Singer Avril Lavigne, 37, is back with her 7th studio album, “Love Sux”!
“Extra’s” Rachel Lindsay spoke with Lavigne, who opened up about writing about love, as well as her relationship with boyfriend Mod Sun.
Twenty years ago, Lavigne became a superstar with her hit song “Complicated.” Now she’s back with her new song “Bite Me”.
About her musical journey, Avril said, “It’s awesome…it’s who I am. I have been singing since I was about 5 years old. I released my first album when I was 17. I’m just happy to be here…I’m having the best time of my life.
As for the inspiration behind “Love Sux,” Lavigne said, “When I started this record, I was in that place where I was like, ‘I’m taking a break from relationships, like, I need a hot minute. I’m just gonna focus on myself, I’m just gonna do myself. It didn’t last very long, about two days literally… Relationships aren’t easy and love does crazy things to us, and I’m just talking about that. I talk about it in all these songs.
While love can be heartbreaking, Avril writes the songs with “a sense of humor” and wants to “keep them light because that’s life.”
She noted, “Relationships are not easy. But at the same time, I love love and I want to be in a happy, long-term relationship.
Avril is “in a really good place” with her beau, who is a collaborator on “Love Sux.”
In addition to working with Mod Sun, Lavigne has also tapped into “nice people” like Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker on her new album.
Avril shared, “Travis played with me a lot. I’m like, ‘I feel like we’re in a band together, that’s so much fun!’ throughout my career and I have always envied bands.
Lavigne is set to headline the highly anticipated “When We Were Young” festival this fall. She said, “During my shows I see all ages and I’ve met new artists and they’ve told me my music has inspired them and they’ve listened to me grow and it’s so crazy. This is so cool.”
One of these young artists is… Olivia Rodrigo! In addition to calling it “amazing” to have the “good 4 u” singer as a fan, Avril commented, “I look at someone like Olivia, and I’m like, I kind of see myself in her. She is so young and writes about the things she goes through and everything is so important and so intense, the emotions, your firsts and everything.
Along with praising Rodrigo for “killing him,” Lavigne said, “I love seeing women telling their stories and really diving deep into songwriting like that, and then I feel like the people really connect with this reality and this rawness.
Fans of all ages still can’t get enough of her hit “Sk8er Boi,” and now Lavigne is bringing that song to the big screen!
Avril explained, “I’m just producing, developing and supervising the whole project, choosing the writers and directors and going through the whole process with them. I’m so excited to learn too, like, I’ve always wanted to be involved in, like, filmmaking. I’ve been acting and stuff like that, like, I’m not gonna star in that or anything, but, like, I love this industry too and so it’s gonna be so much fun. And then I’m gonna reach out to all my friends and say, ‘Yo, Mark Hoppus from Blink 182, come be a teacher, Tony Hawk, come play Skater Dad!’ »
The film will contain “elements” of her life, such as the car she drove and part of her wardrobe. Discussing the plot of the movie, she shared, “The story of ‘Sk8er Boi’ came from my high school experience. I was skateboarding and really only liked guys who were skateboarders. I was like, ‘Oh, he’s cool, he’s got skate shoes on.’ I would do a double take. No lies. That’s where the song comes from. But, like, it’s about all the different groups in high school, the preps, the jocks, the skaters, the this, the that, and just, like, this dynamic, and it’s, like, a love triangle. There’s the skater boy, the skater girl, and the preppy girl, and it’s really kind of a missed opportunity for love. There’s so many different places we can take the movie and it’s going to have, like, it’s important to have a good message for me.
When Rachel suggested Avril perform “Love Sux” at a rose ceremony on “The Bachelor,” she joked, “That would be so awesome. I would do it!”
Avril had an idea on the spot, saying, “That should totally be the music video! I should totally film it in the ‘Bachelor’ mansion and there’s nothing but roses all over me.
“Love Sux” is available now.