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Actress, TV personality, and industry good girl Tamera Mowry-Housley had already been raked over the social media coals this year after rumors surfaced that her husband, Fox News senior correspondent Adam Housley voted for Trump. She stood by her man as he denied ever supporting the reality show star/POTUS, but some folks remained skeptical. Now, Tamera’s image may have taken yet another hit.

Twitter popped off this a.m. when The Root published a story titled “Tamera Mowry-Housley Says Women Should Be More Refined If They Want to Get a Man,” citing a 2013 story from XONecole. In the four-year-old piece, the mother of two is quoted as giving some advice to single women who want to join her in the wife club. Among the suggestions attributed to her, according to both The Root and XONecole, are to “be refined,” don’t live with your partner before marriage, and don’t have a ton of sex before finding your spouse because then sex will start to feel “old.”

(Yeah, not too hard to see why that didn’t play out very well on Twitter.)

Plot twist: it’s also worth noting that the interview wasn’t conducted by an XONecole writer and that they, too, had aggregated the story from another source.

The Real host was quickly taken to task for slut-shaming and promoting an antiquated approach to romance. When she caught wind of the widespread backlash, she took to Twitter to claim that she was misquoted in the original story and that the reporter who conducted the interview apologized years ago.

She then went on to retweet a few of her supporters, who said the XONecole report was confusing:

XONecole also responded, noting that CocoaFab, the site that allegedly conducted the original interview, is no longer around.

The Root apologized in an updated version of the original post:  “According to Tamera Mowry-Housley she did an interview with XoNecole (or Cocoa Fab), and the quotes were misquoted. We apologize for any confusion.”

This is a reminder to both content creators and readers to always check the credits (and the dates!) The hasty digital news cycle requires a consistent flow of stories and the fake news bait is easy to take— it’s happened to the best of us.

Was the (fake? Fake. Probably definitely fake.) advice really that bad? Or was it 100 times worse? Tweet us your thoughts.