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00s music legend calls out ‘dumb’ rumour she was secretly replaced by body double-Rishma Dosani-Entertainment – Metro


00s music legend calls out ‘dumb’ rumour she was secretly replaced by body double-Rishma Dosani-Entertainment – Metro

Avril Lavigne has opened up about a bizarre conspiracy theory (Picture: WireImage)

Avril Lavigne has spoken out against a ‘dumb’ conspiracy theory that she was secretly replaced by a body double at the beginning of her career.

The 39-year-old shot to worldwide fame at the age of 17, thanks to her iconic debut single, Complicated, in 2002, and has rarely been out of the spotlight since.

After a string of number one songs, she will be releasing a greatest hits album and heading off on a tour around the world – including a stop off at Glastonbury Festival in June, before a string of UK, Europe and US performances.

But there are some who are convinced that it’s not actually Avril who will be hitting the stage, but a lookalike named Melissa.

She has been plagued by a bizarre rumor that she died following the release of her debut album, Let Go – with record executives somehow finding a doppelganger to pose as the Sk8er Boi singer.

During an appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast, the princess of pop punk laughed off the bizarre speculation, attempting to dispel it once and for all.

Avril shot to fame with the release of Complicated in 2002 (Picture: FilmMagic)

She has become a household name (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s just funny to me,’ she told host Alex Cooper. ‘On one end, everyone’s like, “You look the exact same. You haven’t aged a day.” But then other people are like, there’s a conspiracy theory that I’m not me.

‘Honestly, it’s not that bad. It could be worse, right? I feel like I got a good one. I don’t think it’s negative or anything creepy.

‘It could be worse!’

As the presenter tried to dig into the claims, suggesting they were more ‘prominent’ than similar rumors, Avril laughed: ‘Obviously I am me, it’s so dumb.

Avril laughed off the wild speculation (Picture: Getty)

‘I think that they’ve done that with other artists, I’m not the only one. I think other people have that.’

This isn’t the first time that Avril has touched on the Melissa theories, as she was previously questioned about her reaction to the scrutiny in 2022.

She told Galore Magazine at the time: ‘Doesn’t everyone constantly say that I literally look the same as I always have? 

‘It’s funny because everyone says I look the same, but then there’s that. That doesn’t make any sense. Also, how random? When people bring it up, and it’s been brought up to me for years, that there’s this conspiracy theory that I’m not me or something? I’m a clone?

Avril is set to go on a world tour – including a stint at Glastonbury (Picture: FilmMagic)

‘It’s so weird that it’s continued to go this long too. It’s so bizarre, I can’t help but laugh at it!’

Avril – not Melissa – has a busy few months ahead, as she just announced her Greatest Hits album will be hitting the shelves on June 21, packed full of some of her most loved songs, including I’m With You, When You’re Gone, Girlfriend and Don’t Tell Me.

Not only that, the Grammy-nominee will be taking the Greatest Hits album on the road, with her tour kicking off on May 22 in Vancouver – before heading to LA, Las Vegas and Chicago.

She will then be heading over to Europe for dates in Croatia, Holland, France and a series of appearances in the UK – including stops in Bedford, Manchester and Cardiff.

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