Twenty years after she burst onto the scene with her debut album, Let Go, her music is as spiky and direct as ever.
Exes and foes are dispatched with vituperative glee. “Don’t hold your breath / ‘Cause you’re still choking on your words,” she snarls on the recent single, Bite Me. In case her feelings aren’t clear, another new song makes it simple: “When I think of you, I just want to throw up”.
The song’s called Love Sux, and it’s the title track of Lavigne’s seventh album, written (although she won’t confirm this) after a split with fellow musician Pete Jonas.
“When I wrote Love Sux, I was having a moment,” she says. “I was feeling really exhausted and jaded on love. I’d gone through a break-up and my feeling was like, ‘Ugh, not again,’ you know?
“Relationships aren’t easy – and I had time to reflect on the gnarly stuff I’ve been through.”
The star, who’s 37 now, was previously married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley. Despite the break-ups, they remain on good terms and she stresses that her more vindictive lyrics are written with a healthy dose of humour.
“At this point, it’s like, I just learn to laugh at these things, versus being upset by it and letting it get me down.”
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