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10 February 2019
Avril Lavigne: “Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature”
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In a recent interview for Aargauer Zeitung, a Swiss German-language daily newspaper, Avril talks about growing up as an artist after her struggle with lyme disease

Good morning, Avril. You must have got up early.

Well, it’s just after 10 o’clock, that’s not necessarily very early now for me. I’m a total night owl though, like most of my friends. I worked on the new songs mostly late at night.

What does the new album mean to you?

Incredibly much. For me it marks a rebirth and the start of the second part of my career. “Sk8er Boi” was the beginning, the song dominated the sound of my music for almost 15 years. “Head Above Water” is really a new beginning, in every sense. I’ve been through a lot, grown up.

Months passed before the diagnosis was made, and the recovery took more than two years. What are you taking from this time?

I am happy and grateful that I am still alive and I am glad that I had my music because I often felt like it had given me life. As soon as I could get up, I dragged myself to my piano and poured my heart out.

You allegedly wrote the song “Head Above Water” when you thought you were dying.

Yes, one night I felt like I was suffocating and drowning. My mother laid in bed next to me and held me. Strangely enough, I somehow found my peace with death. I prayed to God that He would keep my head above water. That was the moment when I wanted to write songs for the first time in a long time.

How did you get back in gear?

Very slowly. When you’re there, you first realize how important and how big are the many little things in life. You think man, I would so much like to go to the kitchen and make me a coffee. For two years I was not able to do that. Or a dinner with a glass of wine. Visit friends. Just get in the car and go somewhere.

Did you then, piece by piece, regain your normal life?

No, it was ups and downs. And it still is. I have good days and days when I realize that I have to slow down. Right now I’m still not the old Superwoman. But I fight back, the glass is certainly half full and not half empty.

The Superwoman song on your album is called Warrior. In it you sing that you will win the battle and never give up.

Yes, I will not let it get me down. When life is hard and throws stones at you, when the whole world seems to collapse underneath you, then I know that the best thing is to keep calm, to breathe, and to let that moment of panic pass. I’m not just talking about my illness. This applies to all challenges in life.

You have built your career to be the professional youth, brash and cheeky skater brat for a long time. Is that over?

Yes, that is very true. Sure, I still have a very rock’n’roll side in me. And I still do childish things, like skating around the house. But the past few years have made a big contribution to me not being a little girl anymore. But an adult woman. Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature. And yet I do not want to take life too seriously.

Anyway, you won’t do pop punk. But rather, songs like “Crush” and “Goddess” go clearly towards soul and jazz.

Yes, you’re right. I did pop rock for 15 years. Everything has it’s time. Above all, I wanted to sing on this record, expressing my voice and my feelings.

Your voice has not been affected by the disease at all. You sing louder and more passionated than ever.

(laughs) Thank you. Yes, I have really given everything to these songs.

On the cover you are naked, covered only by a guitar. Why?

Because I completely bare myself in these songs. Without shame.

Is songwriting a form of therapy to you?

Without doubt. At home on the piano, on the guitar, while writing, I feel the happiest and also the healthiest. And when I finally got to work in the studio again, that was a milestone for me and I hope the new songs will encourage other people and help them through difficult times.

What is the latest single “Tell Me It’s Over” about?

A relationship that comes to an end, even though you really have no interest in ending it.

You were married twice, to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, and then Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger. Have you learned from this experience?

God! Yes, of course. You can not let go and hold tight, even though you know that does not do you any good. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is so intense that you have to slam the door.

Are you in the mood for a new relationship right now? Are you even with someone?

I do not want to reveal that. Love is always very, very important to me. My love life is to stay private, maybe someday I’ll tell you more about it, but I prefer not to.

One of the songs is called “I Fell In Love With The Devil”. Who is the devil you fell in love with?

I’ll never, never betray! (laughs loudly) But it was fierce and I was really scared. I was still weakened and already so vulnerable and fearful and insecure at the time. Then he came. That was what they call a “toxic relationship,” and the only good thing is that it did not take long. I was out of there fast, literally stormed. And as it often happens with me, a song evolved from the experience.

The most cheerful song on the record is “Dumb Blonde”. But there’s a message in it, right?

Oh man! Indeed. I went out with a woman-hater, no a joke, and he said to me, “You’re just a dumb blonde.” I thought: Thank you, idiot, another song idea. “Dumb Blonde” is about the guys who can not deal with strong, independent and self-confident women. They just want to shut you down because of their own insecurities and their complexes. But the fact is, every man should be happy when the woman is at eye level. I don’t understand that. I also do not want a guy in my life whom I feel superior to and whom I also have to raise. No idea! Men are sometimes a mystery to me. All I know is that I love people, whether women or men, who have an opinion and stand up for their own convictions.

What does the new album mean to you?

Incredibly much. For me it marks a rebirth and the start of the second part of my career. “Sk8er Boi” was the beginning, the song dominated the sound of my music for almost 15 years. “Head Above Water” is really a new beginning, in every sense. I’ve been through a lot, grown up.

Months passed before the diagnosis was made, and the recovery took more than two years. What are you taking from this time?

I am happy and grateful that I am still alive and I am glad that I had my music because I often felt like it had given me life. As soon as I could get up, I dragged myself to my piano and poured my heart out.

You allegedly wrote the song “Head Above Water” when you thought you were dying.

Yes, one night I felt like I was suffocating and drowning. My mother laid in bed next to me and held me. Strangely enough, I somehow found my peace with death. I prayed to God that He would keep my head above water. That was the moment when I wanted to write songs for the first time in a long time.

How did you get back in gear?

Very slowly. When you’re there, you first realize how important and how big are the many little things in life. You think man, I would so much like to go to the kitchen and make me a coffee. For two years I was not able to do that. Or a dinner with a glass of wine. Visit friends. Just get in the car and go somewhere.

Did you then, piece by piece, regain your normal life?

No, it was ups and downs. And it still is. I have good days and days when I realize that I have to slow down. Right now I’m still not the old Superwoman. But I fight back, the glass is certainly half full and not half empty.

The Superwoman song on your album is called Warrior. In it you sing that you will win the battle and never give up.

Yes, I will not let it get me down. When life is hard and throws stones at you, when the whole world seems to collapse underneath you, then I know that the best thing is to keep calm, to breathe, and to let that moment of panic pass. I’m not just talking about my illness. This applies to all challenges in life.

You have built your career to be the professional youth, brash and cheeky skater brat for a long time. Is that over?

Yes, that is very true. Sure, I still have a very rock’n’roll side in me. And I still do childish things, like skating around the house. But the past few years have made a big contribution to me not being a little girl anymore. But an adult woman. Sometimes serious things happen that will make you mature. And yet I do not want to take life too seriously.

Anyway, you won’t do pop punk. But rather, songs like “Crush” and “Goddess” go clearly towards soul and jazz.

Yes, you’re right. I did pop rock for 15 years. Everything has it’s time. Above all, I wanted to sing on this record, expressing my voice and my feelings.

Your voice has not been affected by the disease at all. You sing louder and more passionated than ever.

(laughs) Thank you. Yes, I have really given everything to these songs.

On the cover you are naked, covered only by a guitar. Why?

Because I completely bare myself in these songs. Without shame.

Is songwriting a form of therapy to you?

Without a doubt. At home on the piano, on the guitar, while writing, I feel the happiest and also the healthiest. And when I finally got to work in the studio again, that was a milestone for me and I hope the new songs will encourage other people and help them through difficult times.

What is the latest single “Tell Me It’s Over” about?

A relationship that comes to an end, even though you really have no interest in ending it.

You were married twice, to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, and then Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger. Have you learned from this experience?

God! Yes, of course. You can not let go and hold tight, even though you know that does not do you any good. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is so intense that you have to slam the door.

Are you in the mood for a new relationship right now? Are you even with someone?

I do not want to reveal that. Love is always very, very important to me. My love life is to stay private, maybe someday I’ll tell you more about it, but I prefer not to.

One of the songs is called “I Fell In Love With The Devil”. Who is the devil you fell in love with?

I’ll never, never betray! (laughs loudly) But it was fierce and I was really scared. I was still weakened and already so vulnerable and fearful and insecure at the time. Then he came. That was what they call a “toxic relationship,” and the only good thing is that it did not take long. I was out of there fast, literally stormed. And as it often happens with me, a song evolved from the experience.

The most cheerful song on the record is “Dumb Blonde”. But there’s a message in it, right?

Oh man! Indeed. I went out with a woman-hater, no a joke, and he said to me, “You’re just a dumb blonde.” I thought: Thank you, idiot, another song idea. “Dumb Blonde” is about the guys who can not deal with strong, independent and self-confident women. They just want to shut you down because of their own insecurities and their complexes. But the fact is, every man should be happy when the woman as well. I don’t understand it. I don’t want a guy in my life whom I feel superior to either and whom I also have to raise. No way! Men are a mystery to me sometimes. All I know is that I love people, whether women or men, who have an opinion and stand up for their own convictions.

Did you scourge him?

(laughs) I think this song will be enough for him.

Original interview


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