1.Rumor: Megan Thee Stallion and Justin Timberlake were feuding backstage.
When footage of Megan and Justin's run-in at the MTV Video Music Awards went viral, people immediately assumed something went wrong between them. Because there was no sound, all viewers could see was Megan's facial expression change while she waved her finger back and forth.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 13, 2023
MTV / Via Twitter: @PopCrave
Reality: Megan and Justin are NOT beefing. The two artists hopped on a TikTok together, and Megan admitted that there's no beef between them, she just talks with her hands.
Megan Thee Stallion / Via tiktok.com
2.Rumor: Selena Gomez reacted negatively to the mention of Chris Brown's name. Did she do it, or did the camera just catch her at the wrong time?
While nominations were being read, a camera caught Selena scrunching her face in disgust when she heard his name being called alongside Chloe Bailey's for their single "How Does It Feel." She also notably didn't start clapping again until the next nominees were called.
— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 13, 2023
Reality: Yes, Selena did make that face because of Chris, and she has no regrets about it. In fact, after the video went viral on various social media, Selena responded on Instagram saying, "Who cares lol."
And Selena made it clear she has no interest in becoming society's next big meme.
3.Rumor: People thought Sexyy Red was bored during the show.
As cameras panned the audience throughout the show, someone caught Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift posing for a picture. But a fan also noticed rapper Sexyy Red in the background, appearing to look "bored."
Noam Galai / Getty Images for MTV / Via Twitter: @yonceslewinsky
Reality: The "SkeeYee" rapper was actually just hungry. Sexyy Red confirmed this in a series of tweets.
Noam Galai / Getty Images for MTV / Via Twitter: @SexyyRed314_
She couldn't even get Uber Eats during the breaks.
4.Rumor: Halle Bailey reacted negatively to Anitta winning Best Latin Video for her song "Funk Rave."
As Anitta was accepting her award, cameras gathered reactions from the crowd. While they were doing so, fans thought Halle's facial expressions didn't scream, "Congratulations."
— Partna (Fan Account) (@onIychloexhalle) September 13, 2023
MTV / Via Twitter: @onIychloexhalle
Reality: There is no ill will between the women...at all.
— alex (@wtfalxxz) September 13, 2023
MTV / Via Twitter: @wtfalxxz
In fact, the artists are friends in real life.
5.Last rumor: Yung Miami is pregnant.
A fan asked if the City Girls member was expecting. Miami retweeted the image but didn't respond to the question.
— ✨✨Shayyy✨✨ (@MissMamasShayyy) September 13, 2023
Reality: The rapper is not pregnant. Later in the night, she shared videos of herself partying and getting "tipsy."
She also added to the conversation on Twitter, including sending a sweet message to her boyfriend, Diddy.
Whew, the 2023 MTV VMAs started a lot of chatter online, but thankfully, the celebs were there to clear them up before the rumors got out of hand.
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