The Cashley nuptials conspiracy exploded again this weekend when UK gossip rag The Sun misreported that the pair had married in a £245 Elvis-themed secret ceremony in Vegas, with Charlize Theron, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner reportedly in attendance.
E! quickly debunked the story, learning from sources and Las Vegas public record, that Ashley and Cara did not, in fact, get married. However, the gossip was based on legitimate sitings of the couple at the "Little Vegas Chapel" earlier this year, where an ordained Elvis impersonator has been known to marry celebs in the past. E! discovered by talking with the venue owner, that the reason Cara and Ashely were at the chapel earlier this year was, in fact, for a legally non-binding "friendship ceremony."
What, you might ask, is a friendship ceremony? Particularly the kind that happens in Vegas? Are bracelets and hair-braiding involved? A blood pact?
Thanks to The Cut's crucial reporting, we can confirm that the Little Vegas Chapel's "Famous Friendship Ceremonies" are a "commitment" ceremony for couples who aren't "ready to tie the knot, but want to do something special and exciting while in Las Vegas." The chapel actually offers a wide variety of non-binding wedding options, including a full-on "Pretend Wedding Package." Oh!
The advertising really emphasizes how "fun" these ceremonies are, which is in line with the reports from the Sun's sources, who mistook the friendship ritual for a wedding.
Whatever it was, apparently, it was a great-ass time (no word, on if the Vegas-loving Jonas' and Theron were definitely present). "They were sure about what they are doing and they were sure about what they mean to each other," Michael Kelly told the Sun. "They were clearly devoted to each other and they had the biggest smiles on their faces. You could see that they were serious about what they were doing but having the most fun. They wanted it simple, quiet and easy."
Since the whole debate is really just gossip sites flinging shit at a wall, the most reliable answer to question of whether or not Cashley are married, still appears to be from Ashley's mom Shannon. The celeb momma posted on Instagram after the engagement rumors blew up. Spot the lie.