Avril Lavigne's New Song About Battling Lyme Disease Or The Clone That Replaced Her

In her first new song in five years, Avril Lavigne recounts her near-death experience with Lyme disease, OR, her lookalike Melissa recounts the battle she had with the REAL Avril.

In May of 2017, a Twitter thread went viral where the user @givenchyass posited the theory that Avril Lavigne is dead. It's a difficult theory to follow when you account for the fact that Lavigne is still very much in the public eye, but the thread was just adding fuel to a fire that had been burning for years.

The now-deleted thread contained many items reportedly "proving" Lavigne had been replaced with a lookalike.

The theory goes that sometime in the early 2000s, pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne died by suicide, but due to her rising star, management decided to employ the use of a lookalike by the name of Melissa Vandella.

It's one of many theories similar to the likes of, "Beyonce kept Sia trapped in a basement and forced her to write songs for her" or "Katy Perry is a grown-up JonBenet Ramsey". All theories that are easily disproved, but with a few blurry images complete with some circles and arrows, are made increasingly compelling.

Now, Lavigne is back with a new song for the first time in five years, one which chronicles her battle with Lyme disease.

In a statement, Lavigne described where the inspiration for "Head Above Water" came from saying, "I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’"

"In that moment, the song writing of this album began," she said. "It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on."

With the release of the song which includes lyrics like "Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting/ I’m too young to fall asleep" obviously fans of both Lavigne and the ridiculous theory are too inspired.

Her last album, Avril Lavigne was released in 2013, and she's reportedly working on her sixth studio album.

With the release of "Head Above Water" the Meliss- uh the Avril Lavigne Foundation has also launched a t-shirt campaign with all proceeds helping those affected by Lyme disease.

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