Fact Check: Lainey Wilson Has NOT Endorsed Weight-Loss Gummies

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Lainey Wilson Has NOT Endorsed Weight-Loss Gummies Gummies Scam

Did American singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson endorse weight-loss gummies in a video posted on Facebook? No, that's not true: The audio has been edited from a video originally posted on Wilson's Instagram page. In June 2023, Wilson issued a statement on her verified Instagram that these claims about her taking weight-loss gummies "ain't true."

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) where it was published on April 20, 2024. The caption read:

Shark Tank Warns: Beware of Other Keto Scam Ads. Read the REAL stories of popular celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Lainey Wilson, John Goodman who have changed their lives beyond recognition with the help of our only officially licensed Keto product.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Apr 22 14:09:18 2024 UTC)

In the claim posted on Facebook, video shows Wilson sitting in front of a camera and speaking while a voice sounding like hers tells users that she lost weight using "weight-loss gummies" as purportedly seen on the TV show, "Shark Tank." But the spoken words do not match mouth movements on the video, and there is a moment in the video, at 0:17, where Wilson's mouth is moving but no words are heard.

The video this weight-loss gummy post uses is from Lainey Wilson's verified Instagram account. In June 2023, Wilson posted an Instagram video, sitting and in the same outfit seen in the claim, where she denied claims that she endorsed weight-loss gummies (archived here). It appears that the gummies post on Facebook took the June 2023 video, added inauthentic audio, and created the April 2024 gummies video.

In Wilson's original video, she states:

Alright, y'all. By now I'm sure a lot of y'all have seen some ads about me losing weight, being hospitalized and then I started taking some weight loss gummies and blah, blah, blah, it saved my life. Well, surprise. It ain't true. People will do whatever to make a dollar even if it is lies. 'Cause ain't nobody sent me any gummies. If I have lost weight it's because I am working hard and playing an hour-and-a-half shows, running around every night of my life. And to be honest, me losing weight or gaining weight ain't got anything to do with my music. I love y'all, I just don't want y'all spending your money on something that ain't real. Do not fall for it. But I tell you what, it'd be real nice if they made some gummies that made your ass tell the truth. You get a gummy, you get a gummy, we all getting gummies.

The accompanying caption reads:

PSA if y'all have seen these ads, they're entirely fake. Don't fall for them and help me out by reporting them when you see them 🤘🏻

Lead Stories did a search using keywords on Google News, visible here, which found no credible documents or reporting to corroborate the Facebook claim (archived here).

Lead Stories has debunked multiple claims that weight loss gummies have been endorsed by celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Elon Musk, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Other false celebrity-endorsed gummy claims fact checked by Lead Stories can be found here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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