When Star Magazine recently ran an article claiming that actor Ashton Kutcher cheated on his wife of five years, Demi Moore, things got heated.  Kutcher’s lawyer, Marty Singer, recently released a statement to Us Weekly saying, “Star Magazine continuously publishes lies about Ashton Kutcher and many other celebrities.  This is not the first, nor will it be the last time they engage in reckless conduct.”  The article in question featured a quote from a 21-year-old, who said she “made love on his living room couch while Demi was out of town.”  Kutcher had faced previous accusations from Star Magazine.  At the beginning of the month Star reported that Kutcher had a brief flame with a “a sexy, young, 20-something.”  Kutcher took to his Twitter page to protest the accusations.  He tweeted, “I think Star magazine calling me a ‘cheater’ qualifies as defamation of character. I hope my lawyer agrees.  STAR magazine – you don’t get to stand behind ‘freedom of the press’ when you are writing fiction.”What do you do if you’re faced with rumors that your partner is cheating?

Cupid’s Advice:

1. Get the facts: Most rumors are as superficial as the people who create them.  However, the occasional rumor may have some merit.  Don’t accuse your partner of cheating, but don’t completely dismiss it either.  After hard thoughts and questions, if you still deem the claim completely unreliable, then simply leave it alone.

2. Laugh it off: Most rumors are not worth your time.  Sometimes they’re just a sign of jealousy from an outside person who isn’t happy in their own life.  If you have trust then that should be enough to hold you and your partner together.  Laugh off the rumors … sometimes they’re pretty funny!

3. Confront those responsible: While most rumors are trivial, some of them have the potential to seriously harm your relationship and create stress.  If you must stop the rumors, then try confronting the source.  Most people gossip for fun, and they should stop when they see that it has truly hurt you.