Singer Avril Lavigne says she likes "a classy man, a gentleman"

She may not dress the part, but punk princess Avril Lavigne is really an old-fashioned girl – when it comes to relationships.

Does beau, Brody Jenner fit that bill? Lavigne tells the November issue of Maxim, on sale Oct. 12, “I like a classy man, a gentleman who opens the door and gives flowers and always puts the lady first. I’m a little old-fashioned like that.”

The singer, 26, who recently divorced Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 30, is ready to release a new album, which she admits is inspired by her personal life but, “is the first that is not boy bashing.”

Not that her life is drama-free. A regular target of the paparazzi, Lavigne has been snapped leaving nightclubs with Jenner, something she says she rarely does.

“The only time I really ever get photographed is if I decide to go out with my friends to a bar or club, so … it kind of looks like I do that more than I do, ” she says, “The majority of the time I stay in.”

Lavigne does take tabloid reporting in stride saying, “You can only laugh at it and roll your eyes because it’s like, “Really?” They usually just pull that stuff out of their ass, but I think people know that.”

When asked how she stays out of trouble amidst some of the notable teen star meltdowns, the Canadian native credits her roots, “I got here on my own. I came from a small town and grew up in a regular home. I know what I’ve worked hard for. I’ve seen a lot of people who have gone a little crazy and who are really into the Hollywood scene. I don’t really like to hang out with people like that.