The daughter of a phone-company employee and a stay-at-home mom, Avril grew up in quaint, rural Napanee, Ontario, Canada, where she managed to beat the small-town boredom by doing two things: playing ice hockey with her older brother and singing her heart out around town.
In 1999, at age 14, she won a radio contest to sing with fellow Canadian Shania Twain, and that exposure helped land her an Arista record deal at age 16.
Yep, that's right: The always outspoken, bird-flipping singer is so quiet that her voice rarely elevates above a girlish whisper.
After being linked to her former guitarist, Jesse Colburn, and her current guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, she's reportedly found love with Sum 41 singer, Deryck Whibley (although she has never publicly admitted to being romantically involved with any of them). Cosmo: Would you say that most of your songs are about guys you've dated? They're about what I'm experiencing with the whole dating thing, but I've really only dated two guys in the past four years.
It's easiest to write songs when I'm either really in love or really mad at a guy.
Kreviazuk suggested Maida produce songs for the album, an ability Lavigne did not know.
When I checked my radio dial, I realized the pop station was playing Carolyn's Complicated and the country station was playing Avril's.
It was special because it was my first award, and because I had always watched the award shows and seen people up there winning awards, and then I would go up to my bedroom and pretend I had won one.
I always thought about what it would be like…and then when I was walking up there to accept my first award, I was like Wow, I can't believe this is happening. But what's awesome is when I go on tour and see all the fans.
I have makeup over it, but it was all swollen up and it still hurts. It sucks that it happened in front of everyone, but at the same time, it was really funny. C: When was the moment you finally felt like you'd really made it as a singer?
A: Winning my first award, my MTV music award [for Best New Artist in 2002].
I actually had an ex-boyfriend tell me he was sorry after he heard one of my songs. I could never date a preppy guy with button-down shirts…like most of the guys in L. And I like guys who are short and kind of small, because I'm short—although I did date one tall guy in high school— and older guys, about four or five years older, because girls are much more mature than guys are. Is that a reflection of how you're feeling these days? It's personal and deep…that's what this record is to me. And I wanted a rawer sound…not as slick and not as pop as the first one.
C: "Don't Tell Me" is about kicking a guy out of bed who can't take no for an answer. Guys are babies, and I like to feel like I am being taken care of. C: How do you manage to have a relationship when you're always on the road? If two people believe in something really strongly, I think a longdistance relationship is easy. And you have to remember that any relationship is going to be hard…mostly because you're two different people and you have to figure stuff out. C: Is there any singer your age whom you like or respect? C: Is it true you kicked some girl in a bar who called you a poseur because she said you were trying to be punk?
A: It's the worst thing when a guy is supposed to call you and he doesn't. But that doesn't happen if you're with someone respectful. Sometimes I dress up fancy.…I'll wear a dress if I'm going out somewhere. I've taken on more responsibility recently—I have my own house now in Toronto.