No, Leonardo DiCaprio hasn't purchased a summer home in Colorado Springs.
But a fake news story published on a satirical website has fooled plenty of people into thinking that he has.
And it's hardly the first time something like this has happened in these parts.
The article in question, headlined "Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Summer Home in Colorado Springs," begins like so:
In a surprise to everyone in Los Angeles and certainly everyone in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oscar winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio announced today in an interview that he had bought a house in Colorado Springs and would be moving there soon. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. I love the mountains and the beautiful scenery near Colorado Springs and I’m looking for a change,” DiCaprio told the magazine.
The piece goes on to quote DiCaprio as saying, “I just want to move to a place that feels so different than what I’ve been used to for most of my life and I think this will be a great place to spend the summer." Also cited is an "assistant," who maintains that "“Leo immediately fell in love with the relaxed lifestyle of the Colorado Springs area and the tranquil beauty of the mountains nearby and was telling everyone that he was going to move there.”
A DiCaprio move to Colorado isn't absurd on its face, particularly given his fondness for vaping. He was caught on camera with a vape pen at the Screen Actors Guild awards earlier this year, but left the gadget home during the subsequent Oscar ceremony, as pointed out in this tweet:
Problem is, the McKenzie Post bills itself as "the premiere fantasy news site in the world! All news articles on mckenziepost.com are satire or pure fantasy."
Moreover, the site has a habit of writing stories about celebrities moving to unusual places. The Post has also claimed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are moving to Newport, Rhode Island, Justin Bieber is relocating to Sandy, Oregon, and Tom Cruise is putting down stakes in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Oh yeah: The site previously maintained that DiCaprio planned to live in Woodstock, Illinois.
Knowing this makes many of the more than 100 comments on the DiCaprio/Colorado Springs piece at this writing all the more hilarious. Some examples:
It is a great place to live. Watch out for the drivers here, they are truly off the charts! Where else do you see 3 cars in a row, run a red light?
And the 3 plates from those cars are from the following states, California, Texas, and Florida.
Hmmm. of all the places in Colorado to chose?!? — coming from a 45 year resident who grew up in the Springs and moved to another, less schizophrenic, Colorado city.
He is going there to get away from media and people bugging him lol. Leave the poor guy alone.
Also in the comment section — the following pitch for an interview from a local DJ on Mountain Country, a Colorado Springs radio station:
I would love to welcome you to Colorado Springs by possibly allowing me to interview you on our new Country Radio Station "Mountain Country 107.3."
I am the afternoon on-air Disc Jockey Derek Shane & we are a small family owned & operated station here in the Springs & it would be an honor to do so. If interested you can get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks & welcome to Colorado Springs, CO.smile emoticon I've lived here 35 years & still love it!
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Sorry, Derek, but the Post's DiCaprio report is just as bogus as satires that circulated after the legalization of marijuana — including the one that said 37 people had died from pot overdoses on the first day or the claim that Representative Michele Bachmann was busted for driving stoned in Fort Collins.
But it's a nice fantasy.