Everybody loves a good conspiracy theory. Whether it’s that Megan Fox is a clone or that Chuck Norris is a time-travelling Vincent Van Gogh, urban myths can be pretty entertaining. Still, no matter how silly some conspiracy theories get, there will always be someone willing to believe them. Here are seven bizarre celeb conspiracy theories you’ll be surprised to find people actually think are real.
Prince Charles isn’t Harry’s biological father
James Hewitt was a former household cavalry officer in the British Army who claimed to have had an affair with Princess Diana from 1986 to 1991. A lot of people believe that he is Prince Harry’s biological father, because they look a lot more alike than Harry and Charles do. Admittedly, we can see the resemblance. The red hair is a bit of a giveaway…
Jim Morrison is still alive
The majority of Doors fans believe Jim Morrison died in the bathtub at his Paris apartment in 1971 of heart failure after a long battle with drink and drugs. However, some people are convinced the musician faked his death to escape the life of fame he had come to hate.
The rumour resurfaced in 1998, when a man called Gerald Pitts claimed he had found Morrison living the quiet life of an American cowboy in Oregon, away from the Hollywood scene. Pitts’ website includes a video comparing the features of the supposedly fifty-something Jim Morrison he discovered to the 27-year-old Morrison we all know and love, but sadly it’s not very convincing… Similar rumours also circle around rapper Tupac Shakur and Elvis Presley.
Beyonce was never pregnant
From the moment Queen Bey announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, so called ‘Beyonce Birthers’ have claimed the mega star faked the whole thing. The rumour really took off after footage of Beyonce’s baby bump supposedly ‘folding‘ on Austrailan TV the following Autumn went viral, but there is just too much evidence to support her pregnancy for it to be a fake. For example, the snap of a naked Beyonce with Jay’s arms wrapped around her pregnant belly from behind.
Paul McCartney died in a road accident and was replaced by a lookalike
This is an old one. The rumour goes that the real Paul McCartney died in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and to keep the band he going was replaced by an orphan who won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. Admittedly a very shrewd solution on the Beatles part, but also very unlikely to be true. Still, die-hard believers of this theory claim that if you play the very end of the song I’m So Tired, from The White Album, you can hear John Lennon say: “Paul is dead, we miss him, we miss him.” Weird.
Nicholas Cage is a vampire
There’s photographic ‘evidence’ for this one. The rumours that Nicholas Cage is a vampire were sparked by an old photograph of a man resembling the actor from the Civil War era. It was put on eBay by Jack Mord, an antiques dealer, who said the man featured is from Bristol Tennessee, around 1870. Mord believes the man is 100% Nic, so the only logical explanation is that he is a vampire who reinvents himself every 75 years or so. Mord also points out that the actor doesn’t appear to age, but since a vampire cannot be photographed, Mord is clearly way off on this one.
Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes predicted her own death
Before she died in a car crash in 2002, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes was a member of popular girlband TLC and a renowned rapper with a large following. Oddly enough, the most prominent conspiracy theory involving Lopes began with the musician herself.
During the last days of her life, Lopes was acting strangely. She was convinced that an evil spirit was following her around and was trying to kill her. So, shortly before her death, the rapper decided to enter a month-long spiritual retreat in Honduras, which was recorded for a documentary. While filming the TV show, Left Eye and a few of her friends were passengers in a car driven by her assistant, when out of nowhere a young boy ran in front of the car. The child later died in the hospital, and Lisa freaked out when she realised he had the same name and shoesize as her. She came to believe that the evil spirit that had invaded her life had accidentally killed the wrong Lopes. Creepy.
Only a few days after this tragic accident, Lisa herself passed away after losing control of her car. Of the seven people in the vehicle, all but Lopes survived. Footage of the crash was included in the documentary.
Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen
It’s a longstanding urban myth that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen after his death in 1966, and that his corpse is being stored under the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland until he can be brought back to life. This is untrue however, as Disney was in fact cremated and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
The first known human cryonic freezing was in January 1967, more than a month after Disney’s death, and the source of the rumour has been attributed to a group of Disney Studio animators with “a bizarre sense of humor.” Disney’s daughter Diane has since said: “There is absolutely no truth to the rumour that my father, Walt Disney, wished to be frozen. I doubt that my father had ever heard of cryonics.”