Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. Take a look below for 33 more fun and interesting facts about Avril Lavigne.
1. Her debut studio album, “Let Go,” emphasized a skate punk persona that has earned her the title “Pop Punk Queen,” from critics and music publications, due to her achievement and impact in the industry.
2. Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music, since she paved the way for female-driven, punk-influenced pop music.
3. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide, making her the third-best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, behind Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
4. Lavigne’s breakthrough single, “Complicated”, reached number one in several countries worldwide and made her the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the United Kingdom.
5. Her second studio album, “Under My Skin,” became Lavigne’s first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, going on to sell 10 million copies worldwide.
6. “The Best Damn Thing,” Lavigne’s third studio album, reached number one in seven countries worldwide and saw the international success of its lead single “Girlfriend”, which became her first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
7. Her fourth and fifth studio albums, “Goodbye Lullaby” and “Avril Lavigne”, saw continued commercial success and were both certified gold in Canada, the United States, and other territories.
8. In addition to music, Lavigne voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film “Over the Hedge,” and made her screen acting debut in “Fast Food Nation”.
9. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, and Wild Rose in 2011.
10. Lavigne was born in 1984 at Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
11. She was named “Avril” by her father after the French word for the month of April.
12. He and Lavigne’s mother recognized their child’s vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang “Jesus Loves Me” on the way home from church.
13. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang. “My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying.”
14. She is the sister-in-law of Japanese band One OK Rock bassist Ryota Kohama.
15. Lavigne’s paternal grandfather Maurice Yves Lavigne was born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.
16. A member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he married Lucie Dzierzbicki, a French native of Morhange, in France in 1953. Their son, Jean-Claude Lavigne was born in 1954 on the RCAF Station Grostenquin in Grostenquin, Lorraine.
17. When Jean-Claude was a child, the family moved to Ontario, Canada, and in 1975, he married Judith-Rosanne “Judy” Loshaw.
18. When Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000.
19. In school, she was sometimes kicked out of class for misbehaving.
20. Her parents supported her singing. Her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars, and converted their basement into a studio; following his own love for music Jean-Claude led the family to church at Third Day Worship Center in Kingston, Ontario, where he often played bass.
21. When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions.
22. Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain. She began writing her own songs.
23. She began writing her own songs. Her first song was called “Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, about a teenage crush, which she described as “cheesy cute”.
24. In April 2015, she revealed to People Magazine that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease after her 30th birthday in 2014.
25. Lavigne and Sum 41 lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley began dating when Lavigne was 19 years old, after being friends since she was 17. In June 2005, Whibley proposed to her. The couple married on July 15, 2006 in Montecito, California.
26. On October 9, 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce, releasing the statement, “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.” The divorce was finalized on November 16, 2010.
27. Lavigne started dating “The Hills” star Brody Jenner in February 2010. After almost two years of dating, the couple split in January 2012.
28. Lavigne began dating fellow Canadian musician Chad Kroeger, frontman of the band Nickelback, in July 2012. The relationship blossomed after they began working together in March 2012 to write and record music for Lavigne’s fifth album.
29. Lavigne and Kroeger became engaged in August 2012, after one month of dating. The couple married at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean in the South of France, on July 1, 2013, after a year of being together.
30. On September 2, 2015, Lavigne announced her separation from Kroeger via her official Instagram account.
31. Lavigne has been legally French from birth, because her father is French and France applies jus sanguinis.
32. She applied for her French passport and received it in February 2011.
33. In January 2012, Lavigne’s house in Bel-Air, on the market since May 2011, sold, and Lavigne moved to Paris, France, to study the French language. She rented an apartment and attended a Berlitz school.