As long as there have been celebrities, there have been outlandish rumors circulating about them. These tall tales keep us interested and capture the wild extremes of the human imagination, but what celebrities think of their conspiracy theories range from humor and acceptance to downright denial and anger. Many of these rumors are so outrageous as to be laughable, but some are flat-out mean-spirited.
Have stars confirmed crazy rumors about themselves? Well, in most cases, they haven't given confirmations so much as they have injected a dose of reality into the conversation. Conspiracy theories tend to fall apart once you introduce cold, hard facts into the narrative, and that's just what these celebs have done. A true story, no matter how absurd, will stand up to some basic questioning; a ridiculous conspiracy theory will not.
Keanu Reeves has been dogged by rumors that he is some immortal figure who has lived for centuries. There's even a website devoted to this wild story. Proponents of the theory point to two main assertions. First, Reeves doesn't seem to age, which, given the star's remarkably boyish good looks, is somewhat understandable. The second "fact" conspiracy theorists cite is Reeves bears a resemblance to some noted historical figures like Charlemagne, sixteenth century painter Parmigianino, and French actor Paul Mounet. Reeves has addressed the theory head-on when asked in interviews, calling them "crazy." He also insists that he ages just like everyone else:
"I'm every cliché. F*cking mortality. Aging. I'm just starting to get better at it. Just the amount of stuff you have to do before you're dead. I'm all of the clichés, and it's embarrassing. It's all of them. It's just, 'Oh my God. OK. Where did the time go? How come things are changing? How much time do I have left? What didn’t I do?'"
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Jennifer Lopez has no qualms showing off her derriere, whether it be dedicating entire songs to it or shaking it like nobody's business in a show-stopping performance. There's some logic in the suggestion that she might not want to take chances with her most notable physical asset, so getting her rear-end insured for millions does make a certain amount of sense. But, alas, the rumors are not true. In an interview with James Corden, he asked her point-blank if her tuchus was insured for a small fortune, and J-Lo denied any such policy or coverage.
"No! There is no such thing as that. I think there is a place in your homeland [England, where Corden is from] where you can insure certain things, parts of your body - seriously. I think that exists. I’ve heard that. Not here, I don’t think!"
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When it comes to celebrity rumors, few are as over-the-top and delightfully nutso as the theory that rocker Marilyn Manson had a rib removed. And why, you ask, would a megastar like Manson have a pretty crucial bone eliminated from his already-skeletal frame? To give himself oral pleasure, of course! Surprisingly, Manson took on the rumor during an interview when a fan named Keith asked him directly about it. He said:
"Wow! Does Keith get money if I answer this? No comment. Keith, you c*nt!"
Uh-oh. That's not an outright denial. Cue the rumor mill in 3, 2, 1…
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Since the early 1990s, Richard Gere has been the subject of a bizarre story that he was once taken to the hospital to have a gerbil removed from his rectum. The story suggests that the incident was a strange sexual proclivity on Gere's part that had gone horribly wrong. This rumor was so prevalent for a time that Gere vowed to ignore the press as much as possible. He told an interviewer:
"I stopped reading the press a long time ago. Lots of crazy things came up about me at first, especially from the tabloids. There is an infamous 'Gere stuck a hamster up his bum' urban myth."
Notice he said "hamster" and not "gerbil." While his denials are all well and good, many have pointed out his mistake as proof that such rumors are true.
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