Avril Lavigne: I’m a ‘Quiet, Calm, Sit-in-the-Corner’ Kind of Person
Last summer, Avril Lavigne took a break from the spotlight. She moved to Paris to study French full time, a decision she described as “good for my spirit.”
“When you’re in L.A., people are watching for musicians and actors,” the singer told Parade.com. “But in France, people aren’t really expecting that. So I was able to just get around and hide (I’m very short!). I could kind of just do my thing. I was by myself, I wasn’t working, and it was free time… I felt like a little girl again.”
Of course, Lavigne, 29, is anything but a little girl. She’s enjoying married life with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, and today, she released her fifth studio album, a self-titled medley of nostalgic teen anthems, some edgier adult tracks, including one racy collaboration with Marilyn Manson, and a melancholy power ballad duet, “Let Me Go,” with her new husband.
The night before her new album dropped, Lavigne chatted with Parade.com about bonding over music with Chad, being shy in an extroverted industry, and her surprising affection for Frank Sinatra.
How would you describe your new album?
“It’s very me. It’s a good thing I’m saying that because it is self-titled! I think it is very diverse. There’s a lot of different styles on there. There’s ballads, pop songs, rock songs, summer songs. It’s nostalgic. There’s one electronic tune. I couldn’t really find one word to really sum it up. And then visually, from a creative [stand]point, the album cover’s a head shot. That looked better than just a name, so that kind of made sense.”