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If you ask the internet who runs the Illuminati, the first name you hear will always be Beyoncé, the secret society’s reigning Queen. She let the rumor live for years before finally addressing it in the aforementioned “Formation” lyric. Even though Bey denied her involvement, theorists will always be on the lookout with an eagle eye for more signs.
If Bey is Queen of the Illuminati, Jay is King, and together they’re producing the next generation of enlightened royalty. They were named as members the moment Jay first held up his signature Roc Nation hand sign, palms flat in a triangle shape, and the rumors haven’t stopped since. Jay addressed the secret society on Rick Ross’s track “Freemason” in 2010, saying “I said I was amazing / Not that I’m a Mason” and “I’m red hot / I’m on my third 6 / But a devil I’m not.” But if you think a few denying lines in a song will convince the believers to change their minds, think again.
In 2014, Madonna released a song called “Illuminati” on her album Rebel Heart. The chorus repeats: “It’s like everybody in this party’s shining like Illuminati.” Madonna immediately clarified that she intended for the word to represent its earlier meaning—“enlightened”—as opposed to a continuation of the Enlightenment-era Illuminati. Our take? Whether she’s a member or not, it was definitely a calculated move to drop the i-word so casually. She knew it would get people talking, and here we are doing just that, years later. Well played, Madge.
Certain hand symbols and gestures are massive giveaways to Illuminati conspiracy theorists, and Donald Trump is a textbook gesturer. But theorists can’t seem to agree on his level of involvement within the organization. Some simply believe that every U.S. president becomes a member upon their election, while others are convinced that he’s an incredibly powerful (and dangerous) mind-controller. Either way, we’re screwed.
After the Carter family, the Wests are probably the next highest-ranking Illuminati officials, according to conspiracy theorists. But unlike the Carters, Kim loves to feed the trolls. She gets high off it. Whenever a new round of Illuminati claims come her way she quietly perpetuates the gossip, stepping out in satanic red or posting an Instagram collage in the shape of the enlightened eye. Be careful, Kim, or your antics might cause you your membership.
The Illuminati are allegedly the tastemakers we all follow, and Kanye is one of the world’s greatest. My favorite Kanye/Illuminati conspiracy theory states that Kim is the devil, and Kanye is the demon, and little North is a sacrificial goat. That’s an air-tight concept if I’ve ever heard one.
LiLo has long been the target of Illuminati claims. Part of me wonders if she’s too irrelevant to be considered a top member anymore, but another part of me thinks her departure from the public eye is what lends the theory its credibility. Quick: Where is Lindsay Lohan right now? We bet you have no idea, because she stays largely out of the public eye these days. After all, if you drop too many hints about being in the Illuminati, they’ll kick you out, and she doesn’t have much else going on right now.
So far, we’ve covered our bases with Illuminati members from music, TV, movies, pop culture, and politics. LeBron brings the missing link to the table: the sports world. He checks all the boxes: money, fame, a #6 jersey that he wore a few times, a close friendship with Jay Z, a T-shirt decorated with triangles. Case closed!
RiRi is another celebrity commonly associated with the Illuminati, but honestly? I’m not sure if Rihanna cares enough to be a member. If she is, she’s definitely not an active one. Girlfriend couldn't care less about using her influence to achieve world domination and establish one central government. She just wants to smoke weed and drink wine from the front row at fashion shows. Can you blame her?
The conspiracy theories surrounding Michael Jackson being in the Illuminati are, unsurprisingly, complicated. Some believe he was a member because of his high level of fame. Others take MJ’s involvement a step further, claiming that he exposed too many of the Illuminati’s secrets, thus explaining his real cause of death.