It’s been a couple of years since people have started vehiculating the idea that Avril Lavigne is dead, her body double appropriating her image. Now, after adepts of the theory went silent for quite some time, the urban myth is starting to attract more attention.
After Years of Silence, Twitter Revived the Myth
In 2011, a Brazilian blog wrote an extensive article about how Avril Lavigne died – or committed suicide – sometimes in 2002 and was replaced by Melissa Vandella, a body double. Their arguments were based entirely on the punk-rock star’s evolution. She went from brown hair to blond, from grunge makeup to smoky eyes, and from loose-fitting clothes to more modern attires. Pictures of before and after fill the website, casual listeners falling prey to the conspiracy theory.
In the meantime, the blog admitted the entire thing is a hoax, but the reveal came too late as the myth already had a life of its own. Now, more and more pictures comparing the shape of the singer’s nose, her moles, and even scars or wrinkles in her skin.
Adepts of the theory argue that Vandella is desperately trying to send subliminal messages to fans. In their opinion, My Happy Ending is, in fact, Vandella’s way of telling the truth.
“Let’s talk this over/It’s not like we’re dead […] You were everything that I wanted […] All this time you were pretending/ So much for my happy ending.”
While some of the differences are noticeable, all can be explained by the merciless effects of time – and plastic surgery. A public figure will not shy away from cosmetic surgery at a time when looks matter a bit more than vocal skills. Moreover, as time passes, it’s normal for some moles or wrinkles to chance, become more visible.
Nevertheless, adepts of the theory are tireless, and die-hard Lavigne fans are enraged by their attitude, always trying to shut down those who attempt to revive the clone theory. Unfortunately, Lavigne’s shift in style, from punk-rock to singing about Hello Kitty in a cupcake dress, only feeds this urban myth.
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