Was the Dole food company heir responsible for the breakdown of Avril Lavigne’s marriage to Deryk Whibley? Probably not, it was probably all about the fact that the faux-punk princess is stumbling down Britney Spears Drive on her way to Paris Hilton Avenue. It’s already widely known that Avril hooked up with greasy bear Brandon Davis, and now she’s trying to snag her a pineapple boy.
Avril Lavigne was partying like a single gal even before she and husband Deryk Whibley announced their split on Sept. 17. So it’s no shocker that the “Sk8er Boi” singer has already jumped into a new relationship – with Dole Food Company billionaire Justin Murdock. “Avril and Justin have been to Hawaii together but mostly they’ve been holed up at his place,” an insider tells Star. “Avril’s had a thing for Justin for a while.” Indeed, the two were caught getting close at L.A.’s Delux Bar last December.
But Avril, 25, isn’t ready to go public yet, says the insider. “That’s fine by him – it means they’ll spend more time alone!” As for Deryck, he stepped out with model Hanna Beth Merjos in Las Vegas on Oct. 2.