Lavigne engaged to Sum 41 star

Teen rocker Avril Levigne has got engaged to her Sum 41 star boyfriend Deryck Whibley after a whirlwind romance.

The 19-year-old singer has been secretly dating fellow Canadian, Whibley, 24, since the beginning of the year and was annoyed when their relationship was outed following the publication of photographs of the pair canoodling on a sun lounger by a Los Angeles hotel.

A family friend says: "They know they're young, but Avril has been completely swept off her feet.

"They both come from similar backgrounds and have been drawn together amongst the false celebrity world.

"They are both fiercely private and want to keep their love behind closed doors.

"Both families are very pleased, but have advised them to have a long engagement, due to Avril's age."

Despite her bad girl rock persona, Lavigne recently admitted she loves doing laundry and wearing skirts, adding: "I might look like a tough chick - and I am - but I'm also a hopeless romantic inside."

The pair bought a $15m(€12.2m) house together last month in Santa Monica, California, only a few doors away from Lavigne's chart rival Britney Spears.

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