Who Is Melissa Vandella? Details About The Woman In The Avril Lavigne 'Clone' Conspiracy

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Who is Melissa Vandella

If you were a teenage girl in the early 2000s, you most likely lived in a state of angst, and Avril Lavigne was your Queen. The punk princess was everywhere during that time and exploded when her first album debuted in 2002.

Avril went on to write her second album right after her grandfather died and was extremely distraught because she was so close to him. According to the Avil Lavigne conspiracy theory, the Canadian songstress could not handle going through life without him. She would cry onstage, in interviews, and even had to take breaks from recording to calm herself down.

She attempted suicide a few times and in 2003 succeeded. Cue in Melissa Vandella. Who is Melissa Vandella?

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Melissa was the double for Avril who would go out on press tours and do a lot of PR-type interviews because the real Avril couldn't stand being in the spotlight. She and Avril became best friends and Avril though it would be fun to teach her how to sing just like her. 

After her second album, that's when the speculation began, saying she died. The studio already had her songs recorded and conveniently had a look-a-like and sound-a-like to take her place. From there on, Melissa would be Avril and have her own music career. 

Whaaaat? It's all speculation, but you have to admit that stranger things have happened. There is a whole website dedicated to this Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory. The theory has resurfaced on Twitter and fans are questioning whether or not Avril has been gone for over a decade.

Here are some facts about the elusive Melissa Vandella, aka the fake Avril. 

1. Vandella apparently sings about Avril's death in her songs. 


A post shared by Avril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) on Aug 4, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT

Hits like "Slipper Away" and "Nobody's Home" have very morbid lyrics and undertones hinting at dark times. For example, "She wants to go home, but nobody’s home. It’s where she lies, broken inside. With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes. Broken inside. And now you are gone, now you are gone. There you go, there you go. Somewhere I can’t bring you back."

You can listen to "My Happy Ending" for more clues and evidence. 

2. Vandella has no real social media. 

In the age of the internet, it is quite easy to look someone up and find out about their past. But in this particular case, there is no trace of Melissa anywhere. Sure it was the early 2000s when she emerged, but not even a blip on the internet since then?

If it's true, the production company must have a gnarly tech guy who can wipe any slate clean. There are some copycat fan accounts (if you can call them that) but none of them have been confirmed to be the real Melissa. 

3. Vandella's style is different from Avril's.

Everyone is assuming that artists don't change their looks just for this particular case, but they are right when they claim the styles over time are very different. Avril started out very punk rock with not a lot of frill in her videos. She wore ties, pants, and black whenever she could.

Melissa, on the other hand, loves upbeat punk songs, dances around in her videos, and wears bright colors. Hmmm, interesting. You can read a letter that a fan wrote to Melissa comparing all the differences.

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4. There's a whole Twitter thread on this subject and people send in "evidence."

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Twitter user @givenchyass  is set on telling everyone about the theory. There are pictures, song compilations, and other tidbits to help support the story. However, even @givenchyass has said that there is no actual evidence, and it's all fun and hearsay.

Conspiracy theories can spread like wildfire and thanks to this Twitter user this theory came back guns blazing. 

5. "Avril" says her absence at times was due to her Lyme disease — not a look-alike. 


A post shared by Avril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:25am PST

Back in 2015, this conspiracy theory was at its height and people were convinced it was true. It was unfortunate timing that the singer/songwriter went MIA on the public. She revealed later on that she was suffering for months from Lyme's disease caused by a tick bite.

"I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed. My friends asked, 'What’s wrong?' I didn’t know. I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months," she said. It also didn't help that she was divorcing her husband of two years, Chad Kroeger from Nickelback.

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.