Avril Lavigne Is Not Dead — & She’s Not Dumb

She hasn’t been changed by means of a frame double named Melissa. She has, then again, collaborated with Nicki Minaj on a brand new tune.

Avril Lavigne is making track once more. No less than, that’s what they would like us to consider. The French-Canadian singer—the similar one (allegedly) who emboldened a whole era of early aught teenagers to put on thin ties and crash suburban buying groceries shops—is liberating her 6th studio album, Head Above Water, this Friday. Her go back to the radio comes after a health-imposed hiatus; in 2015, Lavigne used to be identified with Lyme illness, which saved her in mattress and clear of the highlight. “It used to be painful to stand it, and I don’t like to speak about it once in a while, however to show it into track and put it in the market into sure studies to assist others has been just right,” she stated in a up to date interview with Leisure Weekly.

Within the interview, the 34-year-old additionally addressed the viral conspiracy principle claiming she died and used to be changed by means of a doppelganger named Melissa. “That it’s only a dumb web hearsay and [I’m] flabbergasted that individuals purchased into it,” she stated, when requested if the tale had affected her individually. “Isn’t that so bizarre? It’s so dumb. And I glance the very same. On one hand, everyone seems to be like, ‘Oh my god, you glance the similar,’ and however persons are like ‘Oh my god, she died.’”

How convincing. The conspiracy, used to be born from a Brazilian weblog referred to as Avril Esta Morta, claims that Lavigne’s sound has dramatically modified since she used to be catapulted into the highlight as a 16-year-old. If, consistent with the Web, the musician at the back of “Sk8er Boi” can’t feasibly be the similar as the individual at the back of “Female friend,” there’s no manner persons are going to shop for into the brand new album—regardless of how nice the songs are.

On the finish of closing yr, Lavigne launched a poppy, energy Christain ballad titled “Head Above Water.” It’s the type of tune that the Biebers would possibly pay attention to at their hip church, and it’s an incredibly mature sound from the artist who swore she’d by no means develop up. The second one unmarried off the album dropped lately, and it’s completely other from the primary: it’s titled “Dumb Blonde,” includes a Nicki Minaj verse and feels like the hole credit of a 2004 youngster rom-com. (In, in fact, one of the best ways imaginable.)

Welcome again princess of punk, we’ve neglected you.

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