Avril Lavigne UK tour rumours and new album 'Head Above Water'
Avril Lavigne has been away for so long, a conspiracy theory persists that the singer died and was replaced by a lookalike (more below).
But after dropping new single 'Head Above Album' - the title track of her upcoming sixth studio album - the inimitable Avril Lavigne is clearly alive and well.
But is she going to announce a UK tour? Here's everything we know about Avril Lavigne’s tour plans and new album…
Avril Lavigne new album 2018: when is it out?
After a long hiatus from the music scene - Avril Lavinge returned in September with a fresh social media presence and new single'Head Above Water'.
The track delves into her struggles with Lyme disease - the reason why she hasn't been in the spotlight for some time - and how she turned to religion for help.
'Head Above Water' is Avril's first new single in five years.
Little is known about Avril's new album, other than that fact it will also include tracks called 'Dumb Blonde', 'Birdie', 'It Was in Me', 'Warrior' and 'I Fell in Love with the Devil'.
The ‘Sk8er Boi’ singer kept fans informed of the album's progress on social media alongside pics of herself hard at work on the new music.
Avril initially revealed she was working on new music (the singer hasn’t released new material since 2013’s eponymous album ‘Avril Lavigne’) in an Instagram post in December 2016.
The star explained that her battle with Lyme Disease - which she contracted from a tick bite - had been consuming a lot of her energy, but that she was ready to get back to making music.
She said, “I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience and support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past two years.
"It hasn't just been a hard battle but it's also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally. I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme disease with the Avril Lavigne Foundation.
“I'm really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album!"
In an interview with Billboard earlier in 2017, Avril revealed she would be “going back to my roots”, referring to the days when she sang in church and at country fairs.
She said, "I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn't hit on before. There's the love topic, but a lot of these songs are about life.
“I've experienced a lot over the past few years, and some of the songs just came to me. Concepts and lyrics were flowing and I would have to grab my phone to sing into voice memo and write out my lyrics."
On top of working on her own music, Avril has collaborated on other musicians’ records. The singer featured on the song ‘Wings Clipped’ by Grey…
....as well as ‘Listen’ by Japanese rockers ‘One Ok Rock’.
When will Avril Lavigne tour again?
There hasn't been an Avril Lavigne UK tour since ‘The Black Star Tour’ back in 2011.
The main reason Avril has been taking time out from the music industry recently is due to a two-year battle with Lyme disease.
The star revealed in an interview with People that the disease left her incapacitated her for months.
She said, “I thought I was dying. There were times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand.”
In 2015, she also went through a divorce from Nickleback singer Chad Kroeger.
However, Avril does seem to be in good health and high spirits now, so it's likely the Canadian star will take the new album on tour in 2019.
But she hasn’t made any official tour announcements yet...
Did Avril Lavigne die and get replaced by an actress?
While we have no desire to give credibility to baseless conspiracy theories, it's worth mentioning there is a decent portion of people online who believe the star died in 2003 and was replaced by an actress called Melissa Vandella.
There is no discernible evidence for any of this, but we thought we'd explain if you're wondering why her social media posts get so much attention from the tin-foil hatters of the web. A similar conspiracy theory involving former Beatle Paul McCartney also persists.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on Avril Lavigne’s new album and 2019 tour plans.