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Avril Lavigne has slammed a bizarre rumour that has circulated amongst her fans for well over a decade. This being that the 34-year-old Canadian singer ‘committed suicide’ in 2003 and was replaced by a ‘clone.’
Speaking to Australian KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show on Wednesday, Lavigne addressed the issue for the first time.
Radio host Jackie O asked: “What about, did you laugh at the rumours that went around where you no longer exist and there’s a clone of you?’
Lavigne paused for a considerable time then responded by slamming the rumour as ‘weird.’
“Yeah, some people think that I’m not the real me, which is so weird! Like, why would they even think that?” Lavigne replied.
The conspiracy alleges that Lavigne drastically changed her appearance around 2003 time and that hidden messages and references to the ‘suicide’ can be found within the lyrics of her 2004 album ‘Under My Skin.’
The conspiracy theorists believe the replacement is actually called ‘Melissa’ and that not only has Lavigne’s facial structure changed since 2003, but also cite her clothing and makeup style has becoming more feminine as evidence.
Lavigne rose to fame in 2002 with her six-times platinum album ‘Let Go’ which included international hits ‘Complicated’ and ‘Sk8er Boi.’
Her initial look and sound was, as conspiracy theorists have noted, one of punk and skater combined, but moved to a predominantly more pop look and sound post her debut album.
In 2015, Lavigne revealed that she was suffering from lyme disease, and cited it as a central reason for a five-year gap in releasing a new album.