Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley confirm separation

Avril Lavigne holds hubby Deryck Whibleys hand as they leave El Cid nightclub where they helped Riley Keough celebrate her birthday
Canadian musicians Avril Lavigne, 24, and Deryck Whibley, 29, have officially announced their separation after three years of marriage. We’ve been hearing rumors of problems in their relationship for months if not years and US Weekly came out with the “imminent split” news yesterday. Rather than drag it out, Avril released a statement on her website that pretty much chalks it up to the fact that he’s the only serious boyfriend she’s ever had. Rumor has it that things didn’t work out because Deryck wants a family and kids while Avril still acts like a kid.

Life’s going to be a little less complicated for Avril Lavigne.

After months of facing rumors about trouble in their marriage, the pop star and husband Deryck Whibley announced Thursday that they are separating on good terms.

“Deryck and I have been together for 6-an-a-half years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21,” Lavigne, 24, writes on her Web site. “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.”

She adds: “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.”

In a message on the MySpace page for his band Sum 41, Whibley also posted a message about the split. “The past 6 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,” reads the note. “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. Thanks to all our family, friends and fans for all the support.”

Whibley, 29, and Lavigne, who are both from Canada, tied the knot in July 2006 at a private estate in Montecito, Calif. But save for one appearance together last month, the pair had been living apart for some time.

“They really want the best for each other,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They’re handling everything as amicably as possible.” In fact, says the source, Whibley produced much of Avril’s upcoming album.

[From People]

These two got married young and one of them has the mentality and fashion sense of an immature 16 year-old, so I guess it’s not surprising that their marriage failed. It sounds like Whibley and Avril are keeping it classy, and I don’t know much about him but he could be a decent guy despite picking Avril for a mate and looking incredibly douchey. Avril might realize what she gave up at some point, or maybe she’ll remain the clueless stuck up person that she comes across as in interviews. In March, 2007, Avril gave an interview to now-defunct Jane Magazine in which she said her relationship with Deryck was strong and that “I know how much I mean to him, and… I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to him.” After all is said and done, I wonder if she still feels the same way and if there was ever a point in their marriage when he agreed with her.

Avril Lavigne holds hubby Deryck Whibleys hand as they leave El Cid nightclub where they helped Riley Keough celebrate her birthday

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  1. Roma says:

    There have also been a lot of rumours as of late that she’s gay… it’ll be interesting to see what her dating preferences are now that they’ve officially split.

  2. Jazz says:

    Colour me not surprised!

  3. ash says:

    her shoes are ridiculous.

  4. Jeane says:

    “…and one of them has the mentality and fashion sense of an immature 16 year-old”

    Actually, they seem to have that in common. WTF is the deal with his hair?

  5. Firestarter says:

    Eh, maybe I am feeling nice today, but it is kind of sad that they are splitting up. Terrible to have only given your marriage 3 years to work, but those are the perils of getting hitched at such a young age. I actually feel sorry for Whibley, who seemed very fond of her and I read that he is particularly saddened by the split.

  6. Michelle says:

    Does no one discuss things like wanting to start a family and having kids and whatnot before getting married?

    Really not surprised either way. Once when on a vacation in Las Vegas, I actually saw Avril and Deryck- he was really nice to all the fans who came up and wanted pics or autographs, and she was a royal b*tch who refused to partake in any of it and stuck her nose in the air while simultaneously giving him the stink eye. After signing for about three kids she barked at him and he actually looked a bit embarassed before apologizing and then running off with Avril. It was pretty obvious who wore the pants in that relationship.

  7. Just a Poster says:

    Firestarter I agree. It is kinda sad. Why on earth I care, I don’t know, but I do find it very sad.

  8. Recondite says:

    They look like idiots who are in over their heads and make it up as they go along.

  9. Gabriela says:

    Ohhhh… now what about her pink world!
    ahhhhhhhhh 🙁

    of course i dont feel bad about her, she sucks! i can imagine her next album everythin gis gonna be black xDDD!
    shes soo pathetic!

  10. j9 says:

    i can remember when derek dated paris hilton…freaking weirdest couple ever. he obviously doesn’t have the best taste in woman but he seems like a decent enough guy, him and his band are pretty well liked here in canada. we just hate avril like the rest of the world.

  11. DummyDoldruMm says:

    maybe she needsa older guy likk muh ass. Mayb she needs some rope?

  12. DummyDoldruMm says:

    Call me Avril L. Imma keep a spycial piece muh heart now Baby….4yu till you call me.

  13. Valensi says:

    Maybe this’ll be like another Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson scenario.

    In that case, keep Avril away from John Mayer!

  14. zara says:

    poor whibley, he seems like a decent guy 🙁 love is blind i guess, heh

  15. Marly says:

    I don’t care for her, but I took my 12 year old daughter to see her in concert a few years back, and she really can sing very well.

  16. zap says:

    Deryck is a really decent guy , he gets a lot of shit from people because of his past and on-stage persona nut in reality he is one of the nicest most loyal people around . he is completely blameless in this break up , everybody could see how she has been acting for the last year , she just has had no respect for him or their marriage , and he put up with , and is still there for her a year later even though he has hated seeing her do what she has been doing .
    Avril she just has not grown up . and her personality is all over the place , one min she is nice and sweet , polite , and considerate , the next day she is a totally stuck up selfish bitch .
    There is something wrong with the wiring or maybe its what happens to all people who have huge success and fame at a young age , but something is a miss with her , talk to anybody who has worked with her .
    But still I am sad for them both , they were a couple that looked made for each other .
    Im glad you said “Avril might realize what she gave up at some point” and didn’t hate , and if so many people can say that maybe Avril will take a look at herself and grow up already

  17. avril_fan says:

    Omg.. You guys are all stupid ! So what if avril dresses the way she do ! They both have the same sense of style and I don’t think that’s the reason they are seperating ! And yes they’re young like some of you guys are saying , maybe she don’tfeel ready! Whatever the reasons are ! You guys need to stop blaming avril ! Or deryck !
    Atleast their dealing with it with mature!oh gosh?

  18. Emily says:

    avril_fan, I don’t think anyone who types like you do has the right to call anyone else stupid. Also, I think the whole not feeling ready thing should have occured to her before she got married.

  19. Lway says:

    I am dissapointed in Avril. 🙁