A Facebook post shared – and debated – among people in Nigeria claims that Michelle Obama, wife of former US president Barack Obama, was once biologically male.
It shows two photos. One is of a younger Barack with his arm around a person who has close-cropped hair and Michelle’s face. The second shows Barack and Michelle Obama – her hair long – in a similar pose.
“His name is Michael but after going through transgender process he now answer Michelle,” the post reads.
Was Michelle Obama once Michael, and has she gone through a “transgender process”?
‘You’re one of a kind’
A Google reverse image search yielded several results. They include reports that the first photo is an old pic Barack tweeted on 17 January 2019 to wish Michelle a happy birthday, and has been doctored.
“I knew it way back then and I’m absolutely convinced of it today — you’re one of a kind, @MichelleObama. Happy Birthday!” he wrote.
Childhood photos Michelle shared in October 2019 show her as a little girl growing up with her brother, Craig Robinson.
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