Why Avril and Deryck Called It Quits

Deryck Whibley and Avril Lavigne

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updated 09/18/2009 AT 2:15 PM ET

originally published 09/19/2009 AT 2:15 PM ET

Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley 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,” says a source. “Avril realized she needs her own life and needs to explore things without him.”

The couple – who
married in 2006, when Lavigne was 21 – announced their split on Thursday after weeks of speculation of trouble in the marriage. “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship,” Lavigne wrote on her Web site.

Another source close to the couple, says the duo was 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.” As for rumors that Lavigne got close with pal Brandon Davis, the sources says, “There is no romance.”


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