The conspiracy theory that Avril Lavigne died and was replaced with a body double seems like it will never go away. Dating back to 2012, this theory has a resurgence every few months when more evidence is supposedly found or a new article is published. While this conspiracy theory about Avril Lavigne is off the wall crazy, there is also seemingly solid evidence that backs up the claim.
This theory proposes that a body double has been appearing as Lavigne since as far back as 2003. This may explain some of the odd behavior Lavigne has indulged in. Between feuding with Mark Zuckerberg, Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift, not letting fans touch her, and her "Hello Kitty" music video, it doesn't seem like Avril Lavigne is the same person she once was. So, has Lavigne simply grown up and changed as a person - as we all do - or is there a body double playing the role of Avril Lavigne?
Lavigne Was Very Affected By Her Grandfather’s Death
In 2003, Lavigne’s grandfather passed away shortly before she recorded her second album. Lavigne was reportedly very close to her grandfather, who was very supportive of her career. While the pressure of fame or the stress of recording a follow-up album could explain Lavigne’s supposed suicide, this theory hinges on her grandfather’s death as the reason for her suicide.
It was also reported that during the recording of Lavigne's second album, she was very emotional and took many breaks to cry.
Before The Release Of Her 2004 Album, Lavigne Supposedly Committed Suicide
Lavigne rose to fame with the release of her first album, Let Go, in 2002. She was only 18 at the time and reportedly didn’t know how to handle the media attention she was getting. Having signed a $2 million, two-record deal with Arista Records, the company allegedly hired Melissa Vandella as a body double for Lavigne, helping divert the paparazzi and making life more manageable for Lavigne.
Lavigne had reportedly attempted suicide while recording her second album, Under My Skin. According to this theory though, Lavigne actually succeeded in one of these supposed attempts, leaving behind her recorded second album that had yet to be released.
Lavigne’s Good Friend Suspiciously Released A Song That May Or May Not Be About Her Death
One of the band mates who left was Evan Taubenfeld. Taubenfeld was said to be very close to Lavigne before he left the band in 2004, which is the same time the theory proposes Vandella took over the role. After leaving, Taubenfeld went on to release songs that may or may not be about Lavigne’s death.
On “Broken,” Taubenfeld sings:
“Feeling so alone
Just want to know
Why every day is just so hard on me
Today was the worst day of my life
Living a lie
Torn apart all inside
I can't not, find out what I need”
On “Best Years Of Our Lives,” Taubenfeld sings:
“I'd never thought we would ever end,
I'd never thought I'd lose my best friend,
Everything is different now,
Can we stop the world from turning?”
Also noteworthy is the fact that "Best Years Of Our Lives" featured Lavigne... or well, Vandella.
Since 2004, There Have Been Noticeable Changes In Her Physical Appearance
There’s a reason this theory has such strength. Some of the physical changes in Lavigne’s appearance don’t necessarily make sense. Many point to Lavigne’s birthmarks and moles, some of which seem to have disappeared. While that can happen, it's uncommon for life-long moles and birthmarks to suddenly start disappearing. On top of that, people claim her eye shape and jaw line have changed. Specifically, her eyes have changed from hooded shaped to almond shaped, and her jaw is more angular.
While one can explain away the moles, eyes, and jaw line with plastic surgery, Lavigne also appears to have shrunk in size. She's reportedly lost 3cm, which isn't as easy to explain through plastic surgery.
There’s also claims that, following 2004, Lavigne was seen sporting the same tattoo that Vandella had previously had. Do people sometimes go and get the same tattoo as their body double? I guess, but the numerous changes in her appearance are enough to sway some people to buy into their theory.