Winston Churchill famously said that "a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on," a phrase more true in the age of internet than ever before. Because of the availability of information and the ease with which it spreads, stories can be shared around the world with just a click. This is particularly true about celebrities, who now not only have to deal with the paparazzi following them at every step, but with media outlets, fans and critics publishing outlandish stories about their lives (many of which are either exaggerated or untrue) on TV, in magazines, and on the internet. Being famous is certainly not for everyone. From harsh scrutiny about their looks and figures, to outlandish stories about their lives, it's no doubt that some of the stories being circulated in the media are likely news even to the celebrities themselves. Over the years some stories have gained such notoriety, it's difficult to not only trace their origins but also what the truth really is. Read on to find out about some of the most insane celebrity conspiracy theories and the stories behind them, and why these have persisted over the years.
10 Paul McCartney Died In A Car Crash And Was Replaced By A Lookalike.
Kicking off our list is one of the most famous celebrity conspiracy theories of all time - that the Paul McCartney we see today is actually a fake. Conspiracy theorists believe the real Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966, and was quickly replaced by a fan who had won a lookalike contest. The rumor began circulating in January of 1967, following a car accident involving Paul McCartney's car. The story quickly spread, with fans pointing to various Beatles lyrics, interviews, and messages found while playing their music backwards as clues to this cover up. One of the most often cited clues is found towards the end of the song Strawberry Fields Forever, where conspiracy theorists claim John Lennon can be heard as saying the words "I buried Paul." Although the rumors have frequently been dispelled by the Beatles members, as well as Paul McCartney himself, there are still some who strongly believe the conspiracy theory.
9 Kanye And Taylor Swift Staged The VMA Interruption
Some believe that the famous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for the Best Female Video at the 2009 VMAs by Kanye West, was planned to boost both stars' publicity. I'mma let you finish but it's worth noting that both musicians share the same agent, David Wirtschafter, a man who in 2008 helped stage a similar celebrity feud (this time between Kanye West and 50 Cent) in order to generate some publicity. If the conspiracy theory is true we'll never know, but it did help Taylor Swift gain tremendous support, Beyonce to become even more likable than ever, and Kanye's in-your-face image to be proven once again. Any publicity is good publicity in their world, and if this was staged, they did a great job playing their respective parts.
8 Keanu Reeves And Nicolas Cage Are immortal
Over the years, conspiracy theorists have claimed a number of celebrities are immortal vampires or time-travelers by linking them to photographs of people that lived centuries before, but none of the theories are quite as famous as the ones involving Keanu Reeves and Nicolas Cage.
Rumors about Nicolas Cage began when the actor was filming Vampire's Kiss, claiming that Nicolas Cage ate a live cockroach and supposedly drank blood to get into character. The rumors took shape when the photograph of a man from 1870 who bears a striking resemblance to Cage was discovered. The image has lead many to believe that Nicolas Cage is either a vampire or has the ability to time travel - both equally cool and hard to believe stories.
Keanu Reeves on the other hand has been labelled as being immortal, as he has been spotted a number of times in history, including his alias as 9th century French emperor Charlemagne, and as French actor Paul Mounet. Because Paul Mounet's body was never recovered following his death in 1922, many believe this provides concrete evidence of Keanu's immortality. With videos, posts, and even a website dedicated to Keanu's 'immortality', the internet proves to provide endless sources of entertainment on this subject.
7 Beyonce Was Never Pregnant
One of the most outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding Beyonce has people believing that she had faked her pregnancy with Baby Ivy. This began with Beyonce's interviews during her pregnancy, where her due date changed a number of times, causing many to believe this was a strange publicity stunt. To further fuel the rumor, many believed she showed no signs of being pregnant, with her stomach remaining fairly unchanged throughout her pregnancy. What really spun the rumor out of control was her interview with Australia's Sunday Night, where Beyonce's bump appeared to deflate as she sat down. Many believe that the couple used a surrogate to have Blue Ivy, and wanted to keep this a secret. Other more 'out there' theories suggest that the baby is not even theirs, but is in fact Beyonce's father's illegitimate child that the Carters decided to adopt. Believe what you will, but one look at Blue Ivy will reveal she looks identical to Jay-Z.
6 Who Is Their Real Father?
It's no doubt that due to her height, Khole Kardashian does look different than her other sisters, but some conspiracy theorists believe this has less to do with simple genetics (after all, many siblings don't often resemble one another) and more to do with who Khloe's real father is. Some theorists believe that Khole looks more like O.J. Simpson's daughter than the Kardashian daughters. To fuel the rumor even further, Kris Jenner revealed that during her marriage to Robert Kardashian she had had an affair, and at the time of this, O.J. was a close family friend. Although the rumors were dispelled many times, theorists continue to question who Khloe's father was.
Another celebrity involved in a family conspiracy theory is none other than Prince Harry! Conspiracy theorists believe that Harry's father is in fact British actor James Hewitt, who was once Princess Diana's lover. Theorists even claim Harry resembles James Hewitt, particularly due to his red hair. But the similarities end there, as James Hewitt revealed he only met Diana in 1986, 2 years after Harry's birth; so unless James could time travel, chances are this is one conspiracy theory to ignore.
5 Jay Z, Bob Dylan (And Other Celebs) Are Part Of The Illuminati
Many conspiracy theories can be found regarding the Illuminati, a secret society that has ties to 18th century Europe and is believed to be tied to the manipulation of many important world events. The mysterious sect is thought to be a front for the rise of the Antichrist in an attempt to establish a New World Order, in which they can rule the world. Because of their power and influence, many conspiracy theorists believe that a number of celebrities are linked to the Illuminati, including Ke$ha, the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, and Jay-Z. One of the craziest spin-offs on this theory is that Jay-Z's daughter's name, Blue Ivy, is a reworking of the name Eulb Yvi, which many claim is the name of Satan's daughter. Others added the numbers which the letters of Blue Ivy's name fall on in the alphabet to somehow get 666, linking her to the Illuminati. She's barely 3 years old, and already Blue Ivy has had conspiracy theorists losing their minds over her.
4 Who Murdered Kurt Cobain?
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, passed away tragically on April 4, 1994. Although a suicide note was found at the scene and much of the evidence points to the death as being a suicide, many still believe that Kurt had been murdered. Some of the strange evidence that many use as proof that the singer's death involved foul play include that no fingerprints were found on the gun he had committed suicide with and that the suicide note's handwriting seems forged. It was revealed that at the time of his death, the level of heroin in his blood stream was so high that it was unlikely he could have pulled the trigger himself. The death was officially ruled a suicide as no conclusive evidence has been found to warrant further investigation, but many theories exist about who would've staged his death, with many pointing to this wife Courtney Love as the suspect.
3 Tom Cruise Held An audition For His Baby Mamma
In October 2012, Vanity Fair released a report that claimed the Church of Scientology had undertaken a mission to find a suitable partner for Tom Cruise. According to the article, beginning in 2004, the organization staged various auditions where actresses were brought in under the pretense of auditioning for a film, and were interviewing on a series of topics relating to the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise himself. One of the women who allegedly auditioned for the part spoke of the process, and even claimed she had been forced to sign a confidentiality agreement by members of Scientology. Conspiracy theorists even go so far as to claim that the reason Tom Cruise's previous relationships with actresses Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman were ended by the Church of Scientology because of their disregard for the religion. Both Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology have denied these claims but believers only see this as further proof of the secrecy behind Tom's relationship process.
2 Britney's Meltdown Was A Diversion Tactic For The Bush Administration
Following Britney Spears' very public meltdown in 2007, everyone had an opinion about what was occurring. The strangest of these came from the website Idolator, which claimed that the whole unfortunate event was a diversion tactic by the Bush administration. The website claimed that Britney was a secret employee of the administration, who was hired to distract the public from the former president any time they felt he had done something that would result in a negative public opinion. If this is true, Britney's publicity stunts don't seem to have any real correlation with many of those of the former president, so we're not sure how true this theory could really be.
1 Some Celebs Are Shape-Shifting Aliens Of A Reptilian Race
David Icke is a writer, public speaker, and a former professional football player and sports presenter who in 1990, visited a psychic and was told he was a healer for mankind. Since then he has focused on spreading messages from the spirit world for all of mankind. One of his most widespread message involved his theory of a global Elite who run the world from the shadows. He believes this group belongs to an ancient alien race which came to Earth from the constellation Draco and bred with humans, creating a new race of human-reptile hybrids called the Reptilians, which today run the world. Icke points to various 'historical evidence' that suggests that presidential families such as the Bushes and Kennedys, as well as the royal family, and other world leaders, as well as celebrities are “bloodsucking alien lizards”. While this may sound like complete fiction, a poll amongst registered American voters revealed that over 4% believe in Icke's Reptilian theory - I guess someone has to keep voting for the Reptilians!