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Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and occasional actress. She was originally known for her "skater punk" persona, but has since shed that image in favour of a more sophisticated and feminine style. Her two albums, Let Go (2002) and Under My Skin (2004), have topped charts in several countries.

Although her surname is of French origin, she does not speak French and her name is pronounced in an anglicized way, somewhat as [] ("La-veen"), rather than []. Lavigne, or rather la vigne, in French means the vine or the vineyard. Her first name, Avril, is French for April, but is also pronounced in an anglicized way as [] ("Av-ril"), rather than [].

Lavigne is featured in Maxim Magazine's Girls of Maxim gallery. In 2006, she was included in Canadian Business Magazine's ranking of the most powerful Canadians in Hollywood, grabbing the seventh position.

Until 2003, Lavigne traveled with a bag full of about 30 neckties. Some of them she bought, and the rest she took from her father; some were sent to her by fans. Lavigne stopped wearing neckties in 2003, as she was horrified at the media references to her style overshadowing her music, and that she was starting a fashion trend.

Her authenticity as anything other than a "faux hard-core" Spice Girls-like media creation was illustrated during the 2003 Grammy awards: while reading the award for best male rock performance, Avril was apparently so unfamiliar with rock legend David Bowie, she was unaware of how to even pronounce his name.

The classification of Lavigne's style of music has been debated. All Music Guide and other reviewers consider her to be "teen pop" or "adult/alternative pop-rock". It is questioned whether or not her music style is punk. The reason for the confusion appears to be for her punk-like appearance early in her career. There have been several occasions where she has stated "I'm not punk," and other occasions where she stated she was a "skater punk."[18] Avril told Vainquer Magazine in April 2005, that she considered her music to be pop rock.

Lavigne spoke about her glamourous new look in a September 2006 interview. She explains, "When I was in high school I was a little shit, hanging out with the guys, getting drunk, smoking, getting in fights, playing hockey. My band were all guys, so I was only around guys, but when I got older I started being more of a chick. I broke out on the scene looking like the 17-year-old that I was. And from then to now I look really different - but that's called growing up." [19]

In September 2006, Lavigne was caught spitting on paparazzi photographers and writing expletives on fan photos for autograph seekers. [20] Lavigne later issued a public apology for spitting on the photographers, claiming "It's trying at best dealing with their insistent intrusions. I meant no offense to my fans, whose relationship I truly value." [21] No detailed explanation was offered for the incident.

It has been speculated that Lavigne is a vegetarian, but she has said many times that she is not. In the January 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine, she admitted to "snagging a bite of Matt's cheeseburgers every now and again." Also in a recent interview, she said she prefers not to eat meat, but will not say she's a vegetarian "in case anyone caught her eating meat". As a teenager she would hang out at the La Pizzeria restaurant in Napanee, Ontario. In her Under My Skin Bonez Documentary, she has stated that pizza with olive toppings is her favourite food, although she doesn't eat it too much because pizza is not good for her voice. Since her rise to fame, the restaurant has named a pizza after Avril that contains her favourite toppings and there is a guest book for fans to sign which is picked up by Avril when she visits friends and family in her home town. [22]

Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist that matches the style of the one used for her first album artwork. It was created at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist — thought to be a reference to husband Deryck Whibley. She has also bought a house with him in Beverly Hills.[23]

Lavigne was romantically linked to her former guitarist Jesse Colburn, and acknowledged him as her first boyfriend. After breaking up, Colburn also left the band.

In February 2004, she began dating fellow Canadian singer, Deryck Whibley, the lead singer/guitarist of punk-rock band Sum 41; Whibley became Lavigne's second boyfriend. In June 2005 they became engaged. Whibley proposed to Lavigne by surprising her with a trip to Venice, a gondola ride, and then a romantic picnic. The couple finally married in a traditional ceremony on Saturday, July 15th, 2006 at a private estate in the California coastal city of Montecito. Lavigne wore a Vera Wang gown, carried pearl white Australian roses and was walked down the aisle by her father. Whibley wore a Hugo Boss suit and was accompanied by four best men. There were about 110 guests in attendance.[24] The hit song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls was played as their wedding song.When asked if they were ready for kids they said "not right now but somewhere down the road." [25][26] [27]
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