Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger’s relationship has been so quiet that few even knew they were dating. Now, after a six-month courtship, the Canadian rockers are engaged to be married, Lavigne’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Lavigne, 27, and Kroeger, 37, first got together in February to co-write a song for Lavigne’s upcoming fifth studio album.
“A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together,” a Lavigne pal tells PEOPLE.
On Aug. 8, Kroeger popped the question, presenting Lavigne with a 14-carat diamond sparkler.
“He makes her so happy,” a family source tells PEOPLE. “Both of their families could not be more excited.”
It will be Kroeger’s first trip down the aisle, and the second marriage for Lavigne, who split from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in 2009. She had also dated Brody Jenner.
If Avril and Chad here are happy together, them I’m happy for them. I wish them all the best in their marriage. But they wrote music together? Really? That terrifies me. This is the girl that screeched out a song called “Sk8er Boi” and the guy who growls out stupid lyrics like “what the hell is on Joey’s head?” Can the world take their combined powers of horrible, terrible music?
August 22, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
Well, maybe. She did strike out with both Deryck Whibley and that bag of dicks, Brody Jenner, so maybe she’s gone and decided that she’d do better batting (or catching, or whatever) for the other team.
These photos are of Avril Lavigne and some friends in Cabo San Lucas, where water-frolicking, beer-drinking, and general revelry happened, because DUH, Sk8er Boi. It’s about time that Avril got back out into the world, too, because she and that Jenner asshat broke up back in January, and there’s hardly been word of her since then. Seriously, the last time we talked about Avril here was back in … well, in June, but that was only because there was this weird relationship rumor going ’round that she was hooking up with Marilyn Manson (false, thank God), but prior to that, we’d only spoken about her two or three times, and it was just to mock her hair and her music. Like normal.
Whatever. All I can say is that whoever this girl is, Avril would be better off hooking up with her. She’s oodles better-looking than Deryck Whibley, and probably a hell of a lot classier than Brody f-cking Jenner. I say go for it, if you haven’t yet already, Avril.
July 24, 2012 at 6:30 am by Sarah
Today has been such a huge day for love, hasn’t it? We’ve heard about how our dear Adele is cooking up a little bundle of love in her uterus, and we’ve heard about how love was torn apart by Tom Cruise and his crazy ol’ head. But now we’re hearing about how, somewhere else, love is just starting to bloom. Between Avril Lavigne and Marilyn Manson.
From Star via Celebitchy:
Oh my Goth! Avril Lavigne, 27, and Marilyn Manson, 43, platonic friends for years, are suddenly romantic now that they’re both single. “Avril has been in Paris and Marilyn is on a European tour, so whenever he has a break, he files back to Paris to be with her,” says a source. “They’ve been hooking up and then Skyping when they aren’t together. It’s not really serious yet, but they’ve definitely got a little love connection going on.”
Yeah, this is from Star, so there’s a solid chance it’s total bullshit. But it’s gossip, you guys. A few days ago I hung out with my boyfriend’s four-year-old niece and listened to her while she told me all about how the lady from across the street’s daughter tried to break into her car at Walmart. Was it true? I don’t know, maybe. Was it fun? Yes, of course it was. So loosen up and let the tabloids into your heart already.
June 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Emily
… Either that or she’s trying to channel her inner drunkard, which isn’t all that hard because I hear she floats rather close to the surface of both Avril‘s physical being and psyche. I mean, honestly. Does girlfriend not look absolutely tanked in these photos??
Also, get ready for it—I’m about to say something nice about Avril. It doesn’t happen very often, if it’s ever even happened in the history of this site. From me. Are you prepared? Here goes: I think Avril would actually look … well, quite pretty if she decided to buzz the rest of her head, because the way no hair would contrast against and enhance her cheekbones would, I think, be rather striking, if I have to speak honestly about it.
Anyway, this is Avril’s new look, and I have to say, it’s gads better than the way Ke$ha tried to pull it off on her birthday. Ke$ha’s look was alright, I guess, but there’s just something about the way that Avril did it that makes it almost presentable. All I know is that tomorrow is my birthday (whee! Twenty-nine!), and I won’t be shaving my head or affixing spikes to my temples with any kind of riveting machine or glue. The closest I’ve come to that is what I did two weeks ago, and let’s just say that I went from having hair that touched my lower back to … well, this:
Note: No, before you ask, I am not Anne Hathaway.
Are you guys liking—or at the very least, able to tolerate—Avril’s new look?
June 12, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
Hey, Avril! How’s it going, girl? Still making shitty music? Still looking all like Bat Boy and stuff? Good for you. Awesome to see that no matter what the year is, some things never change, or go out of style for you. I love what you’ve done with your hair. And your clothes, and your makeup. Wait, what’s that? You haven’t done anything with your hair or your makeup or your clothes since when? 2002? Oh, OK. Well, hey. Gotta stick with what works, right?
One thing that I can always count on is you – being just the way you are and reminding me of the summer of ’02. Back when I was a mere nineteen years old. Thanks so much for making me feel so young and carefree, girlfriend. It really is good to know that you haven’t changed one (thing about yourself or your music or your face or your style or your boyfriends or your posse or your your your your your your your even a little) bit.
Oh, and do you guys love the new video and song? Do you?
March 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Sigh. Another season, another Avril-and-Deryck sighting. These exes can’t get enough of each other, huh.
Look, I ‘get’ that these two are still close friends. I get that they were only dining at ritzy Italian eatery Madeo on Thursday night because they are such good palsies. I get that they were celebrating Whibley‘s recent Grammy nomination (look harder; Sum 41 is in there somewhere). I get that, one year after their divorce, they are naturally buddies, because both their names are totally impossible when it comes to my spellcheck’s autocorrect, and people with weird names have to band together or something. (Kind of like how very tall people pair off, that whole phenomenon.)
But man, every time these two are seen together, I just feel so wistful for them. See that photo, up top? Doesn’t Avril look like she has to pee? That’s how I look, too, anytime I’m feeling wistful.
You know who probably feels super-wistful? Brody Jenner, that’s who.
(Image via the Daily Mail.)