Not so long ago, Canadian punk-pop queen Avril Lavigne was a red-carpet regular, but her life in the spotlight hit a red light back in 2016. Having been forced to suspend her stardom due to circumstances beyond her control, the “Complicated” girl disappeared from the public gaze for two years. However, in April 2018 a very special event saw Lavigne step back out in style – and it seemed that the 33-year-old’s punk-rock persona was a thing of the past.
Born in the small city of Belleville in September 1984, and raised in Ontario, Lavigne’s career had started long before her red-carpet days. She released her smash-hit debut album Let Go in 2002 when she was just 17 years old. And the singles from the album, such as “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m With You,” caught on with the music-loving masses big time.
Nevertheless, there was more to the teenage Lavigne, and she did not just present herself as the average mainstream pop star. Instead, she took on a skate-punk style that struck a chord with the kids and led the Canadian to be called the “Pop-Punk Queen.” But there was a difference to her sound too, and her music pushed open the door for other women with a passion for punk-pop.