With Queen Elizabeth II passing away aged 96 on Thursday, it was certain that the longest-reigning monarch in British history would become a talking point on social media.
However, amid the inevitable flood of gushing tributes has arisen a most bizarre of theories that the late sovereign will actually be reincarnated as the child of a colorful social media influencer.
In the hours leading up to the Queen’s death, a number of Twitter users pointed out that nonbinary YouTuber Trisha Paytas had announced earlier that they had gone into labor with their first child, a girl.
“How much y’all wanna bet Trisha Paytas is going to say her child is the reincarnation of queen?” RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Jasmine Kennedie tweeted on Thursday.
How much y’all wanna bet Trisha Paytas is going to say her child is the reincarnation of queen?
— Jasmine(Mouth Almighty)Kennedie (@jasminekennedie) September 8, 2022
Perhaps as a way to lighten the mood or a case of Twitter just being Twitter, it didn’t take long before more people appeared to agree with the possibility.
As the theory gained traction on Twitter, another person on the micro-blogging platform shared a video that they jokingly described as the “soul of Queen Elizabeth flying across the globe to Trisha Paytas’ baby.”
With the tweets collectively gaining hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets, it would appear that there has been a strong embracing of one of social media’s most unusual theories to date.
However, amid all of the chatter, a number of other social media users expressed confusion over how the worlds of a 70-year monarch and Paytas were able to collide, albeit within the limits of the Twittersphere.
Who is Trisha Paytas?
California native Paytas, 34, is a YouTube sensation, OnlyFans model and singer whose varied career path has also included stints as a stripper and escort.
They gained popularity online for lifestyle videos and mukbangs, a subset of social media content in which users film themselves eating.
Paytas announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting their first child with their husband, Israeli artist Moses Hacmon. The couple tied the knot in 2021.
They had previously revealed that it was unlikely they would ever be able to conceive, after being diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease after contracting chlamydia. Being in their late teens at the time of the diagnosis, Paytas opted against having a hysterectomy.
Paytas’ pregnancy has been dutifully documented on their YouTube channel, where footage of them indulging in cheesy potato flautas was uploaded on the same day that they announced they had gone into labor.
Late Wednesday night, Paytas made the announcement that the baby was soon to arrive, tweeting: “1 cm dilated! Woo hoo!”
With just hours between Paytas’ joyous announcement and the troubling revelation that the Queen was in seriously ill health, Twitter users quickly married the two situations.
“Imagine finding out the Queen of England died because stan accounts are tweeting she’s going to be reincarnated as Trisha Paytas’ baby because she’s going into labor right now,” said Twitter’s entertainment editorial lead Sam Stryker.
Imagine finding out the Queen of England died because stan accounts are tweeting she’s going to be reincarnated as Trisha Paytas’ baby because she’s going into labor right now
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) September 8, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she traditionally spent the late summer and early fall every year.
On announcing her death, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
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