Kylie Jenner is one of the most widely recognizable celebrities in the world. Whether through her prolific presence on social media, her new makeup line, or her decade-long tenure on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it seems as though Jenner is always in the public eye.
That being said, with great exposure comes the a host of outlandish speculation, and this latest conspiracy theory involving Jenner is one of the most extreme yet. It what can only be considered the reality TV equivalent of The Beatles’ “Paul Is Dead” claim, this new theory claims that the real Kylie Jenner is no longer alive and has in fact been replaced by a body double.
Read on to learn about how this conspiracy theory got started and whether people are actually taking it seriously.
1. The Theory Started On Twitter
This conspiracy theory first caught fire on May 14th, when Twitter user @w0rmboy posted a side-by-side comparison of Jenner from five years ago, which shows her with long brunette hair, little make-up and thin eyebrows, next to a photo of Jenner from 2016, which shows her with bright pink hair, plump lips, and heavy make-up.
Working off the notable differences in these photos, @w0rmboy writes: “New conspiracy theory: Kylie Jenner died in 2013 and was replaced with a clone who looks nothing like her.” The theory is that when Jenner “died,” her family members and fellow Keeping Up With The Kardashians co-stars decided to cover it up and replace her with someone else in an effort to keep ratings up. Sound crazy yet?
2. It Suggests That Jenner Never Actually Has Plastic Surgery
It’s no secret that Jenner looks radically different from when Keeping Up The Kardashians first aired in 2007. Countless articles and lists have been published that compare her before and “after” photos, which go on to highlight the changes in her hips, her derriere, her eyes, her jaw, and most notably, her lips. At a glance, she appears to be a completely different person, which actually plays quite nicely into @w0rmboy’s conspiracy theory.
Us Weekly ran an entire piece on it in 2016, titled “Kylie Jenner: How Her Face Has Changed,” and the massive shift in appearance between 2013-14 (the supposed time of the switch) is pretty startling when compared. Of course, this can all be chalked up as the result of various plastic surgeries and lip injections.
3. It’s Gotten Over 15,000 Likes
Needless to say, this conspiracy theory got lots of attention from fans online, and @w0rmboy’s tweet has racked up over 15,000 likes. Response varied greatly, with some fully buying into the supposed switch by saying things like “This is my favorite conspiracy theory ever, everything makes sense now” or co-signing the theory by passing the word along. Check out some of these tweets below:
As to be expected, others found the whole thing to be silly, and took the opportunity to poke fun at Jenner and the Kardashians as a whole:
4. Jenner Has Dealt With Death Hoaxes In the Past
This isn’t the first time Jenner has had to deal with rumors that she might no longer be living. In fact, it was less than a week ago that a Facebook page titled “R.I.P. Kylie Jenner” attracted nearly one million likes. The about page gave an eerily realistic-sounding account of the supposed death:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (May 17, 2017), our beloved model Kylie Jenner passed away. Kylie Jenner was born on August 10, 1997 in Calabasas. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
According to Media Mass, hundreds of fans “immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page.” Given the amount of traffic and attention that the page received, Jenner’s representatives were forced to issue a statement on May 18th clarifying that she was very much alive: “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the internet.”
5. She Is the Second Celebrity In Weeks to Face These Claims
Many will note the similarities between this latest Jenner conspiracy theory and the one that recently befell pop singer Avril Lavigne. This theory claimed that Lavigne died in 2004, and for the past decade has been replaced by an actress named Melissa Vandella. The theory was put forth by a fan who runs an Avril Lavigne website titled “Avril Is Dead,” and supports this with countless examples of subliminal messages, birthmarks, and what’s referred to as “an abrupt and sudden change of personality.”
Read more about Lavigne and her conspiracy theory below.