9 Fake Celebrity Conspiracy Theories That Are Hard to Believe
That Katy Perry Is JonBenet Ramsey In Disguise
In early 2016, corners of the internet latched onto the idea that pop star Katy Perry was not, in fact, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson of Santa Barbara, California, but rather JonBenet Ramsey of Atlanta, Georgia. A YouTuber circulated a video in which he claimed that the late Ramsey, who was killed in 1996 at the age of 6, was still alive and touring the world under the pseudonym of Katy Perry, saying, "JonBenét became Katy Perry, and that’s a fact." Despite this claimed "fact," it is, however, false that Perry is Ramsey.
That Avril Lavigne Died and Is Being Impersonated By a Double
A bizarre internet conspiracy theory about Avril Lavigne emerged in the past few years. While most fans of the Canadian artist understand that Lavigne took a few years off in the late 2000s and has tried out different looks and musical styles in the years since, certain pop rockers believe that the "Sk8er Boi" singer died in 2003, only to be replaced by an actress who continued Lavigne's career with the release of Goodbye Lullaby (2011) and Avril Lavigne (2013). The two albums were actually released by the real Lavigne, who is still alive.
That Tupac Is Still Alive and Living in Cuba
Fans mourned the loss of Tupac Shakur in September 1996, after the beloved artist was shot and killed in Las Vegas. Some supporters, however, were less than convinced. Questions were raised about the nature of the violence and the handling of the case, and fans periodically report spotting Tupac in Cuba or in photos taken after his death. While conspiracies abound about the death of the icon, there is no real evidence that he is living in Cuba.
That Taylor Swift Is a Former Satanic Leader
In the world of celebrity doppelgangers, Taylor Swift got a bit unlucky with someone bearing her likeness. Photos began to circulate in the 2010s comparing Swift's appearance to that of Zeena LaVey, the daughter of Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey, and founder of her own Sethian Liberation Movement. One particular theory on the matter concludes that Swift is a clone constructed from LaVey's DNA. Swift is not, in fact, a clone, and rather a woman who shares physical traits with the similarly blonde LeVay.
That Keanu Reeves Is Immortal
Do a quick sweep of keanuisimmortal.com and you may soon join the camp of conspiracy theorists who believe that actor Keanu Reeves has actually been alive for thousands of years. These fans claim that Reeves was once Charlemagne and Paul Mounet, and will continue to live and reinvent himself for years to come. While Reeves does have the ability to reinvent himself in his continuing career, there is little evidence to prove that he is an immortal being.
That Paul McCartney Died and Is Being Impersonated by a Double
Joining the Avril Lavigne School of Career-Continuing Body Doubles is allegedly the man currently impersonating Paul McCartney. Fans held onto a conspiracy theory that the Beatles musician died in the 1966, only to be replaced by a doppelganger who continued his recording career. Despite the rumors, McCartney is still alive and touring the world at the age of 74.
That Nicolas Cage Was Alive During the Civil War
Nicolas Cage has his own Keanu Reeves-esque conspiracy theory. A photo emerged in 2011 of a Civil War-era man who bears a resemblance to the actor. Coupled with Cage's otherworldly turn in Vampire's Kiss, the photo led some to believe that the star is a vampire who has been alive for hundreds of years. Cage is, of course, not a Civil War-era vampire, but rather an actor with some spooky roles and a shared resemblance to a man from hundreds of years ago.
That There Is No One Megan Fox But Rather Many Megan Fox Clones
In the late 2000s, an internet conspiracy theory emerged with the idea that actress Megan Fox has been cloned multiple times and is potentially part robot. Fans allege that the original Fox was replaced by a clone (and is continually replaced moving forward) by movie studios. There is, in fact, one Megan Fox, who was born in Tennessee on May 16, 1986 and continues her acting career at the age of 30.
That Justin Bieber Is Part Reptile
A certain group of Beliebers believe that pop star Justin Bieber is not all human, but in fact, part reptile. Their proof? A 2014 video of Bieber in a Miami courtroom in which his eyes shift, revealing his "reptilian shapeshifter" abilities. Bieber may have been shifty on his day in court, but the singer is not actually part reptile.