A rumour that the Canadian singer has been replaced by a lookalike resurfaced on Twitter last week, but she is not the first star to be subject to such speculation
Did you know Avril Lavigne was replaced by a lookalike named Melissa in 2003? At least, thats what the internet would have you believe. The old conspiracy theory that Lavigne was cloned resurfaced on Twitter over the weekend, but it has been bandied about the internet since 2005 and is thought to have originated on a Brazilian fanpage.
The theory claims Lavigne, struggling with fame at the beginning of her career, began using a body double named Melissa. At some point, the real Lavigne is said to have died, so the record company replaced her with Melissa full-time. Proof has included Lavignes red carpet shots (Lavigne wears trousers; Melissa prefers dresses and skirts) and supposed differences between the facial features of pre-2003 Lavigne and the current incarnation. Theorists also believe Melissa has left clues in songs, such as Slipped Away, in which she sings: The day you slipped away was the day I found it wont be the same. There was even a publicity shot in which Lavigne had Melissa written on her hand. Spooky.
But Lavigne is not the first celebrity to be subject to a (completely unverified) cloning conspiracy theory, as the following examples show …