Michael Skupin is ready to talk.
The ex-contestant said in a statement:
The 54-year-old explained that he's turning to religion following his arrest, adding:
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Avril Lavigne's latest single may be called Here's To Never Growing Up, but apparently, the Canadian songstress has spent the better part of the last few years doing just that…and it seems to be doing wonders for her personal life AND career!
In the June/July issue of Nylon magazine, she not only discusses what to expect from her soon-to-be-released fifth studio album, but her unplanned romance with fiance Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, past troubles over creative freedom with record labels, and her incredibly close friendship with former X Factor judge L.A. Reid!
On her last album, Goodbye Lullaby:
"I just wanted to write songs and make something that was a little more artistic. I wanted to go down that road. I wasn't trying to write a big radio record. I was trying to do something on that record, but I didn't have the support from my label. There was a lot of back and forth, a lot of arguing about certain styles and songwriters. There was drama. I had so many challenges all around with the entire experience of that record, based on people on the business end. The shows were the strongest I've ever done, and that felt really good. The support of the fan base, no matter what…it's crazy. I had exhausted myself in several ways, and I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go moving forward."
On starting out in the industry L.A. Reid, and then moving to his new label, Epic:
"[The studio producers] kind of assumed people would give me music, and I was like, 'No, I have to write my own songs.' They were looking at me as if I was this little kid, like, 'How is she going to write about music?' The best part about L.A. is that he listened to me. He let me do what I needed to do. When I was going through that bullsh-t on my last record, he came to my house, and we weren't even working together. We sat down, and talked, and I played him some songs. He was there for me. How cool is that? No one does that sh-t. And when he called and said, 'We're back together again!' it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. From that moment on, I felt re-inspired. I ended my tour in late February last year and went right into the studio a week later."
On falling in love with Chad Kroeger:
"He does what I do - he's a rocker, he plays guitar, he's onstage every night, he writes songs. We were having a real good time. We hit it off first as writing partners, then friends, and we started dating last summer. He's nice, and real, and kind. For me, it's about having a connection on a deeper level. Be romantic!"
On growing up and finding balance:
"I wasn't the girl baring her midriff with backup dancers and a headset microphone. I came out and had a lot to say with my lyrics, and I played the guitar. I had a completely different getup, stage presence, everything. I'm so transparent. If I'm not being myself, I won't do well, and that goes for writing songs, work, relationships, everything. And if I'm not happy, people are going to know that. I've learned to be calm and take it all in. I like to be silly and goof off, especially when things are supposed to be serious. Too much of anything can't be good for you. You know how if you have your favorite food every day, you'll get sick of it? Well, I just discovered balance. And now I know that I've got to have some."
It certainly sounds like the last few years have been a challenge for her, but things have slowly fallen into place, personally and professionally, and she's really come into her own as a young woman!
We cannot WAIT to hear how this influences the tunes on her new album!
How about U? Are U looking forward to the next phase of Avril Lavigne?!