Avril Lavigne celebrated a year of love with her new boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.
The Girlfriend hitmaker, who is rumoured to be dating billionaire heir Phillip Sarofim, has reluctantly revealed her new loved-up status without confirming her man’s identity.
“I’ve dated a couple people over the last few years, but obviously I don’t really wanna talk about it,” she told USA Today of her new beau. “Actually, it’s our one-year anniversary (on) Valentine’s Day.”
The 34-year-old Canadian divorcee has been married twice, calling it quits with Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in 2010 and separating from her second spouse, Nickelback rocker Chad Kroeger, in 2015.
Although she is now happily coupled up in a new relationship, Lavigne is still on good terms with her exes and considers them family.
“They’re just good people,” she says of Whibley and Kroeger. “We had marriages, we lived together, I knew their families, they knew mine, we just stayed close and there’s a mutual respect.”
Lavigne even teamed up with Kroeger for her new album, Head Above Water.
“Chad, in particular, we’re actually really close, because that was a more recent relationship,” she explains. “He was with me through a lot and is a really protective person in my life. He’s still like family. I didn’t know that it would be that way, and I’m really glad it is because we were friends and we made music together. We’ve just kept the friendship and continued having a working relationship, as well.”
Lavigne wrote Head Above Water while she was battling lyme disease and Chad became a major supporter for the record by offering up sessions at his recording studio, as well as lending his vocals to the title track.
“He was a really great soundboard,” she shares. “I would call him and send him songs to get his opinion, and if I was ever stuck on something, he’d help me out, which is super cool … I’d play him songs on FaceTime and he’d be like, ‘I’m so proud of you, you did such a good job’. So he just cares about me and wants to see me do well, which is really nice.”
Lavigne’s sixth studio album Head Above Water was released in the U.S. on Friday.