How a Breakup Song Brought Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Together
By Jon Wiederhorn
Photo: Jim Spellman
Photo: Jim Spellman
After the song was finished, Kroeger and Lavigne did the very opposite of letting go: They continued to work together, and soon they discovered their chemistry was more than musical.
"We started off [in March 2012] just getting to know each other, and then we really bonded through music," Lavigne said. "We became really good friends and then things blossomed. The effect was very natural." Lavigne and Kroeger became romantically involved in July 2012, and a month later they got engaged. The couple got married July 1, 2013 in the South of France.
Even after becoming a couple, the two continued to write and record together in the studio. By the time Lavigne finished her new, self-titled album – which comes out November 5 – Kroeger had co-written 10 of 13 songs, produced three, and co-produced a fourth. But when the couple looked back at the first song they did together, "Let Me Go," they decided the lyrical theme was no longer appropriate.
"After we were together we were both like, 'Okay, we're engaged and our duet together is a breakup song.'" Lavigne said. "It was kind of f---ed up. So we changed it. We rewrote the last chorus to put a twist on it so we end up together. Therefore the message of the song is more the journey of love through one's life. Obviously I've been in other relationships. So it's like going from one stage in one love into finding the right one. It's kind of sweet."
Anyone thinking Avril Lavigne is a serene record full of "sweet" love songs is in for a serious surprise. The album features sunny pop cuts, upbeat rockers, reflective ballads – and even a dark song, "Bad Girl," which includes guest vocals from Marilyn Manson. "I met Marilyn at his concert when I was 18," Lavigne said. "We hung out after his show, and then we were buds. We've kept in touch over the years, so when I was in the studio and I was working on this rock song, I thought of him. I called him up, and he came over and he liked it. And then he sang on it. It's one of my favorite songs. It's really cool. It's dark, provocative, and heavy. And it’s sort of sexual. So he seemed perfect for it."