Before she became the anti-Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne was your average Canadian kid, getting in fights in the hockey rink, making extra cash as a lawn landscaper and teaching herself how to play guitar. Her first manager discovered her singing at 14 in a bookstore. At 15, she won the chance to sing a duet with Shania Twain at one of her stadium shows in a radio contest. By 16, she was signed to a $1.25 million contract by L.A. Reid, had dropped out of high school and moved to New York to record. Although she was first imagined as a country star, pop punk rock would become her signature sound and it was masterfully showcased on her 2002 debut Let Go, which included singles “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi,” sold more than 13 million copies and earned her five Grammy nods. She released her sophomore effort, Under My Skin, in 2004, the same year that she took her relationship with Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley. They were engaged a year later in Venice, married in July 2006 in Montecito, Calif., and filed for divorced in 2009. He still worked with her on fourth album Pink Crust. Lavigne has occasionally acted as well. She voiced an opossum in “Over The Hedge” and made her feature debut in 2006’s “Fast Food Nation.” Following two years as “Hills” star Brody Jenner’s “Girlfriend,” she was swept off her feet and down the aisle by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who proposed after a six-month courtship. They married in July 2013.
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Bar BrawlersAvril Lavigne and Brody Jenner get in a bar fight, plus more news in The Shortlist.
Scholarly TweetsEmma Watson tweets about school, Snooki shows off her skinny bod and more celeb TwitPics!
Hottest Trends?From animal print to leather skirts, vote on if you would wear the hottest trends right now!
Fashion ChopsWatch as Avril Lavigne talks to Wonderwall's Lisa Ingrassia about music, her new fashion line and much more!
Model DessertBar Refaeli eats froyo, Justin Bieber hangs with his sister and more celeb twitpics!
Sexy TomboyKristen Stewart trades her hoodie for a retro bikini in GQ. Plus, more fashionable famous tomboys ...
Meaty MischiefJustin Theroux's motorcycle is full of balogna -- literally. Plus, more celeb news in the Shortlist.
Fashion WeekFrom Beyonce to Heidi Klum and the Olsen twins, see which of your favorite celebs are hitting up Fashion Week.
Runway DebutThe Kardashian klan watches little sis' Kylie's catwalk premiere at Avril Lavigne's Fashion Week show.
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