Lavigne was first spotted with Sarofim on a dinner date in L.A. earlier this year

By Melody Chiu
May 31, 2018 03:24 PM
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Avril Lavigne has been stepping out for dinner dates with her new billionaire heir boyfriend Phillip Sarofim, but for several years the “Complicated” singer chose to stay very low-key.

After being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014, the star stepped away from the spotlight to recover from the illness and “purposely lived a quiet life,” a source tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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For all the details on Avril Lavigne’s life now and her new romance, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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Now after two difficult divorces (she was previously wed to Chad Kroeger and Deryck Whibley), Lavigne, 33, is giving love another shot with Sarofim, 32, the son of Egyptian-American billionaire investor Fayez Sarofim.

Avril Lavigne is seen leaving with her boyfriend at Madeo Ristorante in West Hollywood
Phillip Sarofim and Avril Lavigne
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The duo — who were first spotted at dinner together in March at L.A. hot spot Madeo — reportedly met through friends and have been dating for a few months.

Lavigne is also gearing up to release her first album in five years sometime this year and is ready to return to center stage. “I have my life back, which is amazing,” she told ET in April.