Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger focused on careers, not kids - yet

Avril Lavigne. (C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com)

Avril Lavigne. (C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:19 PM ET

Avril Lavigne, soon to be 30? Say it aint so.

Yes, the pride of Napanee, Ont., who sings Here’s To Never Growing Up on her self-titled fifth album from last year, will hit the big 3-0 in September yet still looks like the teenage artist who broke big with her 2002 hit Complicated.

“I like to have fun, your (looks are) often a comment about your spirit and your heart,” said Lavigne on the phone recently from Texas where she was opening for Backstreet Boys.

“I feel young but yeah I’ve lived a lot,” she said in an exclusive interview with QMI Agency. “I’ve been doing this music career for over a decade and travelling non-stop. It’s kind of crazy. I don’t have a plan yet (for my 30th birthday) ... but I’m hoping for a big party.”

As for motherhood, Lavigne – who plays her only solo show in Canada at Casino Rama on Tuesday night – says it’s still a ways off.

“I’m really focused on my career at the moment,” she said. “Down the road, I would love to be a mom, just not right now.”

Otherwise, Lavigne has given birth to “a couple of new songs” while she was touring in Brazil but said it was too early to divulge the sound or direction or if she would reteam with second husband Chad Kroeger, who worked with her on her latest album.

“I don’t have a plan ‘cause we’re doing the tour and we’re talking about more tour dates so that’s kind of where my head is at but I have been writing, yeah,” she said.

Before Lavigne – who just did six weeks of touring in Asia and three weeks of touring in South America – gets on the line, her handler warns “no Deryck stuff or any of that.”

She is, of course, referring to Lavigne’s ex-husband and SUM 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 34, who recently posted pictures of himself in the hospital a drink away from death due to liver and kidney collapse.

Lavigne did tweet her support earlier, saying: ‘Spoke to @Sum41 Deryck today. I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck.’

Lavigne, who apparently has a thing for Canadian rock frontmen, ended up getting hitched to the Nickelback singer in July 2013 after the two of them worked together on Avril Lavigne.

“The experience was a lot of fun, really exciting,” she said of collaborating with Kroeger. “We got into the studio and we booked a week together and then it just turned into making the whole record together (she laughs). And then we started dating towards the end so it’s cool. Him being Canadian, we had a lot in common, and then both being travelling musicians.”

Still, Lavigne – who says coming home to play to a hometown crowd in Ontario is “exciting” – gets back more often that you might think to see her family.

“When I was a younger, like a teenager on the road, they’re not necessarily where your priorities are at,” she said. “But yeah, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized how closer I am to my family more than ever. That’s just a part of growing up and stuff like that. I've spent a lot of my time in Los Angeles and just really missed my family and was like, ‘You know what? I want to spend more time with them ‘cause they’re the people at the end of the day that are really there for me, that have my back.’”

She needed support when there were charges of being “culturally insensitive,” or even “racist” in her latest Hello Kitty video featuring expressionless Asian women dancing in the background and her singing Japanese lyrics.

“It’s very apparent that I’m not doing anything inappropriate or wrong and that I love Japan and I love the culture,” said Lavigne who added her largest music market is Japan.

“I wrote that song with the Japanese lyrics in it for Hello Kitty because of my experience there. I love Japan and I went there and I shot the music video there authentically with this Japanese director. And Tokyo is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love the culture... I think that anyone who read that stuff was probably like, ‘Whatever, she just made a music video.’”

Twitter: @JaneCStevenson

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