Avril Lavigne burst onto the scene in 2002 at the age of 17. Complicated, her debut single, and Skater Boi cemented Avril as the princess of the pop-punk scene.
She had started singing as a young teenager, and by 15 had sung live on stage with Shania Twain, but her debut album Let Go
shot her to stardom.
It went straight in at number one in the UK, making her the youngest solo artist to gain a number one album, and garnered her eight Grammy nominations.
Avril was also a songwriter, and had songwriting credits on her album. She went on to write Kelly Clarkson's hit single Breakaway,
and by 2004 had completed her second album, Under My Skin.
By 2007, Avril had released her third album, The Best Damn Thing
, and the lead single Girlfriend became the most downloaded single of the year
. In subsequent years, Avril took her music in new directions before returning to the pop-punk scene in 2013 with Here's To Never Growing Up,
and a new album, Avril Lavigne.
In 2006 Avril married a longtime friend, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, but in 2010 they announced they were divorcing
, with Avril stating: "I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship."
By 2012 Avril had announced she was dating fellow Canadian musician Chad Kroeger of Nickelback fame, and in 2013 the pair married in an intimate ceremony exclusively covered by HELLO!
. In September 2014, separation rumours
surrounded the pair, when Avril was seen without her wedding ring.