’90s Celebrity Rumors You Totally Believed

Rumors can be painful for those involved, unless the people involved are celebrities – then it’s totally cool to make up insane things about them, right? Even though any yahoo with an Internet connection can get online and make up a story about a star these days, the celebrity gossip of the ’90s was brilliant. There were rappers coming back from the dead, secret gay affairs, and pop stars trying to live forever. They just don’t make celebrity gossip like they did in the good old days.

Marilyn Manson Removed His Ribs So He Could Blow Himself

This was one of the most prevalent rumors of the ’90s. The story was that Mr. Manson and his bandmates removed a few of their lower ribs so they could S their own Ds. This rumor is most likely false, if only because no millionaire has ever had trouble finding someone else who could do that for them.

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Angelina Jolie Wears a Vial of Blood Around Her Neck

There was a weird time in all our lives when Angelina Jolie was dating Billy Bob Thornton, and the weirdest part was that we all knew she wore a vial of his blood around her neck. Was this the proof we needed that Jolie was a vampire? Nope. Turns out it wasn’t even a vial, it was just a locket with a smear of blood on the inside. Somehow that’s almost more weird.

Calista Flockhart’s Eating Disorder

Even though she was starring on the hit series Ally McBeal, Calista Flockhart couldn’t shake the rumors of her anorexia. So much so that she feels the rumors negatively impacted her career.

Courtney Love Killed Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain’s suicide was a massive loss for a generation, but it amplified the need for psychiatric care in those with bipolar disorder. But what if it wasn’t a suicide?! What if he was actually murdered by his wife Courtney Love? That’s what a lot of people online believe. As with a lot of conspiracy theories and creepy school yard rumors, this story probably isn’t as interesting as a lot of people want it to be.

Michael Jackson Slept in a Hyperbaric Chamber

The ’90s were rife with weird stories about Michael Jackson and all the crazy go nuts stuff he did. Supposedly, in an effort to help him live longer he slept in a hyperbaric chamber, or at least that’s what people talked about. Oddly enough, this story is kind of true

Tupac Slept with Biggie’s Wife

Beginning with the Tupac track “Hit Em Up,” (a Notorious B.I.G. diss song) a rumor began about Pac sleeping with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans. Notoriously, Tupac stated, “You claim to be a player / But I f***** your wife.” Ouch. Faith Evans denies any such claims, but the rumor still persists.

Britney Spears Got Breast Implants at Age 16

When the “…Baby One More Time” singer made her way from Disney to the world stage, people immediately assumed she was a plastic surgery nightmare. Unfortunately, this is sort of true. Spears’s mother allowed her to get breast implants, but she had them removed after her body kept growing.

“You Oughta Know” Is About Dave Coulier

One of the biggest hits of the ’90s, “You Oughta Know” has a very memorable line about Alanis Morissette performing a sexual act on someone in a theater, and somehow it came out that Alanis dated Dave Coulier, or Uncle Joey to you, and rumors spread like wildfire that the song was about Coulier. 10 years later he said, “Cut. It. Out!” to those rumors.

Tupac Never Died

If, after Tupac was murdered by the police in 1996, you didn’t hear kids talking about how Pac’s death was all a charade so he could go underground and rap as Makaveli, then you were home-schooled. There’s some truth to this rumor, because he did record an album as Makaveli, and some conspiracy theorists/crazy people believe that this album contains a series of clues about his death and resurrection.

Brandon Lee’s Death Was Left in The Crow

In 1993, while filming one of the final scenes of The Crow, Brandon Lee was supposed to be shot with a prop gun, but somehow the bullets turned out to be very real, and he was accidentally murdered on set. According to super creepy kids everywhere, the scene is still in the film. Thankfully, that rumor isn’t true.

Oprah and Gayle Are Lovers

Before most of ’90s teens even understood what “lovers” were, they knew that Oprah, the Queen of All Media, and her bestie Gayle were definitely lovers. Even though Oprah married her beard the love of her life, Steadman, rumors continue to fly about these two.

Suge Knight Hung Vanilla Ice Out a Window

This rumor about the “Ice Ice Baby” singer has been going around since the time of VH1’s Behind the Musicseries when Knight said he threatened to drop Ice out a window if he didn’t sign over the publishing rights from the hit song. In hindsight, this seems dubious. But Vanilla Ice mostly debunks this story while also making it sound like he’s to thank for the second wave of Southern California gangsta rap.

Richard Gere + Gerbil = True Love

Many ’90s kids didn’t even know who Richard Gere was, but they sure knew that he’d meticulously built a series of tubes to lead a gerbil into his butt. Supposedly the urban legend was started by Sylvester Stallone.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Were a Thing

You star in one blockbuster film about a tragic whirlwind romance (and something about a boat?) and everyone automatically assumes you’re an item. Despite having an amazing career, Kate Winslet is still denying that she hooked up with the prettiest boy from Pretty Town aka Leonardo DiCaprio during the making of Titanic.

Lauryn Hill Didn’t Want White People Buying Her Albums

While she was still singing with The Fugees, Lauryn Hill supposedly said,”I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums,” during an interview with MTV. But uh… ain’t nobody got that tape.

Lil Kim Had to Have Her Stomach Pumped

Okay, so this story floated around to just about every pop star at one point. But the most ’90s version was that Lil’ Kim partied too hard and had to have her stomach pumped because it was full of um… well there’s really no SFW way to say it was full of c**. The story began with Rod Stewart, supposedly it was initially spread by an angry journalist, but who knows?

Madonna Got a Nose Job

Most celebrities realize that once they reach the top of the fame heap they’ll be exposed to some form of scandal. But what might be most interesting about this very boring rumor is that because Madonna had already gone so far outside of the norm for a pop star, the best thing that the gossip rags could come up with was a plastic surgery “scandal” that is probably true and  definitely no one cares about. Points to Madonna.

Marilyn Manson Was on the Wonder Years

Note to any future shock rockers out there: If you’re going to paint your face and pretend to be a devil pope, people are going to make up a bunch of weird stuff about you. This theory draws a line between the (sort of) similar facial features of Manson and the character Paul from the ’80s series The Wonder Years. No duh, this story is false.

Steve from Blues Clues Died in a Car Crash

Or from a drug overdose, or a suicide pact, or he was eaten by a large carnivorous plant. A lot of strange things were said about Steve when he stepped away from hosting one of the most riveting programs on Nick Jr. The truth was that he just wanted to get weird.

Mariah Carey Envies Starving Children

During an interview, Carey supposedly said that when she sees “poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean, I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” The quote was picked up by a few magazines, but it was actually from a satirical interview published in 1996. It’s followed her ever since.

Barney the Purple Dinosaur Kept Cocaine in His Tail

If you were a kid in the 90s, you had an opinion about Barney. More than likely you hated his guts, and would believe anything you heard about the man inside the purple suit hiding cocaine in his tail. Who even knew what cocaine was in the ’90s?!

Marisa Tomei Didn’t Really Win an Academy Award

Despite all of the insane rumors on this list, this story about Maris Tomei might be the zaniest. At the 1993 Academy Awards she was up for the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her performance in My Cousin Vinny. They rumor is that Jack Palance accidentally read her name off his card. Obviously, Tomei won the award fair and square because she’s amazing.

Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar Died in a Car Crash

Ah, the death rumor, is there any better type of celebrity urban legend? In the ’90s this rumor bounced wildly around the country in different variations. In some, Gosselaar died in a motorcycle accident. In others, it was Lopez. As we all know, these two lived to make it to The College Years and even a cast reunion on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Reginald Veljohnson and James Avery Were Lovers

That’s right, Carl Winslow and Uncle Phil were skipping through meadows and eating candy, or whatever it is that people do when they’re in love. Honestly, this urban legend is offensive and dumb on so many levels. First off, who cares if either of these actors were/are gay (James Avery, who played Uncle Phil, died in 2013)? And secondly, this rumor suggests that if you are gay, the only people you can hook up with have to look JUST LIKE YOU! To be fair, that kind of logic is perfect ’90s school bus conversation.

Michael J. Fox’s Middle Name Is Jello

Maybe you heard this rumor and got jealous of Marty McFly for having such a gnarly name, but cut it out. Despite the story stating that his parents let him choose his own middle name, prompting him to choose “Jello,” it’s not true.