Is Avril Lavigne Really Dead?

Is Avril Lavigne Really Dead?

A Conspiracy Theory That Has Been Talked About For Over A Decade
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I'm not one to invest in conspiracy theories, but this one is honestly messing me up. I love Avril Lavigne, and she was the soundtrack to a lot of my younger years, but was it really her?

If you are not familiar with the Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory, things are about to get pretty crazy. I will not stand with or against the theory, but I must admit that the evidence is pretty convincing...

First of all, if Avril really is dead, who has been performing in her place all of these years? Well, the theory states that Avril killed herself in the early 2000's not long after her grandfather's death, and her management team covered up her death by replacing her with her look-alike, Melissa Vandella. Melissa was actually hired by Avril to pose for the paparazzi and do other celebrity things that Avril was not interested in. This part is completely true, and it's even scarier that there is no trace of Melissa Vandella on social media or the internet since after Avril supposedly died. Here is a picture of Avril (left) and Melissa (right) together.

I know that a lot of people say that Avril just had a makeover and changed her style, but the new Avril looks a lot more like the Melissa in this picture.

A lot of different details have inspired this conspiracy theory into what it is today.

- Avril got shorter. Melissa (probably wearing heels in the picture above), is around an inch or two shorter than Avril, and Avril "became" Melissa's height after her supposed death.

- Avril's style, hair, and facial features noticeably changed.

- Avril's first album after her supposed death was titled "Under My Skin", and many of her lyrics hint at the death.

- Avril's handwriting before and after the supposed death changed significantly.

- If you listen to Avril before and after the supposed death, her singing voice sounds different.

- In a photoshoot after the supposed death, Avril holds her hand out with "Melissa" written in sharpie.


- I don't know a lot about this, but apparently Avril got a tattoo after the supposed death that Melissa Vandella had...

- Band member Evan Taubenfeld left the band not long after the supposed death, but first wrote a duet with Avril with lyrics about how he never thought he would lose his best friend.

- Avril's music and personality have not been the same...

Is Avril dead? Obviously, I have invested way too much thought into this, but the evidence is just too much to handle. I don't think I even covered it all, and I just honestly hope that it isn't true. Either way, Avril will always be apart of my soundtrack.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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