After months of speculation and reports of a deeply troubled marriage, rocker Avril Lavigne has finally confirmed that she is calling it quits with husband Deryck Whibley.
Hollywood has been filled with rumors that the Canadian couple’s relationship has been on the rocks for quite sometime and now Lavigne, 25, has told her husband to ‘hit the curb’ from their fabulous $9.5 million Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles.
Avril released a statement on her blog Thursday confirming the breakup.
“Deryck and I have been together for 6 and a half years,” Lavigne writes. “We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21. I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship. 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. Thank you to all my family, friends and fans for all your support.”
According to insiders Whibley, 29, is reportedly ‘crushed’ that the marriage is over but he must also be ‘distraught’ that he is no longer living at the stunning mansion which was previously owned by fellow rocker Travis Barker.
Lavigne splashed-out $9.5 million to purchase the 12,184 sq ft Tuscan style mansion in the gated Bel Air community in 2007.
The three story mansion on Stratford Circle boasts eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, an elevator, office, high tech kitchen, 10 car garage, steam room, spa, landscaped gardens and outdoor swimming pool.
The ultimate Rock’N’Roll home was used to film the MTV series Meet The Barkers which starred Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler.
Lavigne and Whibley exchanged vows before 110 guests during a non-denominational ceremony at a private estate in Montecito, California, back in July 2006.
She wore a traditional Vera Wang dress, carried a bouquet of white roses and was escorted down the aisle to the strains of Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’ by her father John.