(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Gosling was the victim of a Father's Day hoax that had many of his fans believing he adopted a child.
This past Saturday, a bogus Facebook page claiming to belong to Gosling showed a picture of the 33-year-old Drive actor smiling and holding a baby boy.
The photo was accompanied by the touching story of how Ryan came to adopt the baby when he was nine months old.
“His mom and I were great friends before she passed away from cancer," the post reads. “I promised her, I'd always look after him. So, I had decided to step up and become his dad. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything."
It goes on to explain that a year after the adoption, his biological father wanted the baby back. "Of course, I put up a fight, but he won. That 1 year of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally," the post stated.
The post ends by urging fans to "stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. What I truly learned most of all is, every child needs love."
The post links to another page where fans are encouraged to buy an "exclusive limited-edition" T-shirt with the words "Young Wild and Free." It claims those who sign up will automatically be entered for a chance to win a date with Gosling. All proceeds, it promises, will go to the fictitious Orphanage Home Foundation.
The bogus story obviously had a lot of people fooled, earning 945,798 likes and 52,547 shares.
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