August 22, 2012 7:57 AM | By Chloe Goody and Francis Whittaker
Avril Lavigne is engaged to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger

Is this the most cringeworthy celeb couple of all time? We compare the Canadian duo to other icky couples from the world of showbiz.



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After just six months of dating, Avril Lavigne announced she was engaged to Nickelback's front man Chad Kroeger. While we couldn't be happier for the couple, the are some out there who might think their surprise union is a little bit, well, icky. Sure, he may be 10 (but looks 20) years older than the Sk8er girl, but they have plenty in common. They're both Canadian, they were both fixtures of the best-forgotten commercialized pop-punk/grunge revival of the early 2000s, they're still peddling wildly unfashionable music and, erm, that's it.

The engagement comes as a surprise as many still thought she was dating The Hills star Brody Jenner. Avril was previously married to fellow early 2000s pop-punk star and Sum 41 super-hunk Deryk Whibley.

The pair apparently got together while working on a track for Avril's new album and have been together ever since. They've already sold their to story to Hello! magazine, and Chad has given Avril a 14 carat engagement ring.

Scroll through to see our pick of most cringeworthy couples in celeb history...

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Aug 24, 2012 9:04AM
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The only 'icky' thing I see is this idiotic posting. If ppl want to fall in love and get engaged, what concern is it to anyone else? No wonder celebs hate the media, you never leave them alone for a second.
Aug 24, 2012 7:20AM
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Shame on these writers for being truly small minded, judgmental and rude all the time!  We live in a world that is anti-bullying, we try to teach our kids to do the right thing and just SHUT UP with rude comments, but everywhere we look we see these terrible "journalists" dissing everyone.  Mixed messages to our kids when the media can't set a good example.  Good luck to the couple, hope it works out for them.  Ten years difference is not a big thing at all. 

Aug 24, 2012 5:28AM
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ickiest couple??  What, Are We 16,,What Moronic media hound comes up with this? Not to mention Avril and Chad are not extremely apart in age,,Anyone remember Anna Nicole and Her Hubby? I also gotta wonder why are these media morons suddenly putting down Chad or knickleback`s music so harshly, I also don`t think Avril has hurt anyone with Her music, At least not enough to deserve this trashing, I noticed it was CHLOE GOODY and FRANCIS WHITTAKER used the media to hurt these two people.How is it these two fools are certified to referance Avril or Chads music as "best forgotten commercialized pop-punk/grunge-wildly unfashionable"--are they not Justin Beiber enough for You??  Now I have to wonder what fool paid You two morons to write this garbage,,Good Gawd get a carreer because Your not good at this one!!
Aug 24, 2012 6:21AM
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I agree.... MSN you need new writers!!  We should be supporting our Canadian Artist and not treating them as such!  Chloe Goody and Francis Whittaker get a new job!  Using words like "icky" really demonstrates the level of writting skill you actually have.  MSN, you should apologies for this article.... what an embarrassment!!!
Aug 24, 2012 8:53AM
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Some poeple cant just leave it alone....happiness is not all about looks and celebretiy.

Aug 23, 2012 9:24AM
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Good Luck to the both of them. I have loved Avril Levigne for a long time She is also my  13 year old daughters favorite artist. I have also always liked Nickleback and Chad Kroeger is hot. 
Everyone deserves to be happy, Avril and Chad I wish you all the best of luck Congratulations guys.
Aug 24, 2012 12:16PM
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"super-hunk Deryk Whibley"? Seriously? Man, you shouldn't  be writing about this, if you find Avril and Chad to be an "icky" couple.....but consider Deryk Whibley a...a....a..super hunk??????
Aug 24, 2012 9:02AM
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The only thing "icky" about this is the media's ridiculous combining of the couples names, starting with "Brangelina" Enough already!
Aug 24, 2012 4:28PM
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I think that is great for them. FOR THE RECORD, a lot of people INCLUDING americans still buy & love listening to their music. Nickleback IS NOT considered POP-PUNK/GRUNGE as you so eloquently state. Why DO U MEDIA IDIOTS have to be so negative & nasty all the time? GET OVER IT & let them be. Go get a real job & try & make the world a better place instead of being bitter, jealous & ranting about people who have done NOTHING WRONG!!
Aug 27, 2012 12:03PM
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Honestly,you guys make me sick.Who asked you?You don't know anything about these two.Why don't you write about how much time Avril spends with disadvantaged kids at her foundation?Or how literally millions of girls around the world choose Avril as their role model?

Screw off!

Aug 24, 2012 4:56PM
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Wow these authors are straight up losers. What makes you so special on what is fashionable music. Lets see you write a song let alone major hits. You can hardly write a truthful article let alone a hit losers.
Aug 23, 2012 11:51PM
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Icky? Is the writer of this crap 3? A piece like this says more about the sad life of the writer than anything else.
Aug 24, 2012 12:02PM
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"they were both fixtures of the best-forgotten commercialized pop-punk/grunge revival of the early 2000s, they're still peddling wildly unfashionable music", but yet they are still making music, selling millions of records and sell out concerts all over. Try writing something constructive. Seriously.
To Chad and Avril,Congrats.
Aug 24, 2012 5:50AM
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l wish them all the best they are very lucky l like both there music nickelback is pretty coolband as well as avril her songs are really down to earth . good luck to the two of yous
Aug 24, 2012 12:48PM
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I do not understand why people feel that these two are icky. Having been around music for over 40 years, I think Nickelback kicks out great tunes with rhythm and lyrics that tell a story. Their music has a beat and is easy to listen to. Much unlike grunge etc. Avril has a beautiful voice and Chad has a great voice as well. I hope nothing but the best for them and think that they are true talents. Canadians should be proud of them as they represent our country music wise. I started listening to rock music in the Beatles anf Stones era so I think I know a bit about what I am speaking of. Great singers with great talent.

People are just ****ed because Avril and Chad beat the press to the punch. You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 24, 2012 1:05AM
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The late wife of Kurt Cobain? last time I checked, he was the deceased one, not Courtney Love.
I believe you mean "Was the wife of the late Kurt Cobain" 

Honestly, who edits these things? 
Aug 24, 2012 12:50AM
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whatever.  there is nothing especially "icky" about either of them.  They do what they do to entertain a certain crowd and neither of them are deserving of condemnation ... they haven't been trashy or sleazy or done anything to deserve negative publicity.

Aug 27, 2012 8:59PM
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This article is starting out so mean, I will not bother to read the rest! Is the author prepared to post a photo of the other half so we can all judge if the pairing is icky or not? Is this mean author the same one that did the article on teen heart throbs that had the gall to grow up. Is there no editor to put a lid on your mean streak?
Aug 24, 2012 7:11AM
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Ii have to agree with linny123 ......  this writer sucks!!!!!  go for it Chad and Avril.
Aug 23, 2012 11:56PM
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there are always critics. 10 years is nothing. my brother and sis in law have 9 yrs between them, married 25 yrs, together 33 yrs and 4 kids later, best friends, great parents and partners......so all the best to avril and chad! i wish you many happy, healthy years! prove 'em allll wrong!
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