This morning, OK! magazine ran a story claiming Rachel Zoe was secretly three months pregnant. Plenty of sites pounced on the rumor because, well, it’s Rachel Zoe, and the entire third season of her Bravo show revolved around her and Rodger’s baby-making drama. But while we couldn’t be happier if Zoe actually were pregnant, there’s something about pregnancy speculation — particularly in a woman over 30 — that has us feeling a bit icky. Not, however, as icky as OK! is feeling, since the page that originally housed their Zoe rumor is now dead. What’s the deal?
Here’s what OK!’s original story said:
“She’s going to be going on maternity leave from full time styling immediately after this year’s Academy Awards, and doesn’t expect to work again until early fall at the earliest…
“Rachel never really told anyone close to her that she and her husband Roger [sic] were trying for a baby, and because of her ultra-skinny figure and habits as a workaholic it was the last thing on anyone’s mind.”
“Rachel even requests that clients don’t bring their children to fittings at her studio, so there’s never been any real clue that this is something she was longing for, a source adds. “But now that she’s pregnant, she’s telling people that this is something that she and Roger [sic] have wanted for many years and she’s finally at a level of success where she can afford to take some time off.”
“She’s going to be going on maternity leave from full time styling immediately after this year’s Academy Awards, and doesn’t expect to work again until early fall at the earliest. She and Rodger are especially happy and Rachel, who can normally be quite emotionless, even teared up a few times as she started letting people in on the news.”
Most publications treated the news with a grain of salt. Jezebel, in particular, wrote:
As you may recall, Ok! also claimed that Jennifer Aniston was pregnant and ran a cover picture of Michael Jackson when he was already dead. So: Grain of salt.
New York Mag’s The Cut blog isn’t buying the hype either, though they suspect Zoe’s camp is behind it.
Team Zoe hasn’t confirmed the rumor, so it’s still very much that at this point. It’s also suspicious because the timing couldn’t be more perfect: This is the first week after the season finale of The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo, so it’s one way to inject that extra bit of Zoe back into Middle America’s lives. Also, it distracts from the rumors that Rachel split with Brad because of a clash of egos. Whether planted or not, the rumor also gives Rachel ample time to work up some sort of merchandising deal for Zoe-branded baby things.
Considering the story has been pulled, we highly doubt Zoe’s camp was behind it. And while we’ve reached out to both them and OK! for comment, we haven’t heard back yet.
That said, this story is exactly the trouble with early pregnancy rumors: sometimes they’re true, sometimes they’re false, and the difference between the two can’t always be found in the source, but in the health of the mother and the baby. [See also: the methodology behind Gawker's Tabloid Reality Index.]
Mazel tov to Zoe if she’s expecting, but otherwise, we’re going to wait on this story until we hear it from the horse’s mouth.