It's time to put the rumors to rest: Morgan Freeman isn't planning to tie the knot with his step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines, who is 47 years his junior.
"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," Morgan tells TMZ in a statement. "What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well."
Hines is the granddaughter of Morgan's first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, whom he divorced in 1979; he and E'Dena are not related by blood. Morgan married Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984, but they split in 2010.
The actor's granddaughter Hines also refuted the reports Thursday, telling TMZ: "These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family."
Morgan has been professionally acting since 1964. His most prominent movies include Driving Miss Daisy, Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins, Wanted and RED.
- Morgan Freeman