The Wall Street Journal inadvertently confirmed rumors that pop singer Beyonce, born Beyonce Gisselle Knowles, is 40 years old.
In an article about superstars over age 40 with the highest record sales in the last 26 years, Beyonce's name was intentionally omitted as being under 40. A glaring confirmation that Beyonce -- who's stated age is 36 -- is actually 40 years old.
The Wall Street Journal wrote:
"Of the 25 artists with the highest record sales in the U.S. since 1991, when reliable data first became available, just one -- Britney Spears -- is under 40, Nielsen data show. Nineteen of the 25 are over 50 years old."
For years rumors swirled that the "Lemonade" singer was older than her stated age.
Record labels have a longstanding tradition of shaving years (even a decade) off a star's age to make that star appeal to younger audiences.
The late Michael Jackson, then lead singer of the Jackson 5, gave his age as 14 for three straight years until a music magazine reporter revealed his actual age was 17.
In the video below, Michael Douglas interviews the Jackson 5 in 1974 -- when Michael had just turned 16. But listen as he gives his age as 14.
Other lesser known celebrities routinely lied about their ages to qualify for roles that would normally go to a younger artist.
Late last year, IMDB.com filed a lawsuit in California to overturn the Actors Age Law that requires the movie website to remove the real ages of actors and actresses listed on the site.
The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia.com routinely publishes fake ages provided to them by celebrity publicists.
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