TOP-SELLING pop singer Avril Lavigne has pledged to stay friends with her "amazing" estranged husband.
It was announced yesterday that the Complicated singer had ended her three-year marriage to Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley, but despite moving out of their Californian home, Avril insists she will see the 29-year-old musician regularly.
The 24-year-old star wrote on her blog: "Deryck and I have been together for six-and-a-half years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21.
"I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship."
Deryck was said to be "crushed" when Avril "walked out on him" but in a posting on his own blog, he claims their separation was amicable.
Friends revealed yesterday the couple have been pictured together just once in recent weeks.
A source said: "She dumped him and told him she was leaving him. She wants to move on. Divorce papers will be filed any day now."
Rumours the couple's marriage was in trouble have been circulating for months, with Avril often seen partying with friends without her husband. - Bang