Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Moving on After Divorce: 'Of Course' I Still 'Believe in Love'
The pop star sings of finding love after heartache on her new album Head Above Water
Avril Lavigne hasn’t given up on her happy ending.
Despite two divorces, the pop-rock princess hasn’t given up on the institution of marriage.
“I believe in love,” the singer says in the new issue of PEOPLE, adding she would “of course” get married again — but, “I don’t really care so much about that; I just care about being in a healthy relationship and just being happy.”
And she is happy. On much of her new album Head Above Water (out now), the Grammy-nominated star sings of finding love after heartache.
On standout “Goddess,” she proclaims: “I was lost till you found me … You’re what I was hoping for, all I dreamed of and more.” Elsewhere, on “Love Me Insane,” Lavigne sings: “You picked up all the pieces and put ’em back again / You stitch and sew my heart up all by hand / I know a good thing when I see one / You know I didn’t see this comin’.”
As for the identity of her latest muse, for nearly a year Lavigne has been spotted with new boyfriend Phillip Sarofim, 33, the son of a Texas billionaire.
For more on Lavigne’s life today, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, available on newsstands everywhere now.
Yet the singer won’t confirm their relationship, saying, “I don’t want to talk about my dating life.” However, the two recently posed for photographs together at a Sundance Film Festival dinner on Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah.
Lavigne was first married to Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley, 38, before they split in 2009 after three years together. Then she and her second husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, 44, called it quits in 2015 after two years. But both splits were amicable, and Lavigne actually teamed up with Kroeger on her new Head Above Water track “Warrior.”
“Chad and I are super close,” she says. “I’m really grateful to have had someone like him in my life.”
In addition to heartbreak and romance, Lavigne’s new album is inspired by her debilitating battle with Lyme disease. The singer says she was bedridden for two years as she treated the illness with antibiotics and herbs. Still managing her Lyme disease today, “I’m feeling pretty good,” says Lavigne.
“It gave me a purpose,” she adds of her journey, “and made me find myself all over again.”
Lavigne’s sixth album, Head Above Water, is out now.