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AVRIL LOVE SPLIT; Pop princess says: I love my husband.. but files for divorce.

Byline: Mark McGivern

POP superstar Avril Lavigne has filed for divorce, court records in Los Angeles have revealed.

Avril, 25, and Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley have been married for just over three years.

She blamed the split on "irreconcilable differences" but told fans on her blog: "Deryck is the most amazing person and I love him with all my heart."

In her legal papers, Avril asks the court to refuse any request Deryck may make for financial support. She adds that she does not want money from her soon-to-be ex-husband.

Cracks

Avril and Deryck, who are both Canadian, married in their homeland in 2006. They had been together for three-and-a-half years before the wedding.

But cracks in their relationship started to show this year, and Avril headed off on holiday to France in August without him.

Shortly after, the couple separated. Insiders said Avril had asked Deryck to move out of their pounds 6million mansion in Bel Air near LA.

A source said: "Avril dumped him and told him she was leaving him. She wants to move on."

Another insider claimed: "Avril and Deryckhave been growing apart for months. They have become more like business partners than husband and wife."

Avril insisted on her blog that the split was amicable. She wrote: "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. I admire Deryck and have a great amount of respect for him.

"He is the most amazing person I know and I love him with all my heart. Deryck and I are separating and moving forward on a positive note."

Deryck, 29, told fans on his MySpace page: "Our decision to part ways is amicable.

"Avril holds a special place in my heart and forever will be a great and amazing friend."

Deryck has been seen out on the town with model Hanna Beth Merjos since the split.

Avril has sold more than 30million records since she burst on to the music scene with Let's Go! in 2002. She is currently working on her fourth album.

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GOLDEN COUPLE: Avril with Deryck before the marriage fell apart this year
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