Well, according to those celebrities, that is.
In his 2001 memoir Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Van Halen singer and solo star Sammy Hagar (“I Can’t Drive 55”) recounted an encounter with what he believes to be extraterrestrials. While lying in bed as a kid, he looked out the window outside his home near Fontana, California, and “saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship.” He remembers that he couldn’t make out their faces, but had the deep understanding that the creatures sat in a ship above some foothills about 12 miles away and “they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection.”
While doing press for Red, Hagar told reporters about another alien encounter, one he didn’t include in the book. At the age of four, Hagar says, he was living in a rural area of California when he saw what he thought at first was “a car with no wheels.” Then he saw it float across a field, generating a small dust storm before it disappeared. Or rather, that’s what probably happened, because Hagar says he “blacked out” after he saw the strange vehicle.
Drescher is best known for her work as Fran Fine, sassy Queens-born-and-raised nanny on the sitcom The Nanny. She also firmly believes that she was experimented on by aliens, and that her husband was, as well. She’s now divorced from Peter Marc Jacobson, but she once told a reporter that they both have small, nearly identical scars on their hands. That, Drescher said, is “where the chip is.” Jacobson thinks a scar is a scar, from some unremembered hot liquid spill or a sharp object, but Drescher says “that’s what the aliens programmed us to think.”
While on a camping trip in 1968, legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger claims to have seen a massive, cigar-shaped aircraft appear in the sky above the woods. Rather than completely creep him out, he reportedly got really interested in UFOs, going so far as to have a “UFO detector” (whatever that is) installed at his home.
While Academy Award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine famously believes in spiritual concepts like reincarnation, it’s less known that she doesn’t doubt the existence of alien life. On an episode of The O’Reilly Factor, she expressed her belief that the government is covering up all knowledge and information about aliens, including how they prefer to be called “star beings.” MacLaine is not the least bit afraid of UFOs either, as she claims she’s taken people flying saucer spotting, including perennial presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
NBA all-star…and alien abductee? That’s according to a story the retired basketball great told on a sports podcast called The Champs in 2013. While driving through the desert from Las Vegas to Los Angeles one night, he says, he was suddenly inside of a ship that he called “a steel thing.” Then he looked up and saw what he called “crazy looking people,” who appeared humanoid but “ugly.” Also, they’d tied up his hands so they could repeatedly and painfully poke him in the nostrils. After a little bit of that, Davis says, he was suddenly back in his car, driving on the highway.