In 2007, the world was both revolted and fascinated with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers: They were the first wave of the tween phenomenon. So it makes perfect sense that someone would Photoshop an interview with Miley Cyrus from J-14 Magazine claiming that the starlet was 14 and pregnant.
Luckily, the internet is no longer a place where people can Photoshop images and spread nasty rumors.
So this rumor was pretty huge in the late ’90s and early ’00s. It seemed to make perfect sense because Marilyn Mason was a total weirdo. Why wouldn’t he want to have his ribs removed so he could blow himself? Except that it wasn’t true at all, and he’s actually a totally normal guy when he’s not on stage.
Also, at the time this rumor was going around, he was dating Rose McGowan, which should have been a big red flag — because no one is a big enough weirdo to need to blow themselves while dating Rose McGowan.
3. Marilyn Manson played Paul Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years.
This rumor spread because in the late ’90s, no one could immediately look something up on Wikipedia and IMDB and because the two of them kind of look alike. Also, like the blowing himself thing, Marilyn Manson is a weird dude, why wouldn’t he have played the best friend on The Wonder Years? But he didn’t. It was a guy named Paul Saviano.
This rumor tracks back all the way to 1996, when a caller on The Howard Stern Show said he saw Lauryn Hill making anti-white statements during an MTV interview. The rumor spread faster then MTV could keep up with, and by the time the network announced that Hill had never made such a statement, it was already everywhere.
Hill later clarified, saying that she doesn’t hate white people, but that she loves black people and makes music for them. Shockingly, the average Howard Stern listener wasn’t particularly intelligent enough to pick up on that distinction.
This one is completely Jack White’s fault. In early interviews with the band he told reporters they were siblings, Which is really weird because they were actually married, and then divorced. They have the same last name because Jack took her name when they married, and he kept it ever since.
This rumor has followed the band since the ’90s. It’s not completely out of the ordinary for hate groups to use numerology or initials as code — 88 is a popular number in the Neo-Nazi community, standing for HH, or “Heil Hitler.”
In reality, though, 311 actually stands for the Omaha police citation for indecent exposure.
This rumor started in the mid-’00s and has sadly followed the performer for most of her career. It’s not true, and it was started for a variety of reasons — mostly, though, because she blew up in the crunk community incredibly quickly and someone, apparently, wasn’t very happy about that.
He killed himself. He struggled his entire life with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and he killed himself.
Everyone LOVES this rumor. It’s a definitely a juicy idea, playing on a lot of people’s hatred of Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé. As the story goes, around 2007 or 2008, Jay-Z had an affair with Rihanna, and that affair led to Rihanna being catapulted into superstardom.
It’s also rumored that Beyoncé’s “Bow Down” and “Ring the Alarm” are both about Rihanna. And while that is fun to think about, there’s no proof. Most likely, Rihanna was launched into superstardom because her single “SOS” went platinum and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks and then she kept releasing popular songs.
T.I. was arrested on federal charges in 2007 hours before he was supposed to perform at the BET Awards. As he went through the legal system, his credibility in the rap community dwindled and his reputation as a snitch became more and more prominent.
The rapper addressed rumors of being a snitch on Hot 97 recently, saying that he is not, in fact, a snitch, and that he lives by the “G code.”
11. Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins starred on Small Wonder as a kid.
Another one of those “this weirdo looks like this little kid from an ’80s sitcom” rumors. It would have been very funny if Billy Corgan was a child actor, but in reality, Jamie from Small Wonder was played by Jerry Supiran.
12. R. Kelly is the reason Aaliyah’s plane crashed.
A lot of people are very fascinated with R. Kelly and Aaliyah’s relationship. Kelly was her mentor for much of her career, and they were even possibly married for a short time when she was 18. The rumor goes that Kelly somehow “tampered” with her plane so that it would crash — which is obviously not true.
This rumor didn’t appear out of nowhere. It comes from live footage of Gaga performing in 2009. The shape of her dress made it look like she had a penis. Assumingly, internet detectives wanted to change it up a little bit and make her not just a man in drag, but a hermaphrodite with a set of both sex organs.
Gaga was finally asked about the rumor in August 2009, because we live in a nightmare world where successful women have to defend the idea they don’t secretly have a penis. She told the curious DJs of an Australian FM station she wasn’t offended but that the rumor hurt her vagina’s feelings.