Surely by now, you would have heard of that conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney died and was replaced by a body double. Heck, you might even be aware of the claim that there’s a different universe in which The Beatles never broke up. But there’s an even crazier one out there, one claiming that the band was instead made up of clones.

The website The Beatles Never Existed appeared in about 2011 and exists to push one ‘simple’ theory; The Beatles (as they were presented to us) never existed. “This site is here to expose the actions of those who exploited these young men – in whatever form they actually appeared to us – and defrauded us their fans. It is to defend the honor of everyone involved who did not take part in it willingly,” the site begins.

“It has become apparent to us in this extensive and painstaking research that there were never just four individual people known as ‘John’, ‘Paul’, ‘George’, and ‘Ringo’ who comprised one Rock & Roll band known as ‘The Beatles’, and rose to fame as the world’s first supergroup. For all intents and purposes as far as we can tell, no one such group ever existed.”

In case you’re getting ready to write off this theory as pure fiction, the website even puts forth four aspects of proof. See, since there’s no way to definitive prove that The Beatles were clones, the website relies solely on four physical aspects of the members; height discrepancies, different eyebrows, ears, and teeth.

The height discrepancies aspect of the proof claims that Paul McCartney managed to grow a number of inches within the span of just a few months. Just look at these photos, people, there’s no way that there’s any other reason for why Paul McCartney might appear shorter in the photos on the left. Case closed, The Beatles were clones.

Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing height discrepancies of the members

But the ‘proof’ doesn’t stop there. No, there’s also the proof that Paul McCartney’s eyebrows have varied over the years, as well as the fact that his teeth and hair changed as well. While we’re not even going to tackle the problem with the proof that comes from McCartney’s hair changing over the course of one year, you might be thinking, “do they have proof that relates to any of the other Beatles?” Yes indeed, in fact they believe that there’s proof relating to all three versions of John Lennon as well.

Using photos from The Beatles’ White Album and their 1963 record With The Beatles, the theory claims that John Lennon’s facial figures change so much that the only logical explanation is there must have been up to three different John Lennons used throughout the group’s history. We’re through the looking glass here, people.

Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing John Lennon
Image from The Beatles Never Existed showing John Lennon

The research that has gone into this theory makes us wonder if this is indeed the work of some individuals who truly believe this, or whether this is some sort of hoax that has managed to gain more momentum than first planned.

If anything though, this theory does help to put the ‘Paul is dead’ theory to rest. After all, how can Paul McCartney have died if he never existed in the first place?

Anyway, you can catch the real Paul McCartney touring Australia on his first Aussie tour in 24 years this December. If you get the chance, be sure to ask him about this theory, and don’t take no for an answer, because that’s exactly what a Paul McCartney clone would say.

In the meantime, check out The Beatles’ ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’, which sums up the majority of the ‘proof’ in this wild theory.

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