Avril Lavigne, Deryck Whibley to Divorce

Avril Lavigne, Deryck Whibley
Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley on their wedding day in 2006. The couple have announced plans to divorce.

Singer Avril Lavigne has confirmed internet rumors about the state of her marriage to Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley.

In a blog posting on Thursday (Sept. 17) Lavigne wrote that despite splitting from Whibley the two would remain friends, “Deryck and I have been together for six-and-a-half years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21. I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.

“I admire Deryck and have a great amount of respect for him. He is the most amazing person I know, and I love him with all my heart. Deryck and I are separating and moving forward on a positive note.”

Fans and bloggers have been speculating on the state of the couple’s 3-year marriage for months, with the two rarely seen together in public.

Whibley is said to have taken the news of the breakup hard but in a blog posting of his own he says the decision to divorce was mutual, “The past six-and-a-half years have been the most amazing years of my life. It’s sad it has come to an end but Avril and I are still family and moving forward in the most positive way possible. Our decision to part ways is amicable and she holds a special place in my heart and forever will be a great and amazing friend.”

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