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While we're pondering the future of Will Smith and wifey Jada Pinkett Smith's possibly-not-so-blessed union, the duo is taking to the streets to prove they've got what it takes to stick of nasty break up rumors.
And while we can maybe see through their smiley façade, this is hardly the first time a couple has made a bold (and very obvious) PR move to silence naysayers.
So, while we await Will and Jada's next savvy moves, we thought we'd look back at five other couples who fought rumors of trouble in paradise with a little PR:
1. Eva Longoria
Parker and Tony Parker
The easiest way to combat nasty gossip is by having your rep release a statement. Which is exactly what Eva and her b'ball-playing hubby Tony did when rumors of an impending divorce started swirling. The Desperate Housewives star's rep called the news "100 percent false."
Verdict: A day after the couple denied divorce papers were filed, they actually did file divorce papers.
2. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
If a publicist's statement doesn't work—Madonna's PR peeps told People magazine, "There are no plans for Madonna and Guy to divorce"—it's best to get papped with your beau. 'Cause, as they say, photos don't lie. Which is why Madge and Guy were spotted holding hands and going to dinner amidst divorce rumors.
Verdict: The couple ended up parting ways a few months later, allowing Madonna to get her cougar prowl on.
3. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
If that saying "straight from the horse's mouth" is true, then the horse in this par-tick sitch is Katy Perry, who fought rumors that she and her hubby Russell were splitting by taking to Twitter. "Just cause we don't flaunt our relationship doesn't mean there's something wrong w/it," she tweeted. "Privacy is our luxury. #tabloidsrtrash #gossipisgross"
Verdict: The unconventional couple is still tweeting each other in wedded harmony. #butforhowlong
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4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em! Which is what Brangelina did when Britain's News of the World sparked some seriously nasty breakup rumors about the tabloid staple, saying the twosome met with lawyers to divide assets and set up custody. The suit ended up settling.
Verdict: The globe-trotting couple is still very much together and they (and their pack of kiddos) is set on conquering the world.
5. Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere
When all else fails...take out a full page advertisement! In 1994, Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford's vows (and sexuality) came under scrutiny, and many said the twosome were dunzo. Their response? A $30,000 ad in The Times of London, saying, "We are heterosexual and monogamous and take our commitment to each other very seriously."
Verdict: Later that year the couple went their separate ways. In retrospect, we're sure they think that could have been money better spent.