Everyone's favorite punk princess started trending on Twitter Sunday night as an old conspiracy theory started circulating on the 14th anniversary of her single "Complicated."
Twitter user @givenchyass started it all with a lengthy tweet thread claiming that Lavigne killed herself in 2003 and her record label covered it up, replacing her with a body double named Melissa Vandella.
avril lavigne is dead & was replaced by a look alike: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/9eearQ2rte— 🅴 (@givenchyass) May 13, 2017
The theory covers everything from the change in Lavigne's musical style and fashion choices to photos comparing the shape of her face, the location of certain birthmarks and her handwriting.
It even claims that "Melissa" left hints about Lavigne's death in the lyrics to some of her songs, including "My Happy Ending" and "Nobody's Home."
This story has actually been around for a while. It started several years ago on a Brazillian blog called Avril Esta Morta, which BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Broderick discovered was set up as an inside joke to show how conspiracy theories can seem true. In a funny twist, his amused tweets about the blog went viral and turned into a big internet conspiracy theory, completely proving the blog's point.
And now the story is back to ruin your work productivity for the rest of the day.
Me : y'all actually believe conspiracy theories?— anna (@nutellaANDpizza) May 14, 2017
*reads avril lavigne thread*
Me trying to explain the Avril Lavigne comsipiracy thread to my housemates who don't have twitter pic.twitter.com/YDP8G47rOl— Earth Dad 🌏 (@earthdad10) May 15, 2017
Me: it takes a lot to convince me to believe in something— Jaylynn Wilson (@Jaylynn_amber) May 15, 2017
*reads Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory thread* pic.twitter.com/DC8jMr1MOJ
Me: I don't believe in conspiracy theories— Common White Girl (@girlhoodposts) May 15, 2017
Random thread on Twitter: Avril Lavigne died and was replaced with a clone
me: conspiracy theories are so fake lmao— emily annette🌹 (@sifuerasrosa) May 14, 2017
me 20 seconds after reading the avril lavigne thread: pic.twitter.com/LprNMv34E2