Inside Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger's Split: The Spark ''Just Slowly Died Out''

Source tells E! News that the singers' separation, which they announced Wednesday, "has been in the works for a while"

By Natalie Finn, Beth Sobol Sep 02, 2015 9:24 PMTags
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It's always sad when something two people were once so excited about ultimately fizzles.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger announced today that they had separated after two years of marriage, Avril taking to Instagram to share the news in as positive a fashion as possible, even using a wedding pic to illustrate their previous togetherness.

But according to a source, Lavigne had some time to figure out just how they were going to break the news.

"Honestly, she's doing OK," the insider tells E! News. "This has been in the works for awhile."

Well, if rumors and hearsay were to be believed, the split had been in the works since nearly day one. Kroeger told ET Canada in November 2014 that he found the chatter "amusing" and "ridiculous."

But ultimately, life got too complicated for the couple. Lavigne revealed back in April that she was battling Lyme disease, and there have been long stretches where she's been MIA from the entertainment scene. She was back on stage just last Saturday, joining Taylor Swift for "Complicated" during the 1989 World Tour stop in San Diego.

"Avril is still sick, so she's not working much—just here and there," our source said. "It's been a tough year. But these days, she's living in L.A. and has a very close, supportive group of friends. She's focused on her recovery but she knows it's going to take time."

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This was the second marriage for Lavigne and the first for Kroeger. "They talked about having kids but it just never happened," adds the source, who doesn't foresee the breakup turning bitter.

"Chad is being supportive," the insider says. "At the end of the day, they just didn't see eye to eye on a lot of things." Moreover, "their friends and their social circles never really mixed."

"They originally got together to make an album and that's where the spark between them originated. But it just slowly died out."

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