Avril Lavigne and husband splitting after three years of marriage

Friday September 18, 2009

After increasing reports of discord in her marriage, Avril Lavigne has confirmed she has separated from her musician husband Deryck Whibley.

The 24-year-old singer posted on her official website that she and the Sum 41 front man are parting on good terms.

"Deryck and I have been together for six and a half years," she wrote. "We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21."

"I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship."

"I admire Deryck and have a great amount of respect for him. He is the most amazing person I know and I love him with all my heart. Deryck and I are separating and moving forward on a positive note."

On his band's MySpace page, 29-year-old Deryck also posted a message about the split saying: "The past six and a half years have been the most amazing years of my life."

"It's sad it has come to an end but Avril and I are still family and moving forward in the most positive way possible."

Avril and Deryck, who are both from Canada, married in California in July 2006.

Photo: ę Rex

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