Justin Bieber’s Reptilian Roots: Music’s Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

Australian fans claim to have seen superstar transform into slimy lizard person. (Spoiler alert: He probably didn’t)

Just in case you’ve ever wondered whether it’s actually possible to trace conspiracy theories back to their origins, here’s one where you can. In March 2017, an eyebrow-raising headline started circulating the Internet: “Hundreds of Fans Claim They Saw Justin Bieber Turn Into a Giant Reptile.”


The original website where the article allegedly appeared was Australian news site Perth Now. In the article, several anonymous sources gave colorful descriptions of the supposed scene they saw unfolding before them: Apparently, the Biebz was careless while shapeshifting at a Perth airport, and not one, not two, but hundreds of fans witnessed the pop star undergo a drastic transformation from well-coiffed singer into slimy lizard person, better known as a reptilian.

One particularly memorable quote from the article was attributed to a “local skater,” who said that Bieber “was hanging around with this big guy, his bodyguard I guess, and we were just staring because he kept turning into a huge reptile. His bodyguard was pointing at us, shouting that he’d kick our teeth in if we didn’t put our phones away.”

Another onlooker told the site that “there were girls hiding in toilets, crying. Guys were running for the exits, jumping into taxis to get out of there.” Someone said they saw his eyes go black; another person claimed the singer grew taller and had gross scales all over his body. Basically, there was chaos, there were phones and people were recording the entire, terrifying scene.

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