Avril Lavigne Reacts to Body Double Conspiracy Theory: “It’s So Dumb”

Avril Lavigne has finally addressed the “funny” and “dumb” conspiracy theory that’s shadowed her career for nearly two decades. Here’s what she had to say.

Back in the early 2000s, a wild theory emerged online, claiming that Avril Lavigne had died in 2003 and was replaced by a body double named Melissa. This bizarre notion thought to have started on a Brazilian fansite, has persisted as a quirky footnote in the pop-punk singer’s career.

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Lavigne recently discussed the conspiracy during an appearance on the ‘Call Her Daddy’ podcast with Alex Cooper. She mentioned the body double theory when asked about the most outrageous rumour she’s heard about herself.

“It’s just funny to me. On one hand, people say, ‘You look exactly the same. You haven’t aged a day.’ But then others believe in this conspiracy that I’m not really me. Honestly, it’s not the worst thing. It could be worse, right? I feel like I got off lightly. It’s not negative or creepy. We’re good,” Lavigne said with a laugh. “Obviously, I am me. It’s so dumb,” she continued, adding, “I think they’ve done this with other artists too. I’m not the only one.”

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Alex Cooper chimed in jokingly: “What’s crazy is you haven’t aged. I’m looking at you and remembering your auburn hair. You literally look the same as when you were younger.”

The ‘Sk8er Boi’ singer’s latest album, ‘Love Sux,’ was released in February 2022. NME described it in a three-star review as “a modern update on early ’00s pop-punk,” calling it a “progressive pop-punk album that eschews the old rules – but not at the expense of maximalist, joyful guitar anthems.”

Up next for Lavigne is the release of a greatest hits album on 21st June, just days before her debut at Glastonbury. This album, featuring 20 songs, spans her entire music career and includes fan favourites like ‘Complicated’ and ‘Sk8er Boi’ from her chart-topping 2002 debut album ‘Let Go.’