A photo purporting to show pop superstar Ariana Grande kissing 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, which has gone viral on Twitter in the past, has been circulating on social media again.
the Thank you, next The singer, who was eight years old in September 2001, is pictured sitting on the lap of the former al-Qaeda leader.
But does the photo actually show the crossover that no one asked for? Did the mastermind behind one of the worst atrocities of the 21st century cross paths with Pete Davidson’s ex?
A photo posted to Twitter in May 2022 shows what appears to be Grande kissing bin Laden on the cheek as he sat on her lap.
A number of users tweeted the photo with the caption “Is this real?”
Despite the compelling presentation, the photo is actually not real, but is an example of manipulated content.
This is a doctored image originally taken in 2016 at MTV Video Music Awards— from Grande with her former partner, the late rapper Mac Miller. This was taken more than five years after bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS.
Bin Laden’s face appears to have been cut out of one of the former Taliban leader’s existing archival images and superimposed over Miller’s body.
For more context, Grande would have recently turned eight at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks and was 17 when the leader of al-Qaeda was assassinated in Pakistan in May 2011.
At the time of bin Laden’s death, Grande had found some fame on the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious, but she hadn’t become the pop superstar she is today.
Above all, if Grande had known the location of America’s Most Wanted Former Terroristperhaps she could have leaked information in the nearly ten years it took the US government to track him down (especially for the $25 million reward offered by the FBI).
The photo of Ariana Grande and Osama bin Laden is not real, it is edited from an image of Grande and her ex-partner Mac Miller.
FACT CHECK BY NEWSWEEK