Life’s like this: Sometimes you rule the early 2000s, dropping angsty teen anthems while rocking a middle part and fashionable neck ties, and then a little over a decade later you become the most dangerous celebrity online.
Well, that’s the way it is for Avril Lavigne at least.
Though the pop singer brought joy to tweens of the world for so many years, the 32-year-old was named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet by cybersecurity firm McAfee, according to The Associated Press.
What the heck does that mean? Well, on Tuesday, McAfee told the publication Lavigne, was the celebrity most likely to “land users on websites that carry viruses or malware.” Yikes.
Searches for the singer reportedly have a 14.5 percent chance of bringing people to sites that could threaten cybersecurity, and that risk increases to an even more worrisome 22 percent if users search her name with the intent of looking for free MP3s.
McAfee reportedly uses its own site ratings to compile the initial celebrity list, then checks it with searches using Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
Back in 2016, actress Amy Schumer held the “Most Dangerous Celebrity on the Internet” title, and in 2015 it was DJ van Buuren, a Dutch DJ.
Following Lavigne, this year’s top 10 online celebrity searches to be wary of are all musicians. Bruno Mars took second place, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Katy Perry.
Beyoncé was named 10th most dangerous, and while she’s usually queen, we have a feeling she won’t be too bummed about dropping down the rankings under these circumstances.
Lavigne — whose last album came out in 2013 — has recently made headlines because of her battle with Lyme disease, divorce from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, and of course, that elaborate conspiracy theory of her death.
Sounds like it’s been a rough few years for the singer, but earlier this month she assured fans her sixth studio album will be here soon.
Keep holding on, Avril. Our inner-tweens need you.