Avril Lavigne’s Response To Conspiracy Theory She Was Replaced By Clone Is Still Amazing
Today marks the 36th birthday of the one and only Avril Lavigne, the woman who popularised the classic tie over T-shirt combo and led to many a teenage experiment with dramatic eyeliner.
Speaking as somebody who would regularly sob/sing to I’m With You back in the mid noughties, I was happy to see the Canadian songstress and her friends enjoying her 35th birthday with cake, balloons and nachos.
Nowadays, our favourite Sk8r Girl is more likely to tune into some jazz than rock out to pop punk. And this personal and creative development was reflected in last year’s album, Head Above Water.
Some might say – ahem – she’s almost like a different person entirely…
Of course, rumours that Avril was replaced by a lookalike have plagued her for years, and it’s all just a little bit Complicated.
Citing supposed changes to Avril’s facial features and fashion sense, some fans believe the ‘Pop Punk Princess’ was replaced by an actor by the name of Melissa in 2003.
As far-fetched as this rumour might sound, it is still very much doing the rounds online, with some even claiming Avril has actually shrunk in size. And Avril is, completely understandably, not having any of it.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, an understandably exasperated Avril said:
It’s just a dumb internet rumour and [I’m] flabbergasted that people bought into it. Isn’t that so weird?
It’s so dumb. And I look the exact same. On one hand, everyone is like, ‘Oh my god, you look the same,’ and on the other hand people are like ‘Oh my god, she died’.
Prior to her 2019 album, Avril had been away from the public eye for some time, having battled with Lyme Disease for years; a debilitating illness which has since inspired some of the themes of her more recent music.
Speaking about how she has spent her time away from the mic, Avril continued:
I’ve been doing a lot of painting. I’ve been dating and spending a lot of time with my family. When you go through something like that you really see who your true friends are, and a lot of people fled because I wasn’t the ‘fun party girl’ anymore.
I needed my friends and my family. I needed support, and it was a total eye-opener in general. So it was just a lot of life lessons.
I gained a lot of perspective. But I’ve come so far. I couldn’t get out of bed for almost two years, and there are still days where I can’t get out of bed. To be putting out songs that mean so much to me… I’m excited.
Avril recently announced she would be holding a livestream benefit concert for October 24 at 8.00pm ET, to help raise awareness about Lyme disease. Funds raised through the virtual event will go to the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance.
No doubt Avril ‘truthers’ will continue to harbour their suspicions even if she released her birth certificate and a sample of saliva for lab testing.
However, in the part of my heart which is still clogged up with dirty Converse laces and tutu mesh, I know this Avril is the real, rebellious deal. And I wish her the happiest year ahead.
Happy Birthday, my sk8r queen.
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