updated 10/03/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/03/2013 AT 1:45 PM ET
But two people are quite certain that what Farrow asserts is bunk: Sinatra’s widow, Barbara, and Allen himself.
Barbara Sinatra, who was married to the legendary crooner from 1976 until his death in 1998, told Palm Springs, Calif., newspaper the Desert Sun that Farrow’s potential admission was “a phony deal.”
The newspaper reached the 85-year-old widow by phone Wednesday – shortly after Farrow’s shocking quasi-claim went public. Barbara Sinatra said she was not aware of Farrow’s comment before the phone call, but apparently dismissed it posthaste.
“I can’t hardly believe that. It’s just a bunch of junk. There’s always junk written – lies that aren’t true,” Sinatra told the paper, while also pointing out that Ol’ Blue Eyes, who would have been 72 when Ronan, now 25, was born, left nothing to the young man in his will.
Even so, Farrow, 68, told Vanity Fair she and Ronan have remained close to the Sinatra family for years, an assertion confirmed to the magazine by Frank’s daughter, Nancy, also 68.
Although Farrow and Frank were only married from 1966 to 1968, the actress said she and Frank “never really split up.” Asked point blank by Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth whether Sinatra fathered Ronan Farrow replied with one word: “Possibly.”
That was apparently news to Allen, who was involved with Farrow when Ronan was born in 1987 and issued a blunt response to Farrow’s claim.
The article is so fictitious and extravagantly absurd that he is not going to comment,” a representative for the filmmaker, 77, told the Associated Press.
But it appears the young man at the center of the controversy has taken a decidedly more humorous approach to the hullabaloo.
“Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son,” Ronan Farrow Tweeted Wednesday. His mother promptly retweeted the message.