Was Richard Gere found in a compromising position with a gerbil and did Ozzy Osbourne bite the head off a bat? To find out the truth behind the craziest celebrity rumors, read on . . .
1. Richard Gere
This has to be the craziest and most persistent celebrity rumor ever – that Richard Gere was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital with a gerbil stuck up his bum. But the Pretty Woman star insists it’s not true, telling the U.K’s Metro newspaper that the “infamous” story is an “urban myth.”
2. Prince Harry
It seems logical. Ginger-haired Prince Harry looks nothing like Prince Charles so he must be the by-product of Princess Diana’s affair with the redheaded Major James Hewitt. But Harry was born in 1984 and Hewitt said he didn’t meet the late Princess of Wales until 1986. Also Diana comes from a family of redheads that include her brother Charles Spencer and her sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
3. Elvis Presley
He died in his Memphis home on August 16, 1977 but rumors still persist that Elvis Presley is alive and well. Despite the National Enquirer publishing the photo of his corpse in an open casket days after his death there have been reported Elvis sightings across the globe.
4. Angelina Jolie and James Haven
You kiss your brother tenderly on the lips in public, declare your love for him and everyone thinks you’re sleeping with each other. That’s what Angelina Jolie and James Haven discovered when they shared a full-on lip-lock at the 2000 Oscars. They both deny any inappropriate relationship.
5. Ozzy Osbourne
It sounds like a rumor but, yes, Ozzy Osbourne did bite the head off a bat at a live gig. In his memoir the U.K. singer said he thought it was a rubber toy, but was shocked when “my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine.”
6. Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger and a Mars bar
It seems very rock and roll: British police raid the home of Keith Richards in a drugs bust in 1967 and find Mick Jagger allegedly eating a Mars bar out of his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull’s vagina. All parties involved said it never happened and was a figment of a cop’s overzealous imagination.
7. Led Zeppelin
Another British band, another food item, same orifice. In his Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, rock journalist Stephen Davis claims to have witnessed the rockers put pieces of shark into a groupie’s lady bits and rectum. But Zeppelin’s road manager Richard Cole later said he was the culprit and the fish was a red snapper.
8. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
She is snapped so frequently with best friend Gayle King and without her longtime partner Stedman Graham, even Oprah Winfrey isn’t surprised people think she’s gay. In 2006 she said she gets “why people label it – how can you be this close without it being sexual?” Both women deny the allegation, though, and Gayle says: “If we were gay, we would so tell you.”
9. George Clooney
Ladies’ man George Clooney said in a 2012 interview he doesn’t “give a sh*t” if people think he’s gay. And the silver fox also refuses to “jump up and down” to deny the persistent rumors, telling The Advocate: “That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community.”
10. Michael Jackson
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. The rumor: Michael Jackson slept in an oxygen chamber in a bid to “live to 150” claimed the National Enquirer in 1986. The truth – according to former editor Iain Calder – Jacko and the tabloid allegedly concocted the story together.
11. Mama Cass
Poor Mamas and the Papas singer Cass Elliot will forever be linked to the urban myth that she died choking on a ham sandwich. The obese star was found in a London apartment in 1974 with a partially eaten sandwich in her room, but Mama Cass actually died of a heart attack. An autopsy revealed there was no food in her windpipe.
12. Marilyn Manson
Unfortunately goth rocker Marilyn Manson did not play Fred Savage’s geeky best friend Paul in the sitcom The Wonder Years. Josh Saviano – now a New York lawyer – did.
Irked by the rumor she had some of her ribs removed to look thinner Cher actually got British plastic surgeon Dr. F V Nicolle to inspect her body to dispute the claim. She once said that, if it were true, there would be “visible scars everywhere” when she wears “next to nothing.”
14. Jamie Lee Curtis
Rumor has it that actress Jamie Lee Curtis was born with ambiguous genitalia and is actually genetically male. The daughter of Hollywood screen icons Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis has never addressed these claims. But, according to urban legend, the claim she was intersex at birth has been mentioned as fact at lectures in some medical schools.
15. Lady Gaga
Back in 2009 a camera caught Lady Gaga at a bad angle during a performance and poking through under her dress was flesh-colored bump. Cue accusations the Born This Way singer has a penis followed by denials from her camp. But in 2011 Gaga told a French TV station: “I love the rumor that I have a penis.”
16. Jennifer Lopez
It is arguably her most famous ass–et, so it isn’t too much of a stretch to believe tabloid claims that J. Lo insured her bottom for $300 million and her whole body for $1 billion back in 1999. But Jennifer has pooh-poohed the claims saying: “When I heard the story I thought it was very funny.”
17. Cameron Diaz
Does Cameron Diaz only wash her face with Evian water? Yes, (sort of) according to the actress who told Irish comedian Graham Norton that she uses the mineral water during film shoots because she won’t wash her face in her trailer as the water in the water tank “sits there forever and ever and ever.”
18. Suri Cruise
When Suri Cruise was born in 2006 speculation was rife that she was not Tom Cruise’s biological daughter and instead was sired by Katie Holmes’ ex, Chris Klein. The very litigious Tom has always been adamant that not only is he Suri’s dad he is a caring one at that.
19. Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei’s Oscar win for My Cousin Vinny was apparently a fluke. Jack Palance – who presented the award – supposedly either flubbed his lines or was too stoned to notice he had called out the wrong name. But journalist Steve Pond said the Academy organizers have “clear instructions that if a presenter…says the wrong name, they are to walk on stage, stop the show and announce the correct winner.
20. John Lennon and Brian Epstein
Three authors – Albert Goldman, Peter Shotton and Hunter Davies – have all claimed that John Lennon, at the very least, had sex with Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein who died in 1967. John Lennon told Playboy in 1980 that “it was never consummated, but we had a pretty intense relationship.” His ex-wife Cynthia also disputed the allegations.
21. David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Two skinny rock gods, rolling around naked in bed together sounds like a tabloid journalist’s dream and Angela Bowie – David Bowie’s ex-wife – claims that’s exactly what she saw when she supposedly walked in on her husband and Mick Jagger allegedly having sex. However, lawyers for both men have denied the claim.
22. Saved By the Bell
The only thing more shocking then a fake celebrity death story is one involving more than one celebrity. Back in 1993 claims surfaced that Saved By The Bell stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez died in a car accident. Twenty years later Mario presents Extra and Mark-Paul stars in the TV show Franklin & Bash.
Remember those rumors that Beyoncé faked her pregnancy and donned a prosthetic bump for months while a surrogate carried her baby? Speculation was rife after her belly seemed to deflate during an appearance on Australian TV. But Beyoncé hit back telling People the rumors weren’t “hurtful…just crazy.”
24. John “Mikey” Gilchrist
Fear not, the actor who played Mikey in the Life cereal commercial from 1972 to 1984 is alive and well. In 2012, the former child actor told Long Island Newsday: “The folklore is that I ate Pop Rocks, the exploding candles and I drank a soda and my stomach blew up.” Clearly that did not happen.
25. J. Edgar Hoover
Apparently J. Edgar Hoover – the bigoted FBI head who kept wiretaps on Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert – had a few secrets of his own. Rumors that he was a closeted gay, cross-dresser have never been proven or disproven and remains an issue open to debate.