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Should we call her Avril or Melissa?
Out of all the crazy conspiracy theories the internet has given birth to — from Katy Perry being JonBenét Ramsey to Beyonce secretly being her sister Solange’s mother — rumors that Avril Lavigne secretly died over 10 years ago and was replaced by a look-alike have long persisted.
For the uninformed: there exists a vocal community of conspiracy theorists online who adamantly believe that the real Avril Lavigne passed away only for her label to replace her with a doppelganger. If you ask them, the Avril who rose to stardom after the release of her debut album Let Go isn’t the real Avril at all, but a hired impersonator named Melissa Vandella.
No, seriously. Just look at all the photographic “evidence.” As some have suggested on Twitter, the "old" and "new" Avril seem to have different moles and birthmarks on their arms. Some have even suggested that the new Avril may have exposed herself by having different handwriting than the old Avril.
Unsurprisingly, Lavigne has been slow to comment on what’s probably one of the most ridiculous internet theories of all time. The singer made her first red carpet appearance in two years last week, however, and inadvertently proved all the conspiracy theorists wrong. The 33-year-old Canadian attended the 25th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles on Friday, People reports, looking amazing and very much like herself. Earlier that day, the singer posted photos of her look for the night on Instagram, posing in a black gown with cascading blond hair.
Lavigne, who took a brief break from the spotlight after being diagnosed with Lyme disease, also revealed that she has new music on the way.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s been a long time. For me to be able to be here and I’m making a record right now. I have my life back which is amazing. It’s something I continue to work at every day. And just, like, grateful to be making music. I’ve written a really powerful record, really emotional album sort of reflecting where I am today. I’m going to release that this year. I’m actually going to be done in two weeks.”
Good for you, Avril. Don’t let the conspiracy theorists get you down.
(Photo: Avril Lavigne attends the 25th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. By Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)