Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have decided to separate after two years of marriage. According to E!, Avril Lavigne opted to announce the news via her Instagram, cutting out a publicist and instead breaking the news on her own.
Lavigne posted a photo of the couple in happier times on their wedding date, with the following caption (which is acting like a public statement).
“It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we’ve created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support.”
For anyone that’s been following Lavigne and Kroger, this shouldn’t come to a huge shock. The rocker pair have been denying rumors that they were separating since July of 2013. Back in September of 2014, Us Weekly reported their marriage was over. A source close to the situation said, “It’s over.. he has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.”
Back then, E! said the the couple just had a lot of issues. “The main issue is this: When they met, they were in work mode. They were doing a collaboration and that’s where the attraction stemmed from. She was in the studio and he was producing her. She was also coming off some bad relationships where she didn’t really feel appreciated as an artist. She felt she and Chad connected on that level.”
Back then, it was said that Avril and Chad were both jealous of each other, and Avril wanted a family, while Chad was on the fence. Although these reports seemed pretty concrete back in 2014, Lavigne and Kroeger never confirmed or denied anything.
That said, Avril Lavigne had other pressing matters to tend to. Over the last year, she’s been recovering from Lyme disease. In an emotional interview, the singer opened up to Good Morning America‘s Jesse Palmer.
“I was in Los Angeles, and it was literally the worst time of my life. I was seeing every specialist, and literally like the top doctors… It was so stupid. They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ or ‘Why don’t you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ or ‘Are you depressed?’ “
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