu Reeves speaks during his handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX forecourt on May 14, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (AFP/Valerie Macon)
Recently, an article on an American lifestyle aggregator – alleging that a celebrity interview published by Star2.com on May 28, 2019, never took place – was brought to our attention.
The interview was with actor Keanu Reeves, written by US correspondent Philip Berk for his fortnightly column Hollywood Confidential, published in print by StarLifestyle.
Berk is a member (and former President) of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a non-profit organisation of journalists who report on the US entertainment industry for media groups outside the US. The HFPA also conducts the Golden Globe Awards.
Berk, a longtime columnist for Star Media Group, confirmed that his interview took place at the Four Seasons New York in April 2019, at a press conference between the HFPA and Reeves, who was promoting his new film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
In the article Keanu Reeves says he is a lonely guy, Reeves referred to himself as “the lonely guy” when asked about what love means to him. The aggregator, however, claims “a rep for Keanu Reeves” denied the quote and told its reporter that the interview never happened.
Berk, who has been a journalist for 40 years, has clarified that the “lonely guy” comment did come from a previous interview he had with Reeves, and refutes the unverified allegation that he fabricated any of his interviews with the actor.