Morgan Freeman finally denies “romantic relationship” with step-granddaughter

*Morgan Freeman and his step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines, in happier times.

For the past three years or so, The Enquirer has been running stories about Morgan Freeman and his possible decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines. E’Dena and Morgan are not related by blood – she’s the daughter of one of Morgan’s step-children, but Morgan did have a hand in raising her. You can read more of our coverage here and here and here. The whole situation was rather creepy, and The Enquirer kept going at it like they had a good source, somebody close to the situation. In later reports, it seemed more and more like The Enquirer’s source was either Morgan’s estranged (and now ex) wife, or someone close to her. What’s interesting is that the majority of The Enquirer’s reporting was throughout 2010, and a little bit in 2011. And now here we are, April 2012, and Morgan has finally said something about the stories:

Morgan Freeman is adamant … he has NEVER had a romantic relationship with his 27-year-old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines … and slams all of the reports to the contrary as “defamatory fabrications.”

Morgan just released a statement responding to recent reports that he and Hines have been dating for roughly 10 years and were planning to get married in the very near future.

Freeman’s rep tells us the actor remained silent for years because he didn’t want to “dignify these stories by commenting” … but now he feels compelled to speak out after the reports were picked up by various “mainstream media” outlets.

In his statement, Freeman says, “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”

E’Dena has also issued a statement … saying, “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.”

For the record, E’Dena is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. She and Morgan are not related by blood.

[From TMZ]

At one point, the Enquirer made it seem like his affair with E’Dena was so hush-hush that Morgan had “official” dates for various red carpets. Plus, he actually “cheated” on E’Dena regularly (allegedly) – meaning that he was often in the company of ladies, and trying to pin him down about just one “girlfriend” is a lost cause. The Enquirer also said that at one point, E’Dena was basically blackmailing Morgan into continuing their relationship, threatening to go public with the whole sordid story unless he continued their relationship. So… I don’t know. I didn’t think Morgan would ever issue a statement about all of this stuff, and I’m surprised that E’Dena spoke up too. Maybe they finally broke off their affair and neither of them is looking back? Or maybe it never happened (although I think it did).

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. someone says:

    i really thought they did have a relationship! this was the one thing that made me sort of not love morgan freeman. the man is an amazing actor, but if this is really true, it’s somewhat (ok REALLY) off-putting…

  2. T.C. says:

    Granddaughter ? Yuck. Don’t care if related by blood or not. The ex wife could be making it up.

  3. Schnauzers!!! says:

    I don’t think it happened.

    • Aiobhan says:

      Me neither! I don’t know if I am biased because i like him as an actor or because this just seems like a writer for the magazine was bored and tried to drum up a story to see if they could. I don’t know.

  4. Gene Parmesan says:

    he is too damn old for all this nonsense. He should know better

  5. fabgrrl says:

    Yeah…I’m beginning to think this was all made up out of bitterness. It was a great, horrifying, juicy story, but it doesn’t seem to have any legs. I think something would have come of it by now, don’t you? I feel awful now that I believed it, and thought so badly of Morgan Freeman. Until I see some solid evidence I am going to continue my original respect and admiration for the man. And he was right to ignore such a disgusting rumor.

    Also, wasn’t she 27 three years ago?

  6. hoya_chick says:

    If such a sordid accusation was being thrown about and it wasn’t true why wouldn’t he take legal action?!! Most people believed that this happen(me included). The fact that they both waited so long to deny it and he didn’t sue to get a retraction/monetary damages to clear his good name (love him as an actor and up until this have never really heard anything disparaging about him) makes me wonder if there wasn’t some validity to the claim. It’s gross to even think about and he is still an actor I like but the damage has definitely been done.

    • lin234 says:

      I completely agree! I believed it too years ago and I still kind of do just because it so out of the left field.

      He’s always playing the role of the wise mentor but after that accusation, I could never look at him in movies without thinking of this rumour.

  7. spinner says:

    I think this really did happen. The only reason they are coming out about it now is because they’re not together now.
    He’s creepy.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I hope it didn’t happen. NE never had any actual proof, just rumors, and in this day and age I think it’s pretty easy for someone to start a rumor and have it take off. If he was going through a rough divorce, that might be the source of it.

  9. anti-icon says:

    In 2010, I believe the source on this story were actual court documents filed by Morgan’s wife, as the REASON for the marriage dissoulution. And there was additional reporting from a woman who was in a car accident with Morgan, who fled the scene and refused to talk. Yes, I do believe this is true. This new “denial” is I believe, Freeman’s attempt to escape what seemingly has turned sour between he and grand daughter. He never denied this then. And it was widely reported, considering it all went down in the South, NOT Hollywood. I believe it. But I did not WANT to believe it. I believe it even more now, with this VERY LATE denial…..which is lame.

  10. Ro says:

    I believe it, because outlets rarely make super-scandalous crap like that up. When something is that gross, it’s likely true. People make up things about celebrities all the time, but they rarely go so far.

    I also agree with spinner, that they’re probably only finally denying it because it’s (long?) over.

    And, (unfortunately,) I don’t think the damage *has* been done. I don’t think anybody either knows/cares about this beyond the gossip blog circles. This has probably barely made a dent in his career. I’m sure Morgan will be getting paid big bucks to play the same shaky, wise old man for years to come.

  11. sup says:

    except he did deny it before (his publicist did) but that was 1 or 2 years ago i think. no big hoopla happened after that. celebs don’t deny very derogatory claims by themselves they let their teams handle it. btw i don’t believe this ever happens. nasty rumour

    • anti-icon says:

      Can you link to a denial? I followed this story and never saw any denial at all…anywhere. Just curious….and of course, it’s absolutely none of my business anyway. LOL

      • sup says:

        sorry, can’t 🙁 it was a couple of years back or at least a long while back and i can’t remember which site it was on :/

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