6 Celebrities who believe in ridiculous conspiracy theories
The more attention I pay to the lives of celebrities, the more a certain trend starts to become apparent. Especially in the modern day, with social media taking over all of our lives, the life of the rich and famous can be pretty strange. The amount of attention you get is bound to inflate your ego, and the sheer amount of voices criticising and complimenting you at the same time likely leads to a little confusion.
So it doesn't surprise me too much when someone is chased by paparazzi every day for a decade, then start to say a few things. However, not everyone quite goes to the same lengths, with some celebrities believing in the most ludicrous conspiracy theories.
1. B.o.B is a flat-earther
The rapper has been pretty public about his belief in the Flat Earth Theory on Twitter - in fact, he's interested in several out-there conspiracy theories. B.o.B, or Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., has even got into arguments with Neil DeGrasse Tyson about his beliefs (not a great idea), and made a mixtape on the topic, titled 'E.A.R.T.H. (Educational Avatar Reality Training Habitat)'.
Last year he started up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy satellites, launch them into space and prove the planet is really flat - raising about $6,000 of his $1 million goal. He also has expressed a belief that the moon landing was staged, 9/11 was an inside job, that the world will be led by the Illuminati and that the US government clones celebrities.
2. Charlie Sheen thought 9/11 was an inside job
In an interview with Alex Jones, the actor said:
"I saw the south tower hit live, that famous wide shot where it disappears behind the building and then we see the tremendous fireball. And there was just — there was a feeling that it just didn't look, how do I say this, it didn't look like any commercial jetliner I've flown on any time in my life. And then when the buildings came down, later on that day, I was with my brother and I said, 'Hey, call me insane, but did it sort of look like those buildings came down in a — in a controlled demolition?'
"Show us this incredible maneuvering. Just show it to us. Just show us, you know, how this particular plane pulled off these maneuvers. What was it, a 270 degree turn at 500 miles per hour, descending 7,000 feet in two and a half minutes, skimming across tree tops the last 500 meters off the ground?"
In addition to this, Sheen's father, iconic actor Martin Sheen, shared the belief that there was something suspicious about the way the towers fell.
Last year, Sheen apologised if his comments "offended anyone," but didn't appear to retract his claims.
3. Kylie Jenner is alarmed by chemtrails
Although she hasn't gone on any long rants about it, in May 2015 Jenner did share a tweet questioning the white trails in the sky left behind by planes.
The chemtrails theory holds that airplanes spray chemicals on behalf of the government, to control people or modify the environment in some way. They are actually called contrails, and are simply water vapour left behind by planes in certain atmospheric conditions.
4. Marion Cotillard thought the moon landing was faked
Cotillard has also questioned 9/11 before, but back-tracked those comments and said she was misunderstood. However, in an interview on France's 'Paris Premiere' show, she did question the first moon landing.
"Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered," she said in the 2007 interview. "And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure."
5. Donald Trump thinks vaccines lead to autism
During a Republican primary debate, the now-president of the United States added fuel to the anti-vaxxer fire.
"We had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back," Trump said in 2015, "a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic."
Two years prior to this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found no connection between vaccines and an increased risk of autism.
6. Terrence Howard believes math is lying to us
Now this is a weird one. In an interview, the actor said he has spent years working on his own alternative to Mathematics, recorded in a language of symbols called Terryology. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he explained why maths is wrong, and 1 x 1 is actually 2:
"I was always wondering, you know, why does a bubble take the shape of a ball? Why not a triangle or a square? I figured it out. If Pythagoras was here to see it, he would lose his mind. Einstein, too! Tesla!
"How can it equal one? If one times one equals one that means that two is of no value because one times itself has no effect. One times one equals two because the square root of four is two, so what's the square root of two? Should be one, but we're told its two, and that cannot be.
"This is the last century that our children will have to be taught that one times one is one. [They] won't have to grow up in ignorance. Twenty years from now, they'll know that one times one equals two. We're about to show a new truth. The true universal math."
There have been plenty of conspiracies about celebrities, like the theory that the real Avril Lavigne was killed and replaced with a clone, but now you know there's plenty of celebs out there who are happy to spread strange (and clearly wrong) theories about the world out there.
Who knows, maybe Kanye will be recording a mixtape with B.o.B about the Earth being run by lizard people someday.