The rumor all started after the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star revealed she and husband Kanye West purchased two items of clothing once worn by Michael Jackson as holiday gifts for their six-year-old child.
According to E! News, they picked up the late singer’s bejeweled velvet jacket, which he famously wore to Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday in 1997, as well as the white fedora he wore in his “Smooth Criminal” music video in 1988 through Julien’s Auction House.
“North is a really big Michael Jackson fan,” Kardashian told fans in one of her Instagram Stories. “We knew she would love this.” She added: “She’s so grateful and excited.”
The reality star also bought rings that once belonged to Elvis Presley for her brother Rob Kardashian.
But social media users began turning Kardashian’s Christmas gifts into a meme, claiming she and West also purchased other ludicrous items for their daughter. Some Twitter users went as far to Photoshop fake pictures making it seem the couple also bought the exact same shirt JFK was wearing when he was assassinated while riding in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, in 1963.
One photoshopped image made it look as if Kardashian had posted “the gift” to her Instagram Story with the caption, “Along with the Michael Jackson’s jacket and hat, North also got the shirt John F. Kennedy wore when he was assassinated.” Media outlets began picking up the story on December 30, assuming the gift was real, which again prompted fans on Twitter to circulate and react to the story.
Eventually the Skims founder was prompted to respond to the “obviously fake” news.
“That is a sick joke that someone tweeted as a fake ig story that I never posted,” Kim tweeted. (One of the media outlets who originally reported it, Refinery29, has since removed the image and the excerpt about the bloodied shirt from its original article.)