"Avril Lavigne is dead": The conspiracy theory is back

It's one that's been doing the rounds since about 2005, and now, fans have reignited the totally batshit cray-cray theory that the "real" Avril Lavigne died in 2003 and was replaced in the public eye by a lookalike/clone/stand-in (depending on who you ask) named Melissa Vandella. Check out the response to the original theory here.

A Twitter user who claims to be a 17-year old high school student and has over 13,000 followers detailed the claim in a thread which has since been liked and retweeted almost a quarter-of-a-million times in total, alleging that the singer took her own life in late 2003 after her grandfather's death.

At least, so says a popular conspiracy theory, which, this week, has reemerged all over the internet.

That said, it hasn't deterred believers in this conspiracy theory, which has been making its first resurgence since 2015 of late.

According to the Sun, a blogger said: "Launched in 2004, it is completely different to the first CD!" Shortly before recording her second record, though, Lavigne's grandfather, with whom she was particularly close, died, leading to a troubled recording session during which Lavigne reportedly cried between takes and even attempted to commit suicide. It's an album full of subliminal messages apparently left by the "New Avril".

Avril Lavigne. Or not Avril Lavigne?

Yesterday, the blonde star posted a sweet snap of her with her mom for Mother's Day.

And it's not just physical features that users believe have changed - others are were suspicious when Avril promoted a slimming bar as a "yummy and healthy snack".

Ms Lavigne is active on social media platforms and her latest tweet on 14 May is a snap of herself and her mother on the occasion of Mother's Day in the U.S. and Canada. "The jig is up Melissa".

"The CD is called "Avril Under My Skin", this is very suggestive!"

After @givenchyass' thread went viral, heads started commenting with their own "proof" of Avril's "death", because why wouldn't we want to further investigate this situation?

"The internet has been the ideal medium for the distribution of false information: very quickly a stupid - but often highly entertaining - story can be effortlessly distributed far and wide".

  • Essie Rivera