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41 celebrities supposedly in the Illuminati

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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Who runs the world?

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Who runs the world?

Is it just us, or is there something about celebrities that seems super suspicious? If you want to take a trip with us down the conspiracy theory internet rabbit hole, we'd love to know: How did these stars get so famous? Who helped them on their climb to the top? And is it possible that maybe — just maybe — there's some kind of secret society that ensures the hottest celebrities stay hot?

To answer the last part of your question, we can go straight to the horse’s mouth. The official Illuminati website (yes, it is “Illuminati Official”) says, “The Illuminati is an elite organization of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet. Our coalition unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.”

Because this secret task force designed to save the world is so darn mysterious, many people think celebrities are in cahoots. While the original Illuminati was founded in the 18th century in Bavaria, plenty of online communities are convinced that it is the famous folks who now run the secret society. But if your favorite celebrities really are playing puppet master behind the scenes, wouldn't you want to know?

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Adam Lambert

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Adam Lambert

The artwork for Lambert's Ghost Town reveals the Freemason's Hidden Hand.

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Adele

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Adele

Adele was reportedly recruited by the Illuminati early in her career and often uses one-eye symbolism. 

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Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys

The occult Illuminati symbolism Alicia Keys supposedly uses includes the All-Seeing Eye and Satan Horns.

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Chris Brown

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown's "New Flame" video features a burning triangle, among other occult symbols. 

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Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Bynes

Illuminati theorists claim that Amanda Bynes' mental health issues are the result of Illuminati mind control.

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Beyoncé

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé's rumored affiliation with the Illuminati is so prevalent it has been parodied by Reductress.

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Britney Spears

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Britney Spears

Like Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears allegedly underwent trauma-based mind-control programming

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Barack Obama

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Barack Obama

Not only is President Obama rumored to be in the Illuminati, he is supposedly the Antichrist. 

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Emma Watson

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Emma Watson

Harry Potter's Emma Watson has framed her eye with the number six in photos, sparking Illuminati chatter.

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Céline Dion

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Céline Dion

In concert, Céline Dion often throws up the Devil's Horns hand gesture — a nod to the devil, supposedly.

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Will Smith

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Will Smith

Will Smith isn't the only Illuminati member in his household — theorists claim the whole fam is. 

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has admitted to incorporating an Illuminati ritual into her shows after having a dream about it.

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Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie's natural seductiveness could mean she is reptilian, say Illuminati theorists. 

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Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera

Aguilera's "Your Body" video features pentagrams, symbols of the goat-head demon Baphomet, and more. 

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Daft Punk

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Daft Punk

The favorite symbol of Daft Punk — often used as a gigantic DJ booth in shows — is none other than a triangle.

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The cast of 'Boy Meets World'

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The cast of 'Boy Meets World'

In theory forums online, it was suggested the cast of Boy Meets World was "involved" with the Illuminati.

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Fetty Wap

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Fetty Wap

In the most bizarre theory yet, Illuminati theorists claim Fetty Wap traded his eye to the Illuminati for fame. 

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Jessie J

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Jessie J

The symbolism in Jessie J's "Price Tag" video supposedly speaks to the importance of indoctrination

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Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake

Nearly every JT video is rife with Illuminati symbolism, so say theorists. I mean, his voice is otherworldly.

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Iggy Azalea

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Iggy Azalea

It is suggested that Iggy Azalea only found fame after she made a deal with Satan to produce raunchy music.

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Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne wore a ball cap with an inverted cross and pyramid during a photo shoot for Interview Magazine.

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Kanye West

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Kanye West

Kanye West definitely plays up the Illuminati rumors with a Horus necklace and plenty of occult imagery.

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Katy Perry

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Katy Perry

From "Firework" to "California Gurls," Katy Perry allegedly subverts all her videos with Illuminati symbolism

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Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian

She denies it, but Kim Kardashian's rise to fame is credited to some illicit pact with the Illuminati.

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Kesha

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Kesha

Kesha "joked" in a Rolling Stone interview that she was "really the leader of the Illuminati."

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LeBron James

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LeBron James

The crux of the theories surrounding James is that he is too good — and flashes the triangle hand sign. 

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez

There isn't much in the way of credible theories suggesting JLo is Illuminati but, I mean, look at her. Ageless!

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Lindsay Lohan

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Lindsay Lohan

Rumor has it Lindsay Lohan's woes stem from a fight with the Illuminati, and she says they are stalking her.

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Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez

A recent addition, Gomez supposedly paid homage to the All-Seeing Eye on her album cover.

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Madonna

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Madonna

A now-infamous pic making the rounds shows Madonna rocking a jacket with an All-Seeing Eye — in the '80s.

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Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus

"Citizen journalist" Rick Wiles claims Miley Cyrus has been baptized into the Illuminati and has sex with demons.

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Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj

Not only is Nicki Minaj in the Illuminati, she is reportedly responsible for Whitney Houston's death.

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Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage

When an old picture of a man identical to Nicolas Cage surfaced, theorists claimed it was proof of his immortality. 

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Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams

He never ages, you guys. He never ages. Thus, he must be in the Illuminati (or so they say). 

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The cast of 'Pretty Little Liars'

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The cast of 'Pretty Little Liars'

According to "experts," Ashley Benson and the other Liars indulge in Illuminati practices to ensure their fame.

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Rihanna

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Rihanna

Rihanna flashed a fake headline in her "S&M" video that proclaimed her "Princess of the Illuminati."

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Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift

Aside from basically being all-powerful in the biz, Swift reportedly employs lots o' symbolism in her performances.

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Serena Williams

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Serena Williams

Apparently, phenomenal talent must mean that you sold your soul to the Illuminati for world domination. 

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Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton

Rumor has it that the Illuminati targeted the influential Hilton family to perform mind control on the children.

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Prince

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Prince

Prince's death was ruled an accidental overdose, but conspirators believe he was killed by the secret group.

Originally published November 2015. Updated Sept. 2016.

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