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Fans Are Freaking Out Over This Nutty Sam Smith-Adele Conspiracy Theory

Lee Moran

Rumour has it that the British singers Adele and Sam Smith could be the same person, according to a nutty conspiracy theory that began circulating online this week.

Twitter user Jesse Valona set the social media platform alight Monday when he shared this video of Adele’s 2015 hit “Hello” being played at a slower speed.

“Did you know that when you slow down Adele it’s actually Sam Smith,” the 17-year-old asked.

“I forget the exact action of the realization,” Valona told HuffPost on Friday. “But both Sam Smith and Adele were played on my speakers at some point that day. Then when I slowed it down, I just knew it sounded very elegant, like Sam Smith’s voice, and decided to share it with the world.”

He shared this clip of Adele’s “Million Years Ago” as further evidence:

The musical resemblance sent other people on Twitter into a mini-meltdown, with many posing the same question:

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