Things are complicated for Avril

Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley, who announced their split on Thursday, seemed like the perfect rock couple

Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley, who announced their split on Thursday, seemed like the perfect rock couple. But at the age of 24, Lavigne began to see things differently, sources tell People.

“She married too young and she finally realized that,” said a source. “Avril realized she needs her own life and needs to explore things without him.”

The couple married in 2006, when Lavigne was 21. Though it’s over, Lavigne says she’s “grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship,” she wrote on her website.

Another source close to the couple says they were having serious problems for at least six months. But, the source states, the split is “not about Deryck wanting a kid nor is she dating anyone else.”

Lavigne was spotted partying in the French Riviera night after night on oil heir Brandon Davis’ rented yacht, according to a Page Six source: “She was seen downing shots, drinking booze from the bottle and play-fighting men on the beach ... She wasn’t acting like a married woman at all.”