Born in Ontario, Canada on September 27 1984, Avril Lavigne first hit the public consciousness in 2002, with the release of her “Let Go” album. It was a huge success; topping the UK charts and hitting number two in the US.
That album went on to see her win MTV's VMA 'Best New Artist' award and four Juno Awards in 2002, and achieve five Grammy nominations in 2003. In truth though, her success came as little surprise to many in the music industry.
A two-year-old Avril first sang in public at her mother's side in church. With her talent clearly recognized, she went on to sing in the choir, teach herself guitar and was already focused on her career heading into high school.
Through school, she would start to write her own songs and perform at local talent shows. It was at one of these, in the humble surrounds of a book store, that she was spotted by Cliff Fabri, who offered her a professional contract almost outright.
From here her talent blossomed, culminating in a move to Los Angeles and a contract with Arista Records. Her second and third albums “Under My Skin” and “The Best Damn Thing” went on to be even more successful than her first.
From the beginning it became clear she was in control of her life and career as she attracted a reputation for speaking her mind and confronting anyone disparaging her. At times though, her demeanour got her in trouble, notably with Hilary Duff. It wouldn't worry her.
Other aspects of her life have similarly been dealt with in a largely no nonsense style, from plagiarism cases to relationship gossip. Married to Deryck Whibley for little over a year, they are still close friends, with him still producing many of her tracks.
Presently dating Jenner Brody, very happily though rumoours abound, she also has aspirations to act and has her own a fashion and fragrance lines. Also with her own charitable foundation providing seriously ill children with “Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength” (ROCKS), Avril Lavigne is giving a Happy Ending to many.