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Avril Lavigne

Singer

Born: 27 September 1984
Birthplace: Napanee, Canada
Best known as:

The former skate punk who sang the hit "Complicated"

Pop music star Avril Lavigne was originally packaged as a hard-edged Britney Spears for the skateboard set; her website described her as "a skater-punk, a dynamic spirit, a true wild child." Avril Lavigne was born in a small town in Ontario and grew up singing in church. At age 16 she caught the eye of record producers, who had plans to make her a pop star in the mold of fellow Canadian Shania Twain. Instead, Lavigne teamed with songwriters and came up with hit tunes such as "Sk8er Boi" and "Complicated," the latter of which was featured on the show Dawson's Creek. Lavigne was only 17 when her debut album Let Go was released (2002); the album netted her five Grammy nominations. Her next album. Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and reached #1 on the Billboard album charts. In 2006 she announced a deal with the powerhouse Ford Models agency, and told Harpers Bazaar magazine she was hoping "to do those really beautiful ads with high-end products." Throwing her 'punk' tag even further out the window, she released the single "Girlfriend," a bouncy teen-pop ditty from her 2007 album The Best Damn Thing.  She released the album Goodbye Lullaby in 2011.

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Avril Lavigne married Deryck Whibley, frontman for the band Sum 41 and a fellow Canadian, on 15 July 2006. They split up in 2009 and were divorced in 2010... In August of 2012, Avril Lavigne announced her engagement to Chad Kroeger, front man for the band Nickelback. They were married on 1 July 2013.  It was Kroeger's first marriage. He was 38, Lavigne 28 at the time of their marriage.

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