Followers and experts speculate about an apology

He was one of the best-known conspiracy theorists in Germany: musician Xavier Naidoo (50). But now he is surprisingly announcing a 180-degree turnaround. «I have recognized the wrong paths I have sometimes found myself on. And that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in recent years,” he explains in a YouTube video. In the “search for the truth” he ultimately “got lost”.

Naidoo’s followers are shocked by their idol’s sudden change of heart. On Telegram, they already doubt the authenticity of the video. “I thought of a deepfake or they threatened his family,” speculates one user. The theory of deepfakes, i.e. that the video and the statements by Naidoo were created by artificial intelligence, is very popular with conspiracy theorists.