Among the pair's rules were "no nightclubs" and "no drinking while apart"

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Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger’s marriage may have ended, but after tying the knot on Canada Day in 2013, they tried to make their relationship work despite their very busy careers.

“When you have something special, you can’t take it for granted and be careless with it,” Lavigne, 30, told PEOPLE later in 2013, before outlining a set of rules the pair used to make it work.

Those rules included:

A set schedule: “We don’t spend more than two weeks apart,” Lavigne said. That year, she traveled the world to see Kroeger as he toured with his band. Likewise, she added, “Chad’s been really supportive and coming out with me, which is awesome…I’ve never really had that before, and it makes it better.”

No drinking when apart: “We don’t drink when we’re apart,” said Kroeger, 40. “Ever. Even if we’re apart for weeks.”

No nightclubs: “We don’t want to go anywhere that you’re asking for trouble,” Kroeger explained. “I don’t want to be in Europe texting her, like ‘Where are you?’ This way we don’t have to worry about any of that stuff.”

Despite the sad end, the romance began with the best of intentions: “We don’t like the ‘D’ word,” Lavigne told PEOPLE in 2013.