Angelo Pennetta for WSJ. Magazine
In early April, sources said the two were taking a break. But just a few weeks later, Stone emerged from their shared stylist's office carrying a bag labeled with Garfield's name. Was that her way of addressing the split rumors? As she says in the July/August issue WSJ. Magazine, "See, I never talk about this stuff for this exact reason—because it's all so speculative and baseless. Once you start responding—once you're like, 'No, that's not true'—then they're like, 'Well, if we push enough, we'll get a comment, so let's see what else we can make up.' I understand the interest in it completely, because I've had it, too. But it's so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don't talk about it."
Stone could have turned the bag around to avoid the speculation. "When I picked up the bag, I was like, 'This is kind of funny if there are any [paparazzi] out there,'" she says. "There's probably some rebelliousness that comes out in me after all these stories and people texting you for weeks about something that, for the most part, is not true. But even when it's false, I would rather just let it be false."