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.
No signs of fakes
However, there are no indications that Xavier Naidoo’s video could be a fake. The video is still online on all of the musician’s channels.
Away from the conspiracy circles, another question arises: How serious is Xavier Naidoo with his video?
The communication and body language expert Cristián Gálvez (53) explains: «It is striking that Naidoo revolves around himself. He apologizes instead of asking for an apology. A real apology always starts with the other person.” Gálvez also emphasizes that Naidoo only speaks of having “got lost” and “blinded”. “What is important in an admission of guilt is the specific naming of the faulty behavior. He completely ignores that.”
Expert: “The statement is not very consistent”
The communications expert concludes: “It is not a question of a specific admission of guilt. Overall, the statement is not very coherent and loses credibility as a result. »
Music manager Thomas Stein (73) sees it differently. “Xavier Naidoo seems credible to me in his statement. I assume that he is serious and tells the truth, »explains the former «DSDS» judge «Bild». He believes Naidoo has had enough time to reflect on his statements and theories. Going public is another hurdle. “You have to have the courage to say publicly that you screwed up.”
Is Xavier Naidoo planning new music?
Thomas Stein believes that Xavier Naidoo did not expect what his conspiratorial statements would trigger. In order to be able to be successful again as a musician, the apology video was necessary. Stein believes that Xavier Naidoo could soon release new songs. But it is also clear to him: “Of course, according to his words, Xavier must now show that his statement is not just a sham.” (bnr)