Avril Lavigne Sounds Off on Topless Protester Who Stormed the Juno Awards Stage: 'Get the F--- Off'
Avril Lavigne doesn't want anyone stealing her stage time.
While the pop-punk star was presenting Indo-Canadian musician AP Dhillon's performance at the 2023 Juno Awards on Monday, a topless woman invaded the stage to protest a proposed development project in Ontario, Canada — and Lavigne wasn't having it.
The "Complicated" singer attempted to continue delivering her lines as the protester — wearing pink pants, nipple pasties and messages including "Save the Greenbelt" and "Land Back" written on her body in black ink — walked around the stage.
"Get the f--- off," Lavigne, 38, eventually told the woman as security worked to remove her from the stage. "Get the f--- off, bitch."
🚨 | Topless Woman Invades the Juno Awards Stage, while Avril Lavigne introduces a performer. #JUNOAwardspic.twitter.com/PWEzyF8vQy
— Avril Lavigne News (@AvrilNewsFans) March 14, 2023
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According to CTV News Toronto, the woman was protesting the Ontario government's recent move to start construction to build around 50,000 new homes on 7,400 acres of formerly protected Greenbelt land by 2025.
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Later in the ceremony, hosted by Simu Liu and held at Rogers Place, Lavigne returned to the stage to accept the TikTok Juno fan choice award and addressed the incident. "Now, nobody try anything this time or the Canadian will come out of me, and I'll f--- a bitch up," said the Grammy-nominated artist.
Liu, 33, who performed a medley of Lavigne's hits earlier in the evening, later came to the stage and complimented the "Bite Me" performer for "handling that topless lady like a champion."
Thanks to my amazing fans for voting for the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award. This is my 10th Juno Award and 4th Fan Choice Award. Let’s keep rocking and cheers to the next 20 years!
P.S. - “Get the fuck off bitch!” @TheJUNOAwards @TikTokCanada pic.twitter.com/tlhPyD9hw9
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) March 14, 2023
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Following the ceremony, Lavigne poked fun at the stage invasion while expressing appreciation for her fans on Twitter. "Thanks to my amazing fans for voting for the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award. This is my 10th Juno Award and 4th Fan Choice Award," wrote the artist. "Let's keep rocking and cheers to the next 20 years! P.S. - 'Get the f--- off bitch!'"
Last week, she and Tyga went public with their relationship during Paris Fashion Week. The pair attended shows together and shared a kiss outside the Mugler X Hunter Schafer party — less than a month after an insider told PEOPLE that Lavigne and her fiancé Mod Sun had called off their engagement.
"Avril and Mod Sun have been on and off for the past two months, but are no longer together as a couple," the insider said at the time.