Avril Lavigne and her husband of only three years, Deryck Whibley of the band Sum 41, have confirmed that they’ve separated.
They announced the split just this past week after both had been noticeably absent from the other’s side for several months. Avril wrote on her website this weekend: “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.” Avril also hints that age might have been a factor in the break-up, pointing out that they became friends when she was 17, started dating when she was 19, and married when she was 21.
It was revealed in People magazine that the marriage troubles started about six months ago but that they didn’t stem from Deryck wanting kids or because Avril wanted to date other people. The split is amicable and though the couple are no longer living together, the source says Deryck moved from their Bel Air house on his own and wasn’t kicked out.
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