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Avril Lavigne - Uncomplicated Superstar Still Skating On Success

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Now she’s a superstar; that Avril Lavigne. Can I make it any more obvious? It is the best company about this Friendship bracelet.

If you happen to be her fan, you will immediately have a clue of what you have just read there. Or did you sing it?

Remove “that Avril Lavigne” and what remains are two lines from her 2002 hit song Sk8er Boi (pronounced “skater boy”).

Rolling Stone called it “punk rock.” For AllMusic, it’s “alt-pop” (alternative pop). Sputnikmusic labeled it as “pop punk.”

Well, Avril Lavigne is every bit of those: she’s a bit pop, a bit punk, a bit rock.

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But overall, she’s one huge success.

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Presenting Avril Lavigne - Before She Hits 40

Avril Ramona L. Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in the city of Belleville in Ontario, Canada.

“Avril” is “April” in French.

Her middle-class family relocated in the town of Napanee (still in Ontario) when she was five.

Jean-Claude “John” Dzierzbicki Lavigne and Judith-Rosanne “Judy” Loshaw-Lavigne are her parents.

She’s a middle child.

Her older brother is Matthew (two years older than her). Their younger sister is Michelle (three years younger than her).

According to Digital Spy, her siblings would jest at her singing. She recalled:

My brother and sister used to make fun of me and say when I sang, my nostrils would flare.

Avril Lavigne also shared an anecdote about how her mother discovered her singing talent. When she was 2 years old, she sang Jesus Loves Me on their way home from church.

In 1999, at 14, she won a contest. The prize? A duet with Canadian country singer Shania Twain.

Avril Lavigne in braids with brother Matthew, touching the shaved head of Cliff Fabri and a cigar on her mouth
Avril Lavigne in braids with brother Matthew, touching the shaved head of Cliff Fabri and a cigar on her mouth

In December 1999, Canadian talent manager Cliff Fabri discovered her. She was singing that time at Chapters, an Ontario bookstore.

On why he decided to manage Avril Lavigne, Fabri said, as quoted by the site Sk8ter Faker:

The thing that attracted me to her . . . wasn’t the voice, wasn’t the looks, wasn’t the songs. It was the attitude, the confidence.

That’s also what Canadian folk singer and songwriter Stephen Bruce Medd observed.

Medd, who wrote two songs for Lavigne for his album, which she later used as her demo CDs (compact discs), said:

It was her love of singing that gave her the confidence.

Avril Lavigne in black outfit with her parents at the backstage of ‘Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’
Avril Lavigne in black outfit with her parents at the backstage of ‘Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’

Under the wings of Fabri, Avril Lavigne met these top music executives:

  • Brian Hetherman (Universal Music Canada)
  • Mark Jowett (Nettwerk Records)
  • Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Arista Records)

In 2000, Jowett made her work with songwriter and music producer Peter Zizzo in New York. In November of the same year, Reid watched her sing at Zizzo’s studio..

That same day, Arista Records wanted to offer a contract to then-16-year-old Avril Lavigne.

Complicated was the first song to be written for her first album.

In the Toronto leg of Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour (April 5, 2022-July 7, 2022), Avril Lavigne joined her on stage to sing Complicated.

That song - and that album, Let Go (2002) - paved the way for Lavigne’s journey to fame and fortune.

Basic Information Details
Full NameAvril Ramona Loshaw Lavigne
Age37
Height (in feet)5 feet and 1 inch (1.55 meters)
Date of BirthSeptember 27, 1984
Place of BirthBelleville, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
ParentsJean-Claude D. Lavigne; Judith-Rosanne Loshaw
SiblingsMatthew Lavigne; Michelle Lavigne-Kohama
School (Elementary)Napanee District Secondary School, Ontario
School (High School)Greater Napanee High School, Ontario
Civil StatusSingle (Engaged to Mod Sun; April 2022)
First MarriageDeryck Whibley (2006-2010)
Childrennone
Second MarriageChad Kroeger (2013-2015)
Childrennone
Occupationsinger, songwriter, entrepreneur
Net Worth$60 million (2022 estimates)
Social Media Account - Facebook50 million followers
Social Media Account - Instagram11.6 million followers
Social Media Account - TikTok4.7 million followers
Social Media Account - Twitter 20.6 million followers

Avril Lavigne Discography

On June 6, 2022, via Instagram, L.A. Reid congratulated Avril Lavigne on the 20th anniversary of Let Go.

Part of his post reads:

At 17 years old, Avril was so talented, so brave, and so clear.

Avril Lavigne Debut Album

On June 4, 2002, Arista Records released Let Go, with 13 tracks, including the hit singles Complicated, Sk8er Boi, and I’m With You.

As of September 2015, it sold 6.9 million copies in the U.S.

Avril Lavigne earned her first Grammy nomination (Best Pop Vocal Album) for this one. In 2003, she won two Juno Awards: Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.

Avril Lavigne in blazer and baggy pants and with her hands crossed
Avril Lavigne in blazer and baggy pants and with her hands crossed

Avril Lavigne Albums

As of September 2022, the worldwide sales of her albums already exceeded 40 million units. In the U.S., 12.5 million units were sold.

The table below shows all the albums of Avril Lavigne so far:

Album Name, Release Date, and Recod LabelNumber of Units Sold (U.S.)
Let Go (June 2002) - Arista6.9 million units (as of September 2015)
Under My Skin (May 2004) - Arista3.2 million units (as of Sept. 2015)
The Best Damn Thing (April 2007) - RCA1.7 million units (as of July 2013)
Goodbye Lullaby (March 2011) - RCA394,000 units (as of Sept. 2015)
Avril Lavigne (November 2013) - Epic156,000 units (as of Sept. 2015)
Head Above Water (February 2019) - BMG34,889 units in Japan (at the end of February 2019)
Love Sux (February 2022) - DTA, Elektra19,000 units (as of March 6, 2022)

Avril Lavigne New Album

On February 25, 2022, DTA and Elektra Records released Love Sux.

Avril Lavigne’s seventh studio album contains 12 tracks.

For this album, she collaborated with Blink-182 singer and bassist Mark Hoppus on All I Wanted and with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on Bois Lie.

In her review of the album, Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson wrote:

Love Sux finds Avril Lavigne returning to the early 00s pop-punk roots that made her name and produced MTV-saturating hits such as Sk8er Boi. It’s a nostalgic vibe.

Avril Lavigne in black T-shirt, camouflage pants, green T-shirt, arm bands and spike bracelets
Avril Lavigne in black T-shirt, camouflage pants, green T-shirt, arm bands and spike bracelets

Husband Of Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is not married - yet (again).

On April 7 2022, her 35-year-old boyfriend, Mod Sun (born Derek Ryan Smith) proposed to her in Paris.

Their professional relationship took another level while they worked on the album Love Sux (2022).

They disclosed their relationship in public in February 2021. Then they celebrated their first-year anniversary in November.

Mod Sun, on bended knee, proposes to Avril Lavigne; Avril shows her heart-shaped diamond engagement ring
Mod Sun, on bended knee, proposes to Avril Lavigne; Avril shows her heart-shaped diamond engagement ring

Avril Lavigne And Deryck Whibley

From July 15, 2006 to November 16, 2010, Avril Lavigne was married to Deryck Whibley, lead vocalist of the Canadian rock band Sum 41. He was 25, she was 21 when they exchanged vows in California.

They have remained good friends after their split.

In 2014, Whibley and her mother watched a Los Angeles show of Lavigne. That time, she already remarried.

In February 2022, the ex-couple and Mod Sun had dinner in Nobu in Malibu.

Avril Lavigne And Chad Kroeger

In 2013, on her second wedding, Avril Lavigne married again a frontman of another Canadian rock band.

It also didn’t last.

She and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger divorced in 2015.

Issues And Controversies

What’s life, let alone one lived mostly as an entertainment figure, if there are no bumps and dents along the way?

Avril Lavigne, the celebrity that is, encountered some in her 20 or so years in the music industry.

Here’s one: Hello! Magazine reported in 2015 about an alleged “no-touch” rule she imposed in all her meet-and-greet events.

Lavigne clarified that, saying:

I do touch my fans. I love having the opportunity to meet my fans.

However, she explained that “security breaches” happened before.

Some fans would do certain unreasonable actions. So, Avril Lavigne and her staff have become more cautious since then.

Avril Lavigne Disease

In a 2015 interview with ABC News, Avril Lavigne talked about her Lyme disease, which she acquired during her 2014 tour.

Doctors initially diagnosed her condition as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Crying, she told the interviewer, fellow Canadian Jesse Palmer, that in October 2014:

I literally became bedridden . . . the worst time of my life.

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick.

This illness can be fatal, as it can lead to liver inflammation as well as inflammation in the brain area.

Avril Lavigne took a hiatus for five years, and much of it was spent on recuperating.

April 2015 People magazine issue, with Avril Lavigne on the cover and her secret health crisis
April 2015 People magazine issue, with Avril Lavigne on the cover and her secret health crisis

Avril Lavigne And Chantal Kreviazuk

In 2007, Avril Lavigne nearly sued Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.

Kreviazuk claimed that Lavigne stole a song she wrote. Eventually, the former publicly apologized for her allegations.

Lavigne countered that she and her then-lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld wrote the song in question, reported CBC.

Prior to this, Avril Lavigne was already accused twice for stealing someone else’s song.

That same year, Tommy Dunbar of The Rubinoos, a group that started in the ‘70s, filed a lawsuit against her.

Per Billboard, Dunbar found Lavigne’s Girlfriend (2007) sounding like their song I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (1973).

The parties involved agreed in an out-of-court settlement.

At one time, blogger and podcaster Perez Hilton compared her I Don’t Have to Try (2007) to I’m The Kinda (2003) by Peaches. He noted how the former’s opening part sounded like the latter.

Avril Lavigne performs her medley of hits | Juno Awards 2022

Avril Lavigne Hollywood Walk Of Fame

This September, Avril Lavigne will be turning 38.

An early gift came unwrapped and in the form of a star-shaped thing, with her name engraved on it.

It’s not a unique gift, though. Similar stars can be found near hers. But, hey, not every star like her gets to have that star.

She tweeted on September 1:

Look Mom. I got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On August 31, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Avril Lavigne with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the “Recording” category.

Hers is the 2,731th star to be given.

Avril Lavigne showed up in her “favorite hoodie in high school,” as she replied to an inquiry by Entertainment Tonight regarding her choice of outfit.

The hoodie comes with “Skateboarding is not a crime” imprinted on it.

It was the same one she wore when she was 16 and posing for a picture at the famous Hollywood Boulevard spot.

That’s not the only memento present in the ceremony. She also brought with her a framed photo of that incident.

Avril Lavigne in blue hoodie and plaid pants posing with her Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Avril Lavigne in blue hoodie and plaid pants posing with her Hollywood Walk of Fame star

American rapper and singer-songwriter Machine Gun Kelly (born Colson Baker) attended the awarding ceremony as guest speaker.

At the podium, standing next to her, he told Avril Lavigne about the joy of meeting and working with her “as a fan and as a friend.”

The 32-year-old performer also praised her:

You’re so important. The [Hollywood Walk of Fame] star is a microcosm of everything that you are doing and have done for us. Your songs will live far past any of our lifetime.

Billboard’s 2022 “Top Rock Artist” recipient collaborated with her in Bois Lie from her Love Sux album.

Avril Lavigne always sings Bois Lie in her Mainstream Sellout Tour (Jun 8, 2022-October 12, 2022). Machine Gun Kelly, whom she calls “Kells,” would join her on stage.

Avril Lavigne in black top and pants pouts as pink-haired Machine Gun Kelly in fishnet shirt leans backward
Avril Lavigne in black top and pants pouts as pink-haired Machine Gun Kelly in fishnet shirt leans backward

Avril Lavigne Net Worth

This 2022, Celebrity Net Worth estimated Avril Lavigne’s net worth at $60 million.

In November 2000, she signed a record deal with Arista Records to the tune of $1.25 million.

Avril Lavigne became a millionaire at 16.

Not only that, for publishing advance, Arista paid her $900,000.

Collage of nine Instagram posts showing Avril Lavigne for Abbey Dawn clothing line
Collage of nine Instagram posts showing Avril Lavigne for Abbey Dawn clothing line

In 2008, Avril Lavigne launched the clothing line Abbey Dawn.

She described the clothes as “rock glam: fun, colorful, and edgy” and “affordable.”

After her deal with the department store Kohl’s ended in 2011, she started selling through other stores in the U.S. as well as online.

Abbey Dawn continues to operate up to this day.

People Ask

How Old Was Avril When She Released Her First Song?

Avril Lavigne was 18 years old.

Is ‘Skater Boy’ A True Story?

Songfacts stated that the song is about “a story told from the singer's viewpoint.”

The site believes that the skater boy refers to Avril Lavigne.

Did Avril Lavigne Date Tony Hawk?

Avril Lavigne and the phenomenal professional skateboarder, Tony Hawk, never dated.

They only appeared in a 27-second TikTok video posted by Lavigne on June 21, 2021.

That video (37.2 million views so far) shows her lip-syncing parts of “Sk8er Boi” as the then-53-year-old Hawk showcases his skills on a portable skateboard ramp.

Who Has A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame That Cannot Be Stepped On?

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (1942-2016).

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., his star (2,189th star) is the only one mounted on a wall (at the Dolby Theater entrance) and not on the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard.

Avril Lavigne in the covers of 2022 Harper’s Bazaar-Vietnam, 2022 INROCK and 2022 Basic magazine
Avril Lavigne in the covers of 2022 Harper’s Bazaar-Vietnam, 2022 INROCK and 2022 Basic magazine

Conclusion

After the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarding ceremony, Entertainment Tonight asked Avril Lavigne for any message.

What she shared was the same things her younger self held on to:

Just work hard and know who you are. Be real . . . authentic and believe in yourself because anything is possible.

And that’s what she did! She worked hard and believed in herself. Look at her now.

Avril Lavigne at 37: still making music, still youthful-looking. Can I make it any more obvious?

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