LIES. The world is lies. Is the sky even blue? We don't even know anymore. It could all turn out to be a big fat load of bull.

And it's all Hello Kitty's fault. Or should we say 'Hello Girl-y'. Yup, apparently the famous feline character that appears on everything from lunchboxes to airplanes isn't actually a cat but a 'little girl'. Yes, there's some 'splainin to be done here, but don't worry, we got you covered.

University of Hawaii anthropologist Christine R. Yano dropped the bombshell this week after years of studying the now 40-year-old Japanese cartoon icon (which, by the way, can we all agree is a weird specialisation) ahead of the first ever Hello Kitty on in LA.

Talking to E!, Yano said: 'She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty'.

And Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty later confirmed the fact saying 'Hello Kitty is not a cat, she's a girl' and pointing at her bio which reads:

'As tall as five apples, and as heavy as three, Hello Kitty is a bright little girl with a heart of gold. She loves to bake cookies and play the piano, and dreams of one day becoming a pianist or maybe even a poet. She has a gift for music and English, and a soft spot for Mama's apple pie. Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy are the best of friends.'

If you go on to read further you'll also find out that Ms. Kitty is actually a British citizen, 'born' in London and still lives there.

Does this mean Mickey Mouse ain't a mouse? Is Grumpy Cat even grumpy? Nothing would surprise us after this.