When Avril Lavigne released the video for the hyper-kawaii trainwreck of a track “Hello Kitty” two years ago, fans were confused. Aside from the claims of cultural appropriation – Billboard were just one of many publications to assert that the track squeezed “Gwen Stefani’s Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package” – the track introduced a markedly different Lavigne to the character her fans had come to know. Where were the scarlet streaks in her hair? What happened to the “SK8R Boi”? Was that dubstep?
It seems now, dear readers, we may have the answer. The Avril Lavigne behind the abhorrent slumber-party hit “Hello Kitty” is not the same Avril Lavigne behind “SK8R Boi”, “Complicated”, or even “Mobile” – a single released only in Australia and New Zealand and part of the soundtrack to the equally dire hollywood blockbuster Wimbledon. Because, dear readers, the Avril Lavigne behind “SK8R Boi” is dead and was replaced with an actress shortly after the release of her seminal debut album Let Go.
I know it’s a lot to take on board. Really, I do. But that’s the theory that’s been posited by an Avril Lavigne fansite based out in Brazil and it’s important we pay attention. Like all good conspiracy theories – Tupac is living on a secluded island; cats are descendants from extraterrestrials; yoga is a form of satanic worship – the Avril Lavigne theory yields an impressive amount of information that, if true, will change the fabric and understanding of the world we live in.
So prepare yourself, dear readers, as we take a look at the facts as presented by the Brazilian fan site.
THE REAL AVRIL LAVIGNE ENTERS OUR WORLD
In 1998, the real Avril Ramona Lavigne won a singing contest. As a result, she ditched the friends pictured in photographs and embarked on a new life without them: into the world of music. Yet our tragic story doesn’t begin here. It starts in 2001 when a then seventeen year-old Avril Ramona Lavigne signs a million-dollar contract with music mogul LA Reid.
From here, Avril Ramona Lavigne’s life seemingly changed for the better. Her debut album Let Go was the second best selling in the world. Shares in popular high-street shagband merchant Claire’s Accessories went through the roof. The video for “Complicated” saw teens across the world embark on a new trend called “crashing the mall”.
To the outside world, everything was gravy. Yet if we could astral-project into Avril Ramona Lavigne’s psyche during this imperial period in her career, we would see that – as has been confirmed by everyone from Johnny Depp to Lauren Conrad from The Hills – being famous sucks. It takes an incredible toil on one’s person. So pretty soon Avril followed in the footsteps of Britney “being famous is just a job” Spears and hired a lookalike to confuse the paparazzi that were constantly pursuing her.
Avril Ramona Lavigne’s double is reportedly called Melissa Vandella and the two quickly become friends. Is it just a coincidence that the name Melissa is written in permanent sharpie ink on Avril’s hand during a photo shoot?
THE DARK DAYS OF AVRIL LAVIGNE
A picture on the theorist’s blog, of what may or may not be Avril Ramona Lavigne’s grave
Avril Ramona Lavigne’s doppelganger steps in to take her place. Yet in an interesting and perhaps all too convenient turn of events, the double leaks details involving Avril’s passing in the record’s lyrics, booklet, and promotional materials – most specifically in the songs “My Happy Ending” and “Nobody’s Home”. In 2004, Under My Skin is released. And it’s from here that fans, specifically those in Brazil, started to notice something is afoot. Just look at these screenshots below that show the difference between the real Avril Ramona Lavigne and her double.
Conspiracy forum Godlike Productions did some of their own investigating a few years ago. On a thread titled “Probably nobody will give a f**k, but I came across a website that claims the singer AVRIL LAVIGNE SUICIDED and was REPLACED,” the most damning bit of evidence seems to be in the lyrics to “Slipped Away,” which were purportedly written by New Avril about Avr1l’s death:
Pretty convincing right? When you remember that skin blemishes are permanent and unchanging from the day you’re born till the day you die, the above is plain and irrefutable evidence that Avril Lavigne was replaced with an imposter.
The story doesn’t end here though. If you’re still not convinced then check this: just last year “fake” Avril Lavigne was questioned about whether or not she was a clone on live TV. And guess what happened? She fumbled the entire performance.