Crazy Taylor Swift conspiracy theories are everywhere. Despite - or perhaps because of - her extreme fame, the pop starlet seems to attract weird rumors. For every tale of how Taylor Swift is the best, there are dark stories about her supposed connections to the Illuminati or her possible evil twin. And those aren't even the craziest theories about Taylor Swift - some people swear that she's the clone of a Satanic leader.
Sure, these rumors are outlandish. But how well does the public really know Taylor Swift? Her biography seems almost suspiciously straightforward: Swift was born in Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989, and moved to Nashville at age 14 to pursue a career in country music. She was signed to Big Machine Records in 2005, and became the youngest artist ever signed by Sony. Before too long, Swift had crossed over into pop, and was raking in awards and accolades right and left. With her star-studded 1989 tour and famous girl squad, Swift seems like a popular public figure - but did her meteoric ascent distract fans from horrible secrets?
These crazy Taylor Swift conspiracy theories might just change the way you listen to "Shake It Off."
Her Open Letter to Apple Was A Pre-Planned Marketing Ploy
Swift wrote an "open letter" to Apple in 2015, explaining that she would not be making her new album, 1989, available on Apple Music because of their poor artist compensation plan. By the next morning, the tech juggernaut had announced their intent to change that policy in favor of artists, and Swift shared her album through Apple Music after all.
Theorists believe that this was a marketing stunt for 1989 that had been in the works since 2014, when Swift boycotted Spotify as well. Need proof that Swift stirred up controversy to boost her profile? Shortly after Apple released their statement, she started starring in ads for them.
Her Relationship With Tom Hiddleston Was A Publicity Stunt
Swift has had a number of high-profile partners, many of whom have been immortalized in chart-topping songs. But 2016 seems to have been a particularly rough year for Swift; she broke up with fellow musician Calvin Harris, and was fielding gossip about Kanye West's reference to her in "Famous." She also began dating actor Tom Hiddleston around this time, directing media attention to the unusual pairing. Theorists concocted the idea that "Hiddleswift" was a marketing ploy used to brush past the more negative press - or perhaps even the set-up for a Lemonade-style concept album.
All Her Purses Are Empty
Apparently many fans have come to believe that the only way Swift could possibly maintain her effortless look while carrying a vast array of different purses is if they are all in fact empty. As Vanity Fair points out, there is (probably) no way that she would be able to pose with the bag coolly across her forearm if it were riddled with all the junk most of us hoard in the depths of our own purses.
Her VMAs Run-In With Kanye West Was Planned All Along
Kanye West walked onstage during Swift's VMA acceptance speech in 2009, saying the award should have gone to Beyonce instead. Fans were shocked, but conspiracy theorists were suspicious, and saw the whole event as feeling a bit too planned. Some connected the moment to occult initiation, while others saw the whole moment as merely an excuse for publicity.
Adding weight to the "it was all for publicity" theory, West released "Famous" in 2016, with the infamous line "I made that bitch [Swift] famous." Swift called the lyric "offensive," but Kim Kardashian said she had approved it. That was enough to convince plenty of people that the stunt at the VMAs was pre-meditated to drum up publicity for both performers.