Earlier today, The Hollywood Gossip published an article claiming that there is reason to believe that Kim Kardashian is romantically involved with Marquette King, a punter for the Oakland Raiders.
There is no factual basis to this claim.
We regret the error, and we would like to issue our sincerest apologies to Mrs. Kardashian West, her husband, Mr. Kanye West, and to Mr. King.
The speculation in the article was based on information that previously appeared on The Inquisitr, Terez Owens, and Hollywood Life.
Those sites have since retracted their reports, and it is now incumbent upon THG to follow suit.
We regret any harm we may have caused in reporting on this unsubstantiated rumor, and we hope that this retraction will help to stanch the flow of misinformation that might be detrimental to any parties involved.
We would like to reiterate that there is no reason to believe that Mrs. Kardashian West is any romantically involved with Mr. King or has ever been unfaithful to Mr. West.
While the word "Gossip" is in our name, we at THG pride ourselves on bringing you the most up-to-date and accurate celebrity news available.
However, the nature of online media in 2016 means that we occasionally fall victim to inaccurate or unfounded reports.
We feel that on those occasions, it is our obligation to both our readers and to the parties about whom we are reporting to accept responsibility and clarify the matter to the best of our ability.
We hope that Mrs. Kardashian West, Mr. West, Mr. King, and anyone who feels they were misled by this morning's report will accept our sincerest apology.
We would also like to take this opportunity to renew our commitment to identifying facts as facts and rumors as rumors.
The events of the past few months have reminded us all of the crucial role played by members of the media with regard to the presentation of information to large audiences.
Whether we're reporting on a frivolous matter for entertainment purposes, or an important issue that deserves your full attention, it is our goal to make our readers feel that they have no reason to question the accuracy of the facts they find on THG.
We hope today's error has not caused you to lose trust in our ability to achieve that goal.