Thanks to modern technology, we live in a never-ending news cycle, one that only seems to move faster and faster as time goes one. In our constant hunger for news updates or the goings-on of our favorite (and least favorite) celebrities, it’s natural that the occasional rumor is mistakenly touted as fact, whether by untrustworthy tabloids or people who don’t realize they’re spreading falsehoods. Unfortunately, even the worst of rumors have a way of sticking around even once they’ve been disproved, so let’s clarify a few lingering celebrity rumors that are, quite simply, total BS.
1. Miley Cyrus is dead
Pop singer and former Disney Channel star, Miley Cyrus has been repeatedly pronounced dead on the internet. As recently as this week, an “RIP Miley Cyrus” page appeared on Facebook providing a believable account of Cyrus’s supposed death, fooling hundreds if not thousands of fans on social media into thinking that the 23-year-old singer had passed on. This absolutely bogus rumor seems logical compared to the “Paul is dead”-style conspiracies about Miley that have been circulating for some time now, which state she died some time ago and was replaced by a dead ringer lookalike.
2. Marisa Tomei didn’t actually win her Oscar
The story goes that actress Marisa Tomei didn’t rightfully win her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for My Cousin Vinny in 1992, because the presenter accidentally read the wrong name during the ceremony. This rumor has had a surprisingly long shelf-life, perhaps because the idea of the stuffy Academy committing such a blunder is, well, funny. It may be funny, but that doesn’t mean it’s true — the Academy has repeatedly confirmed that Tomei did, in fact, earn her trophy and that they would correct such a blunder if one ever occurred.
3. Bey and Barack
There are a few subjects the rumor mills will never get tired of, and Beyoncé seems to be one of those select few. Perhaps the most ridiculous rumor involving the beloved R&B singer is the one stating that she and President Barack Obama have been involved in a secret extra-marital affair. As entertaining as that might be for a network drama like Scandal, there’s absolutely nothing to suggest there’s a platonic or romantic connection between our president and the former Destiny’s Child member. And if there was, Jay-Z and Michelle would probably know about it well before the gossip mags.
4. Khloe Kardashian is dating Steve Martin
Another case of people drawing romantic connections where none exist. The rumor goes that Khloe Kardashian and Steve Martin have been engaged in a secret affair, despite their 39-year age gap and the fact that both are already married. The unsubstantiated claim has gotten enough attention that both Martin and Kardashian have had to publicly acknowledge and debunk the rumor. Both say they’re “just friends,” and seem to be confused why anyone would assume they’re anything else.
5. Angelina Jolie and James Haven
Angelina Jolie’s breakout role as an actress came in 2000 with Girl, Interrupted, but already she had developed a reputation as a Hollywood wild child. That reputation surely contributed to the rumor that followed her Best Supporting Actress win at the Academy Awards that year. After winning, an emotional Jolie gave her brother, James Haven a kiss on the mouth, just long enough to stoke suspicions that the two had an incestuous relationship. Jolie denies the outlandish allegations, but don’t be surprised if they turn up again in the tabloid coverage of Brangelina’s impending divorce.
6. Led Zeppelin’s seafood dinner
This one’s just too weird (and too rock ‘n’ roll) not to include. Rock journalist, Stephen Davis wrote in his Led Zeppelin biography, Hammer of the Gods that he personally witnessed the band members putting pieces of shark meat into the various orifices of one of their groupies. Of course, that’s simply not true — Led Zeppelin’s then-manager, Richard Cole confessed he was the one doing it, and that the fish he used was actually just red snapper.
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