There was a lot of fake news flying about online in 2016. The following, utterly baffling and bizarre stories covered on NME.com this year however, were all very much true - from rapper B.O.B. trying to convince his fans the Earth was flat, to Kanye West literally embracing President-elect Donald Trump at his NYC gaff. In a world where fact has truly became stranger than fiction, we select the most unbelievable and confusing headlines from this weird old year.
When: Jun 20, 2016
The story: When frontman DeLonge left Blink in 2015, he initially cited an inability “to commit” to the group. A year later, DeLonge suggested that actually, it was his desire to investigate UFOs and little green men that forced him to leave. “Dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you’re being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you’ve been passionate about your whole life — something that has the opportunity to change the world over time — being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path. But I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do.”
What happened next: He backtracked slightly, claiming that it didn’t result in him leaving the band, but insisted that he was working with the US government on tracking down UFOs.