Who cheated on who, who is dating who, who is an addict, who is a recovering alcoholic, and who has had bizarre plastic surgery? There's only one thing tabloids love more than celebs; good old gossip. That's only because the readers are so hungry for it. The media thrives on nasty rumors, and will stop at nothing from delivering them fresh from the oven, even if this means making them up. How do they blow out? In the unquenchable thirst for new stories, the media often picks up any information and makes it public before the persons in question can confirm it. At first, the whole thing seems so stupid no one can believe it. However, somehow, it slips out of hand, spreading like a disease, until it is everywhere and you feel you have to accept it. Some are funny, and we all love to be entertained, but some are downright ridiculous, and others are plain disgusting.
Celebrity gossips and myths have been around from the beginnings of movie-making. Take for instance Shirley Temple who, in the 1930's, was accused of being an adult midget. Some myths can easily be exposed, but we all know that rule of the thumb; there's a grain of truth to every legend. Let's keep in mind that Hollywood is by definition a ridiculous place, where anything is possible. So we need to carefully filter the information we're given. In the opposite corner, there are certain gossips, like Sylvester Stallone who starred in a porn movie, Andy Garcia who was born a Siamese twin, and Jack Nicholson who found out that his sister was in fact his mother when he was 37, that have been confirmed to be true. We all heard the rumors. Let's see if we actually felt for them.
10 Jamie Lee Curtis Was Born a Hermaphrodite
This particular urban legend has been around for so long, that many simply began to accept it as fact, but it was never proven. Sure, Jamie Lee Curtis has a rather androgynous look and her name does sound a bit boyish, but that's not enough. According to rumors, Jamie was born with both male and female genitalia. This is further sustained by the fact that she never had any children of her own; the three kids she mothers were adopted. They say she cannot conceive as a result of the corrective surgery she underwent as a child. Jamie does have a strong body for a woman, which is enough to raise controversy, but it's highly unlikely that she was born with some extra equipment down there.
9 J-Lo's Billion Dollar Butt
Do you remember back in 1999 when all the tabloids had one thing in common, and that was J-Lo's greatest ASSet; her booty? It is well known that Jennifer Lopez's singing career is eclipsed by her famous butt, and when rumor hit that she had it insured, everyone went mad. Wild stories of a deluxe insurance policy revolved around the jaw-dropping sum of $1 billion for her entire body. When split in sections, that would be around $300 million for her prominent behind. Of course, the thing got out of control, and somehow escalated to $1 billion for her curvacious butt. J-Lo denied the rumors and found them quite funny. She hasn't exactly denied having insured her butt though.
8 Are You Missing a Rib?
There's almost nothing we wouldn’t believe about Pam Anderson. Multiple boob jobs, collagen lips, Botox shots, you name it. However, having some ribs removed just to make her waist look smaller? That's too much. Missing rib legends revolve around several other Hollywood celebrities, one of them being Marilyn Manson. According to the story, he had some of his ribs removed so that he could bend down completely until his head was at level with his...err...private parts. We cannot imagine why anyone would want to perform such a maneuver, and the grimy songwriter denied the rumors. Cher is another victim of the rib-removal myth. In the end, these celebs simply have a tiny waist.
7 Lady Gaga is a She-Male
It all started out in 2009, when a photograph taken during a concert revealed what looked like male genitalia. Let's face it, this is mostly her own fault. After all, if she wasn't walking around in her underwear all the time, people wouldn't be looking down there in hope of catching a glimpse of her genitalia, and seeing things that aren't actually there. Lady Gaga's manager called the rumors ridiculous. The singer herself denied it in 2010, during a Barbara Walters interview. Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. A woman. Nevertheless, the hermaphrodite myths don't seem to bother her too much. Lady Gaga even posed in drag for an issue of Vogue Hommes Japan. Megan Fox is another victim of she-male rumors. While Lady Gaga's androgynous look might stir up some controversy, it's hard to imagine a beauty like Megan as target to such myths.
6 Walt Disney is Cryogenically Frozen Under Disneyland
There's a seemingly timeless urban legend involving Walt Disney's burial place and Disneyland. This one has been around for quite some time, and doesn't want to let bygones be bygones. According to rumors, the entertainment impresario was frozen and lies buried under the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. They say that before he died, Walt Disney made arrangements so that his body be frozen in the hope that future technology will bring him back to life. It seems that his reputation as an inventor and the secrecy revolving around his funeral might have given birth to these myths. The truth of the matter is that Walt Disney was cremated in 1966 and his ashes scattered around Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California.
5 Bisexual Scandals
The most shocking urban legend involving celebrities has something to do with a few famous rock stars and their allegedly bisexual inclination. One night, Rod Stewart was rushed to the hospital after claiming severe abdominal pains. The doctors pumped his stomach and found a pint of...semen. But wait, the same, identical myth revolves around David Bowie and Mick Jagger, too. Oh, and we heard something similar about Britney Spears and Alanis Morissette as well. Anyway, the story is almost impossible to believe. That's because these guys could not possibly have swallowed that much semen. Plus, semen is not toxic, so no need to end up in the ER. And there's more. A rumor concerning drunken David Bowie and Mick Jagger sharing the marriage bed is still debated, after Bowie's ex-wife confided in Joan Rivers that she had walked into the bedroom to find the two naked under the sheets.
4 Mr. Rogers Was A Navy Seal
Not even the kindest children's show TV hosts are spared from the hungry tabloids and their thirst for gossip. A sadistically ridiculous rumor revolves around Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the classic children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the early 1990's, an urban legend was born, accusing him of being a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War. Moreover, they said he was a cold-blooded sniper, with a ridiculous number of kills. To sustain these statements, the rumors also told that Mr. Rogers wore sweaters all the time to cover his collection of tattoos he had had done during his time in the army, when in fact he never served a single day in the military. Mr. Rogers even earned a bachelor's degree in music composition, and could not hurt a fly.
3 How Long is Too Tongue?
Back in the 1970's, Kiss became a famous rock band teenagers could not get enough of. Bassist Gene Simmons' signature mark was his freakishly long tongue, showing it off whenever given the opportunity; throughout Kiss concerts, videos, and photo shoots. Everyone could notice how his tongue was exceedingly long and quite slim, and that's how a new urban legend was born. Rumors claimed he had another person's tongue grafted to the end of his own. Others said he used a cow's tongue, but if we look at the facts more carefully, Kiss, Gene Simmons, and his infamous tongue have all been around since the 70's, when such complicated surgical procedures were still not possible.
2 Richard Gere And The Playful Gerbil
Quite a popular urban legend this one. Story has it that one day in the early 1990's, Richard Gere was admitted into the emergency room with a gerbil up his....err...rectum. It was alive...or dead. Depends on who tells the story. It seems he had a strange sexual fetish, and the gerbil got stuck in there. Doctors had to surgically remove the animal. Of course, the rumor has been denied, and there is absolutely no evidence to confirm it, but the urban legend is already part of Richard Gere's image, and will probably haunt his career for the rest of his life. Gere stated that the rumor was started by Sylvester Stallone, who wanted to get even with him for their feud on the set of The Lords of Flatbush.
1 Tom Cruise's Make-Believe Baby and Marriage
There are many myths concerning Tom Cruise. In 2005, he supposedly approached several young Hollywood actresses offering them a five-year marriage contract, promising them cash and a career boost, plus bonus if they produced a baby, all in the hope of dismissing those nasty gay rumors. Tabloids stated that Tom Cruise's marriage to Katie Holmes was nothing more than a big sham. Their divorce after five years of marriage stands to strengthen these myths.
It's one thing to pick on an adult or a teenager. They can defend themselves, but a baby? Better yet, an unborn baby? When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced they were expecting a child, the gossip-hungry collective media immediately jumped up, claiming the baby is nothing more than a huge scam, denying Suri's existence. There was indeed something odd about Suri's birth certificate, fueling the idea that she might not be the couple's natural child, or that she was born months before. Some said that the baby was part of a massive Scientology conspiracy, and that Tom used the sperm specimens of L. Ron Hubbard, the late Scientology founder, to father Suri. Others said Suri was from outer space. However, in the end, not all marriages work out, and we all know where babies come from. It's not that difficult.