Is Avril Lavigne okay? She burst onto the music scene in 2003 with a fresh, rough-around-the-edges pop/punk sound that was new to the lexicon. “Girlfriend” and “Sk8er Boi” were anthems to a generation of young girls closing in on womanhood, and Avril Lavigne's music videos just added to that punk persona. The “in your face” Canadian singer seemed to be unstoppable. But after a few missteps, some bad decisions, and a handful of unfortunate situations, Avril was on the other side of things. So what happened to her? What has she been doing?
Sadly, Avril Lavigne has been widely derided on the Internet, which may explain her poor album sales. She also seems to be out of touch with her fans and her sound. To make matters worse, her health was compromised when she was diagnosed with severe Lyme disease. She was out of the public eye, unable to work for several months and even rumored to be dead (she’s not, just so you know). Avril’s health has since improved. She’s announced the release of a new album. Can she make a comeback? Stay tuned!
In 2005, She Got Married To Her First Husband, Who Turned Out To Be An Alcoholic Whom She Divorced Four Years Later
Avril Lavigne started dating Sum-41 singer Deryck Whibley when she was just 19. He proposed during a whirlwind vacation to Venice, Italy, in June 2005. The two were married a year later in Montecito, California. Soon after that, Lavigne publicly said she was “the best thing that’s ever happened” to Whibley and that her mere presence helped him stay clean from drugs.
However, just four years later, the couple split, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Whibley moved out of their $9.5 million, 12,000-square-foot estate in Bel Air. Soon after, Whibley's years-long battle with alcoholism grew much worse and nearly killed him - he was hospitalized for almost a month after his liver and kidneys failed due to years of addiction.
In 2007, She Was Accused Of Plagiarizing "Girlfriend"
The Rubinoos, a '70s power pop band, filed suit against Avril in 2007. They claimed their song, "I Want to Be Your Boyfriend,” had considerable similarity Avril's hit, “Girlfriend.” Avril addressed the claim on Myspace (remember that?), saying, "[I have] never heard this song in my life…. simply put; I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off.”
Less than a year later, Avril and The Rubinoos reached a settlement over the alleged plagiarism for an undisclosed amount. To hear the similarities and/or differences, watch the video above.
She Made A Weird, Self-Congratulatory Statement About How Charitable She Is
Sure, she can sing, but Avril can come across as a bit of a diva. For example, take Avril’s “10 Commandments” as listed in Britain's Q magazine in 2007. Egotistical doesn’t even begin to cover it. When quoted in the article about her generosity, she said:
"I am a very giving person. When the hurricane thing happened, I went to my closet, filled six boxes of stuff and said to my assistant, 'Take it to Katrina!' I also like to give stuff to people who are my 'workers,' especially if they don't make much money."
A “let them eat cake” statement for the 21st-century, if there ever was one.
In 2010, Avril Got In A Public Spat With Lindsay Lohan
In 2010, Avril and actress Lindsay Lohan got into it at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. Avril was at a table with her newest boyfriend, Brody Jenner, and other friends when Lindsay approached to say hello. According to an eyewitness, Avril screamed: “Get the hell out of my face, you are fake, you are a loser. I don’t like false people. Stay away from me and my friends.”
Lindsay stormed off, but not before trying to have Avril and company thrown out. The feud allegedly began a few months earlier, when Lohan snubbed Avril at an event.