Hey, it’s a free country. We’re entitled to our own beliefs, right? But that doesn’t stop folks from having some pretty crazy conspiracy theories though. As the internet becomes even more inundated with misinformation, the lines between fact and fiction get a little blurry and even downright silly.
Celebs like to keep their lives private so there’s no shortage of made up viral stories out there. We rounded up some of the most ridiculous celeb conspiracies out there.
JonBenét Ramsey was kidnapped and is actually Katy Perry
According to some wild conspiracists out there, the child beauty pageant queen did not in fact die in 1996. Instead, the 6-year-old Ramsey was kidnapped and raised in secrecy, only to resurface a decade later as the pop star we now know as Katy Perry. It also doesn’t help Perry’s case that her parents do look uncannily similar to Ramsey’s parents. It would be quite the cover up if it weren’t for a few holes in the theory. One, Perry is six years older than Ramsey, and two, Ramsey never went missing; her body was in fact recovered back in 1996. Though we can confirm that JonBenét Ramsey is not Katy Perry we may never know the exact circumstances behind the ill-fated beauty queen’s death.
Nicki Minaj is actually Jay-Z
Can’t really imagine very many people taking this claim very seriously but if you slow down a Nicki Minaj song she apparently sounds just like Jay-Z. I imagine if you slow down any track enough you can make anybody sound like a man. Not to mention they both have New York accents. But hey, hear for yourself, it’s a hilarious observation nonetheless.
Brittney Spears worked for George W. Bush
Everybody seems to remember when Britney Spears underwent her erratic personal life crisis and consumed the news cycle. Fewer though are able to recall what George W. Bush was up to during that same time. The correlation? Brittney Spears was obviously a paid diversion by the Bush Administration to keep the press off their back. The proof on this conspiracy rely on some interesting coincidences though.
For example, Spears’ much talked about kiss with Madonna occurred around the same time Bush was getting into hot water about the Iraq War. While another time she and her beau Kevin Federline split up the day before a key midterm election. She also once told the public to support Bush in “every decision that he makes.”
Avril Lavigne has a clone
As the story goes sometime between 2002 and now, Avril Lavigne passed away and has since been replaced by a clone or body double. Rabid fans claim that the real Avril didn’t like public appearances so she hired a body double named Melissa. But when Lavigne suddenly died, Melissa took over full-time. Conspiracists point to the differences between old and current photos of Avril, as well as pictures where the pop star has the name “Melissa” written on her hand.
Lorde is actually 40-years-old
As the theory goes, no 20-something is emotionally intelligent to write such verbose lyrics as Lorde so the only logical reason is simple; the pop star is actually a classically-trained 40-year-old musician masquerading as a young musical prodigy. Along with the loads of talent well beyond her years, some folks have claimed that her birth certificate looks a little fishy. But beyond that, the skeptics don’t really have that much proof to go off of. Some folks in their 20s just give off middle-aged energy.
Kanye West cheated on Kim K. with Jeffrey Star
Kanye West is an endless source for tabloids, so when this rumor broke fans and gossip mags went crazy. The rumor first started after Star posted a pic of himself on Instagram. Eagle-eyed theorists claimed to have spotted Ye in the reflection of his glasses which seemed to confirm the rumor that the rapper had cheated on his wife Kim Kardashian with the fashion mogul. Both celebs also spend a lot of time in Wyoming which was apparently all the proof that people needed, but alas, Star dismissed the whole fling as nothing more than a rumor.
Disney created Frozen to cover up the cryogenically frozen Walt Disney rumors
Since Walt Disney’s passing in 1996, there have been conspiracies that his body was cryogenically frozen by the company. We’re not here to talk about that conspiracy specifically but rather another conspiracy surrounding that conspiracy. Some believe that Disney named the famed animated movie Frozen to distract fans from the cryogenically frozen rumors. Interestingly enough, if you try to google “Disney Frozen” the movie shows up more than any other results. It’s also worth noting that Disney decided not to go with the original name “The Snow Queen” but instead decided on “Frozen.” Some believe the new name was strategically chosen by the company for this exact purpose. But is it true? You be the judge!
Steve Jobs is alive!
Did you guys hear? Steve Jobs is alive after all! Reddit said so! The proof? This picture from 2018 of a man in Egypt with a striking resemblance to the late Apple CEO. Though Jobs passed away in 2011, folks in the comments had no issue passing around some theories and jokes that the tech guru was in hiding. Another peculiar detail is that the doppelgänger here is barefoot and it is a fairly well-known fact that Jobs liked to walk around barefoot while working. But other than some uncannily resemblances, there is no merit to this viral conspiracy.
Richard Gere did what with a hamster?
This has to be the mother of all celebrity urban legends. It’s up there with Marilyn Manson getting some ribs removed so he can suck himself off, Walt Disney’s frozen head, and Marilyn Monroe shacking it up with JFK. As the one-sentence story goes, actor Richard Gere was once admitted into the ER…to get a gerbil removed from his butt. As no surprise the actor has since dismissed the crazy urban legend but that hasn’t stopped the rumor from permeating throughout media all the way up to the coinage of the term “gerbiling.” Well, let you use your imagination as to what the former means.
But did it really happen? Well, thanks to the exhaustive work of National Inquirer columnist, Mike Walker, we can finally put the conspiracy to rest. In 1995, after months of investigation and cross examination, Walker was able to verify that the rumor was nothing more than just some really disturbing, raunchy fiction.