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Avril Lavigne Addresses Melissa Body-Double Conspiracy Theory: ‘It’s Just Funny’

The star addressed the theory that she was replaced by a doppelgänger named Melissa on a new episode of ‘Call Her Daddy.’

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Avril Lavigne at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at Shrine Auditorium on March 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Gilbert Flores for Variety

Rarely does a conspiracy theory make its way into the mainstream the way a certain rumor about Avril Lavigne has.

In a new episode of Call Her Daddy published on Wednesday (May 15), the “Sk8er Boi” singer addressed the long-standing Internet theory that claims the Canadian pop-punk superstar died in the early 2000s after her debut album Let Go was released, but due to her skyrocketed success, music industry execs replaced her with a doppelgänger named Melissa. “I mean, it’s just funny to me. Like, 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,” Lavigne said on the podcast in response. “Honestly, it’s not that bad. It could be worse, right? I kind of feel like I got a good one. I don’t think it’s negative or anything creepy. We’re good.”

Pressing the topic further, host Alex Cooper asked once and for all if the singer’s name is, in fact, Avril Lavigne. “Obviously, I am me. It’s so dumb,” she responded with a laugh, before telling Cooper, “I knew you half believed it.”


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Although Cooper didn’t confirm or deny that she believes the rumor, the 29-year-old podcast host admitted that Lavigne does, in fact, look the same as she always has. “I’m staring at you and I’m picturing you with your auburn hair. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ You literally look the same from when you were younger,” the host noted.

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Veering off the topic of Melissa, Lavigne also discussed her love life on the podcast, proclaiming that she’s “f—ing awesome” when in a relationship, adding, “I would date me. I cook. I’m a really big cook, really big into, like, the house and decorating, and I have a lot of fun with that.”

“Rough around the edges,” she added of her ideal partner, noting that she’d like someone “who’s like me […] likes to have a good time, but is a solid. I need someone who’s solid that I can lean on.”

In reflection of negative relationship experiences in the past, Lavigne added that she’s now focused on finding someone who is “trustworthy, ‘cause if you don’t have that, you’re just never going to feel grounded in the relationship, and you’re going to be spinning.”

Lavigne’s Call Her Daddy episode is available to listen to here.

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