Popstar Avril Lavigne has been the subject of many online conspiracies over the years, but one dominating theory is that she died in 2003.

The theory spun by theorists and internet sleuths, gained traction in the early 2000s and claimed the Sk8r Boi singer had been replaced by a doppelganger named Melissa.

Other versions of the conspiracy alleged the singer no longer enjoyed the commitments of fame and hired a body double to represent her in the public sphere.

Now, the 39-year-old has addressed the theory on the Call Her Daddy podcast with Alex Cooper, saying while it is “dumb” she chooses to look at it as something that is “just funny”.

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