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'I'm not that clever!' SJP says she didn't mean to taunt 'SATC' fans with cryptic photo

/ Source: TODAY

Sarah Jessica Parker fueled rumors of a third "Sex and the City" movie in May when she shared an Instagram photo of herself exiting Bloomingdale's with the cryptic caption, "I guess the cat's out of the (little brown) bag."

Shortly after, she clarified that she'd been referring to the news that her shoe line, the SJP Collection, was launching at the department store, apologizing to followers who thought she was teasing a new film sequel.

In a new Cosmopolitan cover story, the actress revealed that she's still getting flak for the misunderstanding — but insisted it was never her intention to taunt fans hungry for another installment of the fabulous foursome.

For her first U.S. Cosmo cover Sarah Jessica Parker talks fashion, feminism, and the Carrie Bradshaw complex. Michael Thompson/Cosmopolitan

"Oh my god. When I posted that picture and people were in a rage at me, I was shocked. They were convinced I had been taunting them," she told the magazine.

"I'm not that clever! And to what end would I relish dangling this idea and then saying there's no movie? I'm still finding people and being like, 'No @BoobityBopBeep! Why would I hurt you?' I've never been a mean girl," she added.

Last October, Parker was similarly apologetic after fans misinterpreted an SJP Collection photo shoot she held in front of the West Village townhouse featured as Carrie Bradshaw's home on the show as another "Sex and the City 3" hint.

For her first U.S. Cosmo cover Sarah Jessica Parker talks fashion, feminism, and the Carrie Bradshaw complex.Michael Thompson/Cosmopolitan

Parker also opened up to Cosmo about the political issues foremost on her mind, beginning with "equality in pay" and "paid sick leave."

She continued, "The thing that would change people's lives maybe more than anything, assuming that we maintain access to health care, is child care. If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn't make her anxious all day — people would probably work in more efficient ways.

"How many times do you hear a wealthy person get asked, How do you do it all? If I'm asked that question one more time… I'm like, are you kidding me? Ask someone who looks like she's about to drop, 'How are you doing? How are you managing?'”

For more on Parker, pick up the August issue of Cosmopolitan on July 14.