Avril Lavigne: Inside Her Life
Even though she's in the middle of her lengthy Bonez World Tour, Avril Lavigne, 20, still found time to get engaged to her boyfriend, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, in June. "It's always go, go, go," she admits. No wonder she's watching the clock at a cocktail party in Las Vegas hosted by record exec Clive Davis (on Sept. 14).
Ontario natives and longtime pals Lavigne and Whibley (in West Hollywood on June 28), who live together in Santa Monica, Calif., started dating last summer. Whibley proposed in Venice, Italy, as Lavigne wrapped up the European leg of her tour. No wedding date has been announced, but Lavigne will be busy touring North and South America through September.
Lavigne and Whibley slow down during a visit to Rome shortly after they became romantically involved last June. Their tourist stops included The Colosseum and St. Peter's Square, all under the watchful eye of a bodyguard.
The singer shows off her playful side, wearing a makeshift headdress during a Tonight Show with Jay Leno performance last year to promote her album Under My Skin, which went double-platinum in November.
THE MIDDLE CHILD
"When I was little, I'd watch an award show on TV and be like, 'I'm going to do that,'" says Lavigne (with older brother Matthew and younger sister Michelle at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last year). She got her wish: She walked away with the best pop rock trophy at the World Music Awards in September.
It's a mutual admiration society for Lavigne and Alicia Keys backstage at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 8. The chatfest took place during rehearsals for the Fashion Rocks concert, an all-star extravaganza in celebration of New York City's Fashion Week.
Need a cart, Avril? The singer goes on a DVD-buying spree during a trip to a Sydney, Australia, store last summer. Among her purchases: the Julia Roberts weeper Stepmom, Wayne's World 2 and – gasp! – Britney Spears's film Crossroads.
"I say whatever I feel like saying and do whatever I feel like doing at the time," says Lavigne (rehearsing for the Fashion Rocks concert on Sept. 7 at Radio City Music Hall). "I don't have regrets."
HER POOL MAN
Lavigne and Whibley canoodle poolside at the ritzy Beverly Hills Hotel last year. The tabloids stirred up rumors of the couple's engagement when Lavigne was spotted showing off a large diamond ring to pals in September, but Whibley's reps denied it at the time.
Courtney Love leaves her mark on Lavigne backstage at the 2004 World Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sept. 15. Lavigne cancelled a flight back to Los Angeles "to hang out and party with (rockers) Hoobastank" after winning best pop rocker honors.
Though Lavigne has said, "I don't go around trying to sell sex like a lot of artists do," she shows off a sultrier side as Maxim's cover girl at a party for the men's magazine's October issue (in New York on Sept. 9).
"People think I'm this angry person and I'm not," says Lavigne, living it up with pals (including Whibley, second from left) at a soiree for the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last year. The "Complicated" singer walked away with the people's choice award for favorite Canadian artist at the music channel's yearly event.