RadarOnline.com has confirmed that Avril Lavigne has filed for divorce from estranged husband Deryck Whibley. The singer cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
“Deryck and I have been together for 6 and a half years,” Lavigne wrote on her blog after the news broke. “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 Lavigne’s filing, they couple separated on September 4. She is also requesting that the court terminate Whibley’s right to be awarded spousal support. In 2007 Lavigne plunked down $9.5 million for their 12,184 square foot Tuscan-style retreat in Bel Air.