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Avril Lavigne postpones UK and European tour to 2023

"It really breaks my heart to have to do this, but I know it will be worth the wait"

By Hollie Geraghty

Avril Lavigne sits on a red backdrop holding a bunch of helium balloons
Avril Lavigne on the album cover of 'Love Sux'. (Picture: Press).

Avril Lavigne has postponed her upcoming UK and European tour to 2023, citing issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement shared to the singer’s social media, she wrote: “To my fans in Europe and the UK, I have some unfortunate news to share with you all about my UK and European dates.

“I have to make the difficult decision to postpone this tour until 2023. Due to the on-going issues surrounding the pandemic, there are a series of travel and venue restrictions from country to country that have made the tour not possible to happen.”

She continued: “It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one that will help ensure that we are able to play every single date of the tour, put on the best show possible at full capacity, and operate in a safe environment.

“It really breaks my heart to have to do this, but I know it will be worth the wait.”

All tour dates have now been rescheduled to April-May 2023, and existing tickets are still valid for the new dates.

The Canadian singer was due to play one Manchester show and three London dates.

Her new album, ‘Love Sux’ is due to be released February 25 via Travis Barker’s label DTA Records. It will see features from Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, Machine Gun Kelly and blackbear.

In December the singer also announced plans to adapt her iconic 2002 hit ‘Sk8r Boi’ into a feature film.

Speaking on the podcast She Is The Voice on iHeartRadio, Lavigne discussed the track’s upcoming two-decade anniversary this September.

“Recently with it being almost the 20th anniversary, a lot of people have been asking me to play this song on TV shows, so it keeps getting brought back up and people will always reference it to me,” she said. “And so, I’m actually going to turn this song into a film and take it to the next level.” 

Discussing the origins of the track, she said: “You know what it was like in high school, you have all the different groups and cliques, and there’s like skaters, preps and jocks.” She added: “It’s kind of like a missed opportunity at love.

“The skater boy is in love with the preppy girl and she’s too cool for him but then five years from now she’s feeding the baby and she’s all alone and she wishes she would have followed her heart and not tried to live up to society’s expectations.”