When Avril Lavigne released the music video for her single “Hello Kitty” two years ago, fans had a hard time believing the artist behind hits like “Sk8r Boi” or “Complicated” could be involved in something so awful. A conspiracy theory started making its way around the internet, but it didn’t really get any traction until this week… and now everyone is freaking out! According to the viral theory, Avril died over a decade ago, and was replaced by her friend and lookalike, actress Melissa Vandella. It sounds crazy and we had our doubts at first, until we actually checked out the evidence compiled by some superfans and realized that they may actually be right about this one. This conspiracy theory is life-changing, and like these hilarious Twitter users, we’re not going to be able to think about anything else until the mystery gets solved!
15. She’s just taunting us with this
According to the theory, Avril committed suicide following the death of her grandpa in 2003, and her management company replaced her with Melissa to keep making money off of Avril’s popularity. It definitely explains the changes in “Avril’s” personality, wardrobe, and music style! Melissa got away with it for years, but now us fans are onto her and are doing everything we can to bring her to justice. Apparently, though, she’s not worried—she doesn’t think there’s enough evidence to prove her deception, so she’s being ballsy enough to go out of her way to taunt the conspiracy theorists on Twitter. In the middle of this conspiracy craziness, she tweeted out a message that can be decoded to reveal “I am Melissa.” Just remove a few letters like this ingenious Twitter detective did, and the truth comes out. Explain this, doubters!
14. Focusing on the important things
It’s finals season, and we all know we should get offline and start focusing on studying for our upcoming exams and assignments. But how can you possibly worry about schoolwork when Twitter is buzzing with one of the most important revelations ever?! Doing research for tests and papers is boring AF, but researching all this Avril Lavigne stuff is fascinating. Like, if “Avril” isn’t Melissa, why did she write Melissa’s name on her hand during a photoshoot a few years ago? Why does she suddenly smile on the red carpet, and why did she abandon the iconic skater look that made her so famous? It just doesn’t make sense, and we won’t stop worrying about this theory until we’re positive we have all the details needed to reach the correct conclusion.
13. Once you read the theory, you’re hooked
When we first heard that there was a theory going viral on Twitter that a famous pop star has been dead for years and was replaced by her doppelgänger, we thought anyone who believed such a ridiculous story had to be crazy. Then we checked out the threads that support the theory with some concrete evidence, and our doubts immediately disappeared. All it took was a few minutes (okay, more like hours) of research and browsing, and we were hooked. We absolutely refuse to believe that “Avril” isn’t actually Melissa now! In 2015, an interviewer in Brazil asked her about the theory, and behavior analysts have come forward to say that she showed definite signs of discomfort and dishonesty. We caught you Melissa, and your days as our beloved “Sk8r” girl are numbered.
12. Liars are everywhere!
We thought we had trust issues before reading all this “Avril Lavigne has been dead since 2003” nonsense, but now… our whole lives have become consumed with conspiracy theories. Is anything as it seems anymore? This kid doesn’t think so—his mom said “hi” to him, but that’s totally out of character for her. So she clearly must have died and been replaced by a body double who hopes to steal her identity, the same way Melissa replaced Avril! This little dude’s got the right idea… we might have to stock up on some Nerf guns to help us fight off all these imposters going around pretending to be our loved ones. They think they can fool us, but we’re way too woke for that now.
11. We have better things to worry about now
A week ago, we were all allowed to worry about things like finals season and what we’re going to do on summer vacation. It was considered normal to be bothered by your boyfriend staying out suspiciously late every night or texting other girls. But now we live in a world where celebrities are being replaced by lookalikes who then try to trick us into continuing to be their fans, and we have to start getting our priorities in line! How can you possibly waste time accusing your man of cheating when there are such diabolical things going on behind the scenes in the music industry?! We all need to put childish concerns on the back burner until we get this Avril Lavigne stuff figured out.
10. We see what you did there
It was only a matter of time before someone thought to make this joke, and we’re low-key upset that we didn’t come up with it first. Whoever came up with this viral theory… in the immortal words of the true Avril, “why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?” Summer break is nearly here, and were just starting to relax and let our brains gear up for a nice vacation, but you went and ruined everything! Wait, now that we’re on the subject of “Complicated,” the next words in the classic song were “I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else, gets me frustrated.” Is it possible that Avril knew her managers would replace her with Melissa if she killed herself, and this was her way of trying to get Melissa to go against their plan or warn fans of what was to come?!
9. Viral theory, meet viral meme
The Avril conspiracy theory is the hottest topic on Twitter right now, and the mocking SpongeBob SquarePants meme is the hottest meme on the social media site. This user found a way to perfectly combine both. “Avril” has been trying to ignore all this talk about her actually being Melissa, and tweeted this week that she’s working on some new music. Insert mocking SpongeBob, making fun of her for trying to convince fans that she is the genius musician who she tried to replace without us noticing. Don’t even bother “working on some new tunes” anymore, Melissa. We aren’t listening to whatever imposter music you put out ever again. Especially if it’s as awful as “Hello Kitty.” The real Avril would never release a song like that.
8. It’s all we can think about now
When you ask a girl if she’s okay and she says yes, you know that she’s probably hiding something from you. What she says and what she actually means are often two very different things, and you can always tell when something’s wrong. Here, this girl told her babe that she was okay, but she was really thinking about Avril Lavigne being dead for over a decade. She’s cool hooking up or whatever, but she’s going to be too depressed and mind-blown to really have any fun doing so. Better try again tomorrow. Or, let’s be real, in a month or two… she’s not going to stop thinking about this Avril stuff anytime too soon. Girl, just tell your man the truth so he can be as disturbed and messed up about this as you are. Misery loves company, and you need someone to vent about all this to.
7. Similar, but definitely not the same
We all have that one best friend who never does their homework, and asks us every morning before class starts to lend them our work so they can quickly copy it down. We always give in and hand it over, but we make sure to tell them to change the work up a little so it’s not obvious that they cheated. This clever Twitter user realized that that’s basically what happened with Melissa and Avril. Melissa tried copying Avril’s look, but there are minor differences between old Avril and new “Avril” that keep us from believing they’re the exact same person. Her eyes have changed shape, her hair is very different, and the noses in this side-by-side image are barely even comparable. Just like copied—but slightly altered—homework.
6. Something to stay optimistic about
Shout out to Em here for helping us find a bright side to this conspiracy theory. We’ve been really upset about this “Avril Lavigne isn’t really Avril Lavigne” stuff, but Em reminded us that learning about Melissa’s deception should actually bring fans some comfort. After all, it means that now we can forget all about recent songs like “Hello Kitty” and the catchy-but-totally-not-Avril “Girlfriend.” They were all sung and performed by the diabolical lookalike! Beloved hits like “Sk8r Boi” and “Complicated,” however, were authentic Avril songs, since they came out before her rumored suicide in 2003. Thank goodness… we don’t think we could have handled the heartbreak if two of our absolute favorite songs growing up were actually Melissa’s. We’ve been struggling to hold onto our sanity, but this definitely helps ease our Avril-related stress a bit.
5. Abort! Abort!
For 14 whole years, Avril Lavigne’s management team has been sitting pretty, knowing that they got away with perhaps the biggest deception in history. They thought they were out of luck when Avril committed suicide, but their attempt to replace her with a doppelgänger and keep producing music under Avril’s name was a complete success and things have been going great for them. Then the Twitter thread about their scheme went viral, and everything started falling apart. We imagine fake Avril’s managers have been spending the past week burning all of their files about Melissa, desperately attempting to eliminate any evidence which might incriminate them and reveal the awful truth. Their office probably doesn’t look exactly like this SpongeBob meme, but it’s got to be pretty darn similar.
4. Help us, Ellen… you’re our only hope
Ellen DeGeneres has always done a great job staying in touch with her fans and keeping track of anything and everything that goes viral. That’s why this Twitter user reached out to her to help us figure out whether current Avril and Melissa Vandella are in fact the same person. She has to invite both individuals to her daytime talk show, so we can see them both at the same time. Ellen surely knows all about this viral theory, so hopefully if we all beg her to help us solve this mystery, she’ll give in. We’d kind of understand if she’s too afraid to do so, though… the music industry put a lot of time and effort into replacing Avril and keeping her true identity a secret; we wouldn’t want to mess with people that powerful and evil either.
3. This sounds like the start of a fairly fun horror movie
We’ve always been way too superstitious about Ouija boards to ever actually try one—our parents bought one for us as kids, but that thing’s been sitting untouched in our closet ever since! Our fears only got worse when the Ouija movies were released and reminded us that all sorts of ghosts and demons can come out when you mess with supernatural items. Sometimes, though, the need for knowledge is just more important than our need to stay alive and as far from evil spirits as possible. We might actually be down to meet up with Jeff here and use a board to try to contact Avril Lavigne, because if she’s no longer with us, we have to know. We might bring about the apocalypse in the process, but that’s just a risk we’re willing to take at this point.
2. Okay, this is a very good point
All it took was one Twitter account to start this Avril conspiracy theory and spread it to the rest of the internet. Sure, other people have come up with supporting evidence that made the theory more believable, but it only took a single individual to get things rolling and change thousands of minds. So why is it that Republicans still refuse to believe that climate change is real, when countless scientists and experts have been trying to open their eyes and minds about the subject for years now?! Surely the Avril conspiracy has to be a lot more ridiculous a concept than climate change, but we’re all willing to accept that it may actually be true. Isn’t it time for Republicans to check the facts about climate change and do the same?
1. Some things are worse than death
Villains are constantly telling our favorite heroes on TV that “some things are worse than death,” but we never really understood their threats. What can possibly be worse than dying?! Then we saw Gabs’ tweet, and our minds were totally changed. Being dead sucks, but being married to a member of Nickelback has to be worse! Gabs wants people to leave poor Avril—regardless of whether or not she’s actually a lookalike in disguise—alone, because she’s already gone through some crap. We don’t need to seek justice against Melissa, all of those Nickelback concerts “Avril” has probably been forced to attend over the years are punishment enough. We see your point, and we suppose we’ll stop tweeting threats at the official Avril Lavigne Twitter account. For now.