25 Celebrity Conspiracy Theories That Just Won't Die

Ah, celebrity conspiracy theories. They're the source of ire in the lives of the celebs they're about, and a source of jokes at parties for the rest of us. "Did you know that Katie Holmes has her own entrance into Whole Foods?" we'll hear at dinner with friends, while proclaiming that it can't possibly be true...until we rush home to Google it later.

Urban legends about famous folks tend to follow a few different scripts: deaths, or so-and-so died, and their body was replaced with a double. Hoaxes in the form of faked pregnancies, faked traumatic situations, even faked disabilities.

These theories bubble up on the internet and have homes in hastily-created YouTube videos. While they've been around for a long time, the web has given them new life, and allowed conspiracy theories to spring up quicker than before.

Some stars are magnets for these myths. For example, Beyoncé has been the source of several conspiracy theories. Is it her untouchable level of fame? Is it the fact that she's so media-trained? Or are people just strange? We'll take a look into some of the more enduring Yoncé theories.

Some of these theories are obviously implausible, but some are frighteningly real and have had real-life consequences. The notion that Courtney Love killed her husband Kurt Cobain has been used to discredit her work in her band, Hole. It's worth noting that some of these theories often have their base in racism, ageism, misogyny, and more, and at their roots, are meant to take away from the work that these people do.

The truth is out there, so let's explore some of the more popular celeb conspiracy theories.


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Pregnancy & births

Why do myths surrounding pregnancy and births endure? I don't know for sure, but it must have something to do with fear about women's bodies and sexuality. After all, how can a woman truly have a baby when women aren't supposed to have sex? And how can celebrities have babies when we expect them to keep their bodies in perfect condition? Here are some rumors that we want to put to sleep.

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Avril Lavigne is dead & has been replaced by an actress.

Now here's a theory that is a little complicated. It says that Avril Lavigne died in 2003 and has been replaced by an actress named Melissa Vandella. The theory has been around since 2005 — not an insignificant amount of of time.

Status: false. Would any actress actually agree to listen to Nickelback?

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Katy Perry is actually JonBenét Ramsey.

The death of JonBenét Ramsey in 1996 is still an unsolved mystery, despite capturing the nation's attention and an exhaustive manhunt to find her killer. And because her murder was never solved, she's been attached to another famous person: Katy Perry.

This theory says that the murder was actually a hoax, and that Ramsey grew up to become Perry, the pop star we know today. Evidence? Their eyebrows look similar.

Status: false. Ramsey is definitely deceased, and it's cruel to use her death for a conspiracy theory.

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Katie Holmes had her own access to the Whole Foods in Chelsea.

This theory says that Katie Holmes evaded the paparazzi by sneaking into the Whole Foods that anchors the bottom floor of her apartment building in Chelsea, New York. At the time, Holmes had just left her ex-husband Tom Cruise and was trying to keep her location a secret from the Church of Scientology.

Speculation arose that Holmes had secret access to the Whole Foods when she was seen inside the store, but did not emerge from it through any normal entrances.

Status: May be true. It isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility that there is a separate way into the Whole Foods for residents of the building.

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Tupac is actually still alive.

Not only is Pac still alive, he's living on a secluded island! This conspiracy theory abounds because Tupac's murder was never solved. Even Suge Knight believes Tupac may still be alive, and supposedly Knight knows the identity of Tupac's murderers.

Status: false.

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Kim Kardashian orchestrated the robbery in Paris.

This is an urban legend that we all witnessed spring up in real time — particularly if we had Kardashian haters on our Facebook feeds. It suggests that Kim Kardashian West, in cahoots with her husband Kanye West, faked the jewelry robbery in Paris that Kardashian says made her fear for her life.

Status: false. Kardashian West addressed this in an episode of her show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "It really is hard when people sometimes don't treat you like you're human and you're going through such a real, raw experience. It's really traumatizing. I even saw a comment where someone wished I died that night. What evil of a person are you that you would really wish death upon someone? It just really sucks when you're getting judged by the whole world," she said.
Lorde is in her 40s.

Lorde has plenty of agers who believe that she couldn't possibly have written songs like "Royals" in her teens — she must secretly be over twice her age.

In response to these silly rumors, the Hairpin published a copy of Lorde's birth certificate.

Status: false.
Stanley Kubrick helped fake the moon landing.

This feeds into another famous conspiracy theory: that the 1969 moon landing was a hoax. And what better filmmaker to really make the moon landing video look as convincing as the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Status: false.

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