Avril Lavigne and husband Chad Kroeger are divorcing after just more than one year of marriage, PEOPLE confirms.
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Rumors of a split had been swirling for months. Most recently, Kroeger was reportedly not present at Lavigne’s 30th birthday celebrations. She was also spotted out partying with friends sans her wedding ring on two occasions in August and September.
“She was sipping on white wine and seemed to be okay,” a source told PEOPLE of one September outing with friends. “But she was on her phone a lot.”
One factor that fueled reports was that Lavigne and Kroeger, 39, seemed to be breaking one of their own marriage rules: that they wouldn’t drink without each other.
“Ever – even if we’re apart for weeks,” the Nickelback rocker told PEOPLE last November, to which Lavigne added, “We want to protect what we have.”
The singers met in the studio working on one of Lavigne’s albums before Kroeger popped the question in August 2012. They tied the knot less than a year later, in July of 2013. For their first wedding anniversary, he gifted her a 17-carat sparkler.
• Reporting by TK