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A Brief History of Matt Bellamy's Brushes with Conspiracy Theories

Of course he thinks he's seen a UFO.
Lauren O'Neill
London, GB

Matt Bellamy out of Muse, bless him, is no stranger to being "on one". Quite frankly he has been since 2006 when he made a name for himself by calmly expressing the opinion that 9/11 was an inside job (a statement he has since recanted, in fairness). Now you will all be delighted to hear that Bellamy believes he has seen a UFO, as he told the good people at Radio X:

"I may have been abducted."

Although Bellamy does acknowledge that it might have been a helicopter, the metallic sunglasses he is wearing indoors do tell a different story (ie: the story that Matt Bellamy is absolutely your weird uncle after the divorce). But of course, it's not his first rodeo. Bellamy has been on the conspiracy theory train for many years. Here are some of his greatest hits:


2006: '9/11 Was an Inside Job'

Ah yes. '9/11 was an inside job,' essentially short hand for 'I still live at my mum's and subsist off cheesy Wotsits (Americans, those are like Cheetos) that I eat at my desktop computer.' According to Complete Music Update, Bellamy said back in 2006 that he believed that "There was a document called 'Project For The New America Century' […] which clearly says, 'We need a Pearl Harbour-level event so we can have an excuse to invade the Middle East.'"

2012: Retracts 9/11 Comments (Obviously)

In 2012 he told the Metro "I don't believe that any more, although there are lots of questions to be answered," regarding his 9/11 comments. He also said that he'd been trying to read from "more credible sources" which obviously meant "I've stopped going on Reddit at 4 in the morning as much."

2015: Insinuates That the US Is Flouting the Geneva Convention

Bellamy met Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State to George Bush, back in 2012 at the White House Correspondents Dinner. He told NME that he asked him about "hollow point bullets": "I asked him about hollow-point bullets, because Homeland Security had purchased millions of them. They explode when they hit you – I think they are banned under the Geneva Convention. This was widely reported in the conspiracy press, and the question was why were they buying so many. It looked like they were preparing for massive riots."

I was actually almost with him until he said "conspiracy press".

2017: Literal Aliens

Which brings us to now, when he's going on the radio suggesting that he may or may not have experienced an alien abduction. The Tom DeLonge of the UK (without the bangers) (sorry "Supermassive Black Hole") strikes again and he only seems to be getting more batshit, which is great news for people like me who have to make content out of things that famous people say. Thanks Matt!

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