\n The biggest mystery about Avril Lavigne: How can one of the edgiest and most powerful voices booming out of everyone's i Pod these days come from someone so incredibly tiny (5 feet 2, tops) and shy?Yep, that's right: The always outspoken, bird-flipping singer is so quiet that her voice rarely elevates above a girlish whisper.
I don't have that stuff going on in my life right now, but we've all experienced it. C: How else have you changed in the past few years? C: Your latest album, Under My Skin, seems a little tougher, a little darker than Let Go.
I actually had an ex-boyfriend tell me he was sorry after he heard one of my songs. I could never date a preppy guy with button-down shirts…like most of the guys in L. And I like guys who are short and kind of small, because I'm short—although I did date one tall guy in high school— and older guys, about four or five years older, because girls are much more mature than guys are. Is that a reflection of how you're feeling these days? It's personal and deep…that's what this record is to me. And I wanted a rawer sound…not as slick and not as pop as the first one.
It's easiest to write songs when I'm either really in love or really mad at a guy.
It's just always best when I'm feeling superemotional.
C: What's something that guys do that really pisses you off? Even if you cheat, you should tell the other person. I would never cheat, but if someone I was dating cheated on me, I'd want to know. A: I've actually always been girlie, but now I'm more girlie—especially in terms of the amount of time it takes me to get ready in the morning and how much I like shopping and clothes now.
A: It's the worst thing when a guy is supposed to call you and he doesn't. But that doesn't happen if you're with someone respectful. Sometimes I dress up fancy.…I'll wear a dress if I'm going out somewhere. I've taken on more responsibility recently—I have my own house now in Toronto.C: "Don't Tell Me" is about kicking a guy out of bed who can't take no for an answer. Guys are babies, and I like to feel like I am being taken care of. C: How do you manage to have a relationship when you're always on the road? If two people believe in something really strongly, I think a longdistance relationship is easy. And you have to remember that any relationship is going to be hard…mostly because you're two different people and you have to figure stuff out. C: Is there any singer your age whom you like or respect? C: Is it true you kicked some girl in a bar who called you a poseur because she said you were trying to be punk?"I'm gonna ask you to stop/ Thought I liked you a lot/But I'm really upset/Get out of my head/Get off of my bed." Have you done anything like that? I've had a guy ask me to come back to his room with him or whatever after the first night, and I was like "No! But I'm not even looking anymore, so I don't really care. A: Yeah…I know that the best way to ever deal with anything is always just to walk away and ignore it. C: What's something mortifying that's happened to you lately? I made my record, released it, and traveled the world." It threw me back, and I had this big bump on my nose. I'm a workaholic though.…I'll make another record right after [the tour ends].I have makeup over it, but it was all swollen up and it still hurts. It sucks that it happened in front of everyone, but at the same time, it was really funny. C: When was the moment you finally felt like you'd really made it as a singer?A: Winning my first award, my MTV music award [for Best New Artist in 2002].