The biggest musical star of our time, and one half of the world's most famous power couple, may have been lying to millions of her adoring fans for years.
Conspiracy theories are widely known to be an internet craze. Nearly every piece of news, event or individual that has ever been in the public eye has been subject to a concise, bizarre or wacky conspiracy theory, and Beyoncé is no exception.
The theory in question? What age is Beyoncé...
Now, before you start yelling at me 34, let's go back a decade ago to when the internet first became awash with the crazy "Beyoncé is older than you think!" theory and look how it all began...
As you can imagine, the evidence for this theory is pretty much non-existent/blown widely out of proportion. The theory is usually credited at stemming from two places of origin.
The REAL birth certificate
There’s a rumor that Beyoncé wasn’t actually born in 1981. Instead, the year thrown around on the web is that Beyoncé was in fact born in the year 1974, making her 41, not 34. Way back when, MediaTakeOut reported that they had a tipster who claimed to work for the Department of Health in Texas. The story goes that said worker unearthed her real birth certificate, revealing the true birth date of the superstar. Of course, the tipster was neither named nor was the document verified. Because, you know, that would be too much actual evidence...
Vague Statements from Gabrielle Union
Another piece of 'evidence' commonly pointed towards during the Beyoncé age scandal, is a quote given in an interview from actress Gabrielle Union.
Beyoncé and I have been friends since we were teenagers. We go to the same hairstylist now and you know how those bonds are! B is such a polite, nurturing person and a joy to work with. It’s easy to work with her because she is a good friend of mine.
What's weird about that? Well, supporters of the theory point towards the fact that Gabrielle Union was born in 1972, making her 42 and thus would of made it practically impossible to be a teenage friend to Beyoncé.
So what's the reason for dredging this all up in 2015?
The conspiracy theory reared it's ugly head once again thanks to someone who would most certainly know the age of Queen Bee. Her father, Matthew Knowles.
In a recent interview with "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105.1 in New York, her father commented that Beyoncé was the "exact same age" as P!nk and Usher, and that the three were rivals when they were "all 14 or 15 years old."
However, this would still only make Beyoncé 36 and not 34, with P!nk born in 1979 and Usher in 1978. Hardly a scandal of our times. It's entirely possible (if not likely true) that Matthew misspoke, or generalized the age of her contemporary artists from that time period. It's also possible that Matthew is fuelling the theory, due to the bad blood that exists between himself and daughter since she fired him as her manager.
But wait... It gets more insane...
Where the theory get's really wacky?
If Beyoncé truly has lied about her age by the insane number of two years, that would still denounce the conspiracy theory for a total and utter hoax due to its primary reason of exisiting.
In the most bizarre corners of the internet, conspiracy theorists believe that Beyoncé has faked her age to disguise the fact that she gave birth to Solange Knowles. Her sister. That's right, some people think Queen Bee is a grandmother.
This again, all stems from a very vague piece of evidence, and one that I imagine wouldn't hold up in court.
According to a 'Columbia Records former employer' Beyoncé's cousin stated to her in confidence that Solange is actually the singing sensations daughter, and not sister.
Of course, if Beyoncé was in fact born in 1979, she would have been 7 years old when she gave birth to Solange Knowles. Somehow, we find that slightly hard to believe... But make of it what you will!