Avril Lavigne is feeling nostalgic as she reflects on a major milestone: 20 years since the release of her debut album, Let Go.
In 2002, a then-teenage Avril shot to international stardom with one of the most iconic albums of its time.
It featured classic tracks including Sk8er Boi, Complicated and I’m With You, and inspired a whole generation to wear dark eyeliner, baggy clothes and (at least attempt to) try skateboarding.
Now, 20 years later, Avril, 37, is engaged to boyfriend Mod Sun, has released seventh album Love Sux, and is preparing to go on a world tour.
But this week she went back to where it all began: a street corner in New York City.
The star took to Canal Street in the Big Apple where, aged 17, she had posed moodily for the album cover of Let Go as cars and pedestrians passed her by.
Taking to TikTok, Avril shared a video of the moment she returned, again dressed in baggy black clothes, standing out on to the pedestrian crossing and folding her arms.
The video then faded away and was replaced by the original Let Go album, allowing viewers to see the resemblance.
Funnily, Avril didn’t use one of her own songs from Let Go as the background music for the clip, but instead chose emo coming-of-age anthem I’m Just A Kid by rockers Simple Plan.
The band was among the thousands of nostalgic fans who took to the comment section to mark the stunning milestone, writing: ‘This is amazing! Happy 20th Aniversary!’
Avril’s fiance, Mod, also wrote: ‘This is so amazing!’ while influencer and journalist Liam McEwan wrote: ‘This album is such a staple for the generation.’
The clip has proven massively popular online, having been liked well over 1.2 million times since being uploaded just 10 hours earlier.
Earlier this month, Avril again took to social media to celebrate 20 years of Let Go, where she spoke about the ‘monumental impact’ the album has had on her life.
She wrote: ‘It’s hard to try and comprehend how, 20 years later, the songs I wrote as a 17 year old would still resonate with people today.’
She recalled how Let Go ‘took me places I never in my wildest dreams could have ever expected,’ adding she is ‘thankful for it every single day’.